Monday, February 21, 2011

Chuck Close and Inspiration

"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

Friday, February 4, 2011

Keeping Up

I told myself I would keep up with my blog more for 2011... Well, a month has gone by already and here is my first entry for the new year. I haven't been lax. Things are just very busy! Private commissions and illustration work trickle in but is enough to eat up my time and makes it a challenge to keep up.
Year of the Rabbit!

Hope all have a productive and prosperous year.