A piece of advice

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

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3 thoughts on “A piece of advice”

  1. Absolutely! That is part of the design process. Doing research, brainstorming, keeping it at both the front and back of your mind should be happening throughout the design project and beyond. If you are not continually noticing “stuff” and storing it in your mind, you are at a real disadvantage when it comes to designing. Get out there and STOP, LOOK and LISTEN! That’s not just a piece of sage advice for crossing a street, but it is a life and problem-solving lesson.

  2. There is a saying I often used to hear back in Russia: While your eyes are frightened of the amount of work, your hands are working on it. (I’m not 100% sure for translation, but it’s close — means that only actual work can bring results )

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