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Baseball painting of Derek Jeter holding his baseball bat in the bstters circle

Derek Jeter New York Yankees

Derek Jeter Says It All

What is so good about Derek Jeter quotes is that they apply to life in general.  I see some great comparisons to being an artist.  For example Jeter said, ” Sometimes people complicate thingsBaseball great shortstop Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees squatting  in the  on deck circle holding a bst and looking down. by thinking too much about what someone might think of what they said or did.”  Now, that quote really applies to art.

Painting With a Cat

Let’s say an artist dumps a cat into a can of paint then slouches the cat around on a piece of canvas. There is cat fur in the paint and maybe some scratch marks where that cat clawed to get free.  Some blood from the artist may have gotten mixed into the paint – but all of the fur and cat scratches end up on the canvas.  So, a critic comes along and tries to give some meaning to why the artist used a cat to paint a painting.   He’ll say something like, “The claw marks are an allegory of the artist’s struggle with his existence – and the blood represents the depth to which he will go to achieve his goals – and the cat’s independence is a metaphor for the artist trying to create a painting without the influence of others.”  Where in actuality the artist used the cat because all of his brushes were bad and he liked the way the cat fur held paint.   Or to paraphrase William Faulkner,  “Sometimes you just need a cat.”

More Derek Jeter Wisdom

Another thing Jeter said.  “You can’t be sensitive, because you’re going to get criticized. I don’t care who you are, you’re going to get criticized.”  How true in painting.  Everyone is a critic.  Everyone has an opinion.  I have painted a lot of portraits.  And no matter what, someone is going to say, “You know, that nose is crooked as a frog’s leg. ” … Or, “Her eyes look like that of an owl.”    I know when I create a figurative painting a lot of women say, on completion, “Could you make my breasts a little bit larger?”

A Little Bit About Derek Jeter

“Derek Jeter was born on June 26, 1974, in Pequannock, New Jersey. He was drafted by the Yankees in 1992. During 1996, his first full season in the majors, his performance helped the Yankees win the World Series against the Braves. Since then, he’s seen four more Yankees World Series wins in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2009. Jeter is the all-time Yankees hit leader and was named team captain in 2003. When he officially retired in 2014, he ranked sixth in MLB history with 3,465 hits.”  Thank you for the information from http://www.biography.com/people/derek-jeter-189311

The Derek Jeter Baseball Player Painting is 5 feet by 6 feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas by sports artist John Robertson