Chuck Close from Wisdom said:. 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.
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.
This quote from New York painter and printmaker Chuck Close has been pinned to my desktop for years. Chuck is one of my personal heroes. His wall-sized, haunting self-portrait is front and center as you walk in my apartment.
The answer seems obvious: yes. If a painting inspires its viewers, it must been created by an inspired artist, right? I say no.
Chuck Close, a year-old master of photorealist painting, suffers from dyslexia, temporary paralysis, and a condition known as prosopagnosia which disables his capacity to recognize faces. One would imagine that he needs a great deal of inspiration to continually produce great work. But the opposite is true — Chuck Close despises inspiration.
The only real obstacle in your path to a fulfilling life is you, and that can be a considerable obstacle because you carry the baggage of insecurities and past experience. Last night, while surfing the television channels, I came across an episode of "Charlie Rose. Though he is severely paralyzed due to a spinal artery collapse that occurred inhe continues to paint and produce highly sought-after, incredible works of art.