Renee purchased a book for me this Christmas called “Wisdom” by Andrew Zuckerman. It is a compilation of quotes, images, and reflections of well-known, over-sixty-five year old personalities. It includes artists, actors, philosophers, etc. from Nick Nolte to Jane Goodall. Already, I have been blessed by its words, including the following from artist Chuck Close…
“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…”
“…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 any thing 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 to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”
An excerpt taken from Wisdom by Andrew Zuckerman.