I still have that book from boarding school, also known as “Strunk & White” (William Strunk, Jr. & EB White), a guide for proper American English writing style.
I NEVER opened the book (the spine doesn’t have a crease) and it still sits on my bookshelf at home.
“Don’t look for a style. Let if find you, again and again as it deepens and grows in richness, and as to your style, your friends will recognize it, you won’t, unless you stole someone else’s. Style comes to you when it is ready and it comes as inevitably as sweat on a July day.” – Charles Goslin (Pratt Institute. Former professor of design. Feb 23, 1932 – May 16, 2007)
As an artist, the two questions I get the most are:
“Where do you get your style from?”
“What inspires you?”
I figured to somehow combine both art and lacrosse here, considering my two passions I’m known for. My artistic style comes from a variety of artists that I love. I was fortunate to spend 3 years of my childhood growing up in Milan, Italy where I was able to see an abundance of original masterpieces up front. You might be able to see the influence in my work(s). The list of ARTISTS goes:
Leonardo Da Vinci (Italian. April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519)
Albrecht Durer (German. May 21, 1417 -April 6, 1528)
Vincent Van Gogh (Dutch. March 30, 1853 – July 29, 1890)
John Singer Sargent (American. January 12, 1856 – April 14, 1925)
There are so many more artists but these are my top dawgs!
As far as an ATHLETE. This is where it gets interesting!
Scott Bacigalupo (American, Goalie. Princeton University 1991-1994)
Mike Richter (American, Goalie. New York Rangers 1989-2003)
Lighting quick reflexes, aggressive, acrobatic and flexible!
Mix all contents in a bowl. Stir frequently. The final product(s) should look something like the following:
Inspiration and style comes from a multitude of things. From Leornardo’s invention drawings, Van Gogh’s vibrant use of color, Bacigalupo’s unorthodox execution to Richter’s gymnast-style of flexibility – the more, the better. But getting points for STYLE is not enough. I’m constantly reminded how HARD these famous artists and decorated athletes had to WORK, growing their craft and expertise – and that is the MOST IMPORTANT aspect! As for that book, “The Elements of Style” maybe I can sell it to buy much needed art supplies and/or lacrosse equipment.