Here's the real title and my quote " You can't wait for perfection you can only work toward it ."
I'm a decent artist/craftsman , but hardly great . I keep looking for inspiration for that great work of ART . Yet it hasn't worked for me so here's a quote that's been an epiphany at least for me .
"Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work." this is a Chuck Close quote .
Here's the full quote or most of it anyway :
"Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work. And the belief that things will grow out of the activity itself and that you will — through work — bump into other possibilities and kick open other doors that you would never have dreamt of if you were just sitting around looking for a great 'art idea.' And the belief that process, in a sense, is liberating and that you don't have to reinvent the wheel every day. Today, you know what you'll do, you could be doing what you were doing yesterday, and tomorrow you are gonna do what you did today, and at least for a certain period of time you can just work. If you hang in there, you will get somewhere."
This has worked for me when I wasn't thinking about my art and just doing it and not even thinking about it as art just that it was something I should be doing .
More Chuck "I was never one of those people who had to have a perfect situation to paint in. I can make art anywhere, anytime — it doesn't matter. I mean, I know so many artists for whom having the perfect space is somehow essential. They spend years designing, building, outfitting the perfect space, and then when it is just about time to get to work they'll sell that place and build another one. It seems more often than not a way to keep from having to work. But I could paint anywhere. I made big paintings in the tiniest bedrooms, garages, you name it. you know, once I have my back to the room, I could be anywhere."
He could have been pointing right at me when he said this . Argh! I'm that fool that always feels he needs a great studio to work in . And yet I've done my best work with crappy tools and in a lousy work area .
"I never had painter's block in my whole life." Chuck Close
Honestly I've always had more ideas than I could make , but I always wanted it to be special or great or whatever . Well screw that ! I'm just making stuff and as long as I want to make it that's all that matters .