I ran across a wonderful quote on Facebook recently. Attributed to the painter Chuck Close, it speaks about the importance of process – setting out to work rather than waiting for inspiration to strike. It’s something I have long believed and, in fact, is very much at the heart of these weekly endeavors.
So let me share this week’s effort with you along with the quote to which I have referred.
“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work…
…If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you…
…If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction…
…Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive…
…You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”
Thank you Chuck Close.
While caught up in my “process” this past week I had an unexpected visitor.
These objects have been laying around the studio for far too long, so it was about time I did something with them.
Before I close for today I’d like to thank Bob and Johanna Titus for not only inviting me to join them in exhibition at the Catskill Center in Arkville but also for the very nice article they wrote about me in the local paper. The article is entitled “Art in the Fossils”. And the exhibit will remain up through the end of July.
Thanks for the visit.