In Okay For Now, by Gary D. Schmidt, what is the character's motivation and how was his success and motivation determined by it?

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Doug was motivated by the fact that he discovered his talent in drawing and his interest in art. He visited the library in Marysville and was impressed by what he saw inside. It was at this point that he came across the picture of The Arctic Tern, which according to him was both breathtaking and terrifying. Doug went back to the library and was received by Mr. Powell, a friendly librarian, who also noticed Doug’s interest in the artwork. Mr. Powell encouraged Doug to practice by redrawing The Arctic Tern and even got the boy some drawing materials. Doug went back to continue with his drawing but found the art piece gone, which he later learned was sold and replaced by another. The remaining pieces were also sold much to his disappointment. However, an encounter with his father’s boss helped him recover one of the artworks from him and he returned it to the library. The importance of the artworks to Mr. Powell and the need to preserve the collection encouraged Doug to find the other pieces. He successfully acquired them from the new owners except for one, The Arctic Tern, which was replaced with his own rendition.