Tuesday, January 21, 2014


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.”

― Chuck Close


  1. I now feel inspired to no longer be inspired.

    Plus I agree and I disagree...and I can't explain why either, maybe it's because if I even started writing, or any art for that matter, it was due to inspiration..the rest I guess was just getting up and writing myself...

    But again, I sort of wait for things to come naturally..I don't know if you can really "work" the art out of yourself...but again..you sort of can. You get what I'm attempting to say.

  2. This is like an enlightenment, of course one can just sit around waiting for an inspiration but who knows how long it's gonna take. Always better to just get going and see if things work out and if not just get on to the next thing. This will lead to something sooner than waiting for inspiration.