Finding Inspiration: Do we need it?

“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

Recently I began reading and collecting a lot of quotes, and this one caught my eye. The more I read it, the more I find it to be true. I realized that inspiration for me, was just another way to procrastinate. Who knew there were so many ways!?

Instead of actually getting out and getting things done I would wait around to see something that sparked an idea. This method will a. take forever or b. never spark an idea. Instead of finding inspiration to ‘show me the way’ I find now I just need my own aspirations to push me forward. This is a lot less time consuming and makes you go in the direction you want.

Don’t get me wrong though, I’ll still be doing these Finding Inspiration posts every month. I think its a nice excuse to look at and discuss other peoples work haha…

And just for an after thought… Happy Valentines Day! I hope everyone didn’t waste all their money on a day that is basically used for commercial purposes.


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