Contemporary Art

My blog and studio journal

A little bit of what's happening in the studio, sights and travels, and rumination on art and life and what-have-you.

Showing up

There is a quote on the wall in my studio next to my easel and in view of the desk. It says...

 "Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work" -Chuck Close

It's a bit ironic of course, but I find that statement inspiring!  How many times have I faced a blank canvas or blank page or computer screen and thought "Oh crap. Now what do I do"?  Hint: many times.  I keep this where I can see it so when I hear my own internal whining about a blank page begin, Chuck Close's words are there to remind me.  Creativity isn't about something falling into your lap. There is some work involved here and you have to show up for it.  And that's a good thing too because it also means that making something is within my own power and not dependent upon something external and even less reliable than my own self. 

 Some work in progress....

Some work in progress....