TOM HORN WATERCOLOR ON ARCHES 140 11 X 14
Sometimes when I am at the studio, I paint, and sometimes I listen to Tom Waits, and sometimes I watch videos on Youtube. This week I was pretty focused on getting some painting done. I had some encouragement.
I ran onto this quote by a rather famous artist, Chuck Close:
"I always thought inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work. You sign onto a process and see where it takes you. You don't have to reinvent the wheel every day. Today you will do what you did yesterday, and tomorrow you will do what you did today. Eventually you will get somewhere. Every great idea I ever had grew out of the work itself. If you're going to wait around until the clouds open up and lightening to strike you in the brain, you're not going to make an awful lot of work."
I translated this for myself a bit differently because I don't have to punch a clock,and I do not paint and draw to make a living. I would love to sell more, but . . . Here is my take:
I always thought one must wait for some sort of inspiration to just come, whether from clouds, dreams, or whatever. But I considered the Close quote and came to the studio and just went to work each morning on something, finishing a painting, starting a new one, stretching paper (but not stalling around) and I didn't need inspiration to just appear out of the ether. Inspiration did come from the work and inspiration from what I was working at. Here are some of my accomplishments this week:
SHOOTER WATERCOLOR ON ARCHES 140 14 x 20
FLOATIN' THE BOISE WATERCOLOR ON ARCHES 140 8.5 X 11
LONELY SLOUGH 16 x 20 GOUACHE ON GESSOED CANVAS (IMPRESSIONISTIC/ABSTRACT/EXPERIMENT?)