Anthony Dominick Benedetto and Thanksgiving

He left his heart in San Francisco …  but discovered art all around the world.  You probably know him as the singer, Tony Bennett, but he has become deservedly renowned as the artist, Benedetto.  I have a coffee table book in our condo on Point Pleasant Beach through which I first became aware of Tony’s passion for painting.  It’s a beautiful book, its cover faded from sun exposure, but cherished nonetheless.

He’s 86 years old now but Bennett is still going strong, as evidenced by this recent interview on NPR and appearance on CBS with Charlie Rose. He’s got a delightful new book out, appropriate for Thanksgiving, titled Life Is A Gift, subtitled The Zen of Bennett.  Each chapter of the book ends with a box of pearls bearing the subtitle.  Here are some of his zen suggestions:

* Do something to improve yourself, every single day

* Work doesn’t feel like word if you’re passionate about what you do

* Despite what others say, refuse to compromise your high standards

* People will reward you if you consistently produce high quality work

* Instead of focusing on being number one, attempt to be one of the best

* It takes years of practice to be able to make the best work seem effortless

* It is very important to know what to leave out, thereby emphasizing what remains

About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
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