Chuck Close On Inspiration

I always thought that 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’re not going to make an awful lot of work.

— Chuck Close, in the film/book/website Wisdom



  1. Ruth Raymond · · Reply

    This is Chuck Close’s feeling about inspiration!

  2. How true this is! Chuck Close’s honest, simple take on “inspiration” is an inspiration. It’s all about the work. Great ideas just stay there, as ideas, if you don’t do somthing with them.

    1. Wow! So many creative ideas! A few years ago when we laeckd space for a real tree, I use two tomato cages that were shaped like cones and stacked them. Then I cut strips of silver paper and folded each strip over the grids of the cage. As I filled each row on the grid with folded strips it began to take the shape of a pine tree atop a mountain side. I then added a white stick on white sparkle to each strip and placed a light inside the tree. It was pretty and simple.

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