” 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
It is just so easy to get distracted. I am so envious of people who can remain focused. I wonder what that’s like? and it is so easy to get sidetracked by things I don’t want to do. It’s really easy to say “follow your bliss,” but it’s a completely different thing to actually do it; for one reason or another. Sometimes the reason is fear, sometimes obligation and other times just plain laziness. Maybe laziness is too judgemental of a word, but I know it’s easier to not do my artwork than it is to sit down and do it. And I can come up with a million excuses to not do my work-laundry, organizing the closet, errands. It’s a matter of discipline. though I love the spirit of freedom and entrepreneurship, it’s actually a lot of work and requires a lot of discipline. It’s a discipline that sometimes exists beyond structure and is of my own making.
That’s often the misconception of artists and artwork-it’s easy, breezy and fun. Yes, it is, but it’s also A LOT of work and dedication of one’s craft, skill, failures and successes. Dedication is ultimately is what keeps artists doing what they do, past the distractions, doubts, fear and misgivings. And it’s not always glamorous, exciting or sparkly. sometimes it’s gray, mundane and a pain in the ass. It’s work and needs to get done. And sometimes, the laundry will just have to wait.