― Chuck Close
“Amateurs look for inspiration; the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
- Chuck Close
|This is Chuck Close (known for his super realistic portraits) doing a self-portrait.|
I’ve been thinking about these quotes for awhile and how true it can be. It’s often that I’ve sat – perusing Pinterest, Tumblr, or some other site looking for something that makes the big light bulb go off in my head. Really – WTF. It’s true I have gotten a certain “springboard” moment off of a visual image, but it’s always the process itself that makes it work. You work, you rework, and the inspiration hits – the solution is at hand and the piece you finish makes you feel – well – satisfied you took the time to work the process. And, if you are satisfied you find out people recognize that - and they tend to, "feel the feeling" you did, while you were creating. It’s a difficult but necessary process in a “ready-made” production world. But, the more mass-produced things get the more people are turning to handmade. And THAT is a good thing.