Sunday PhotoArt Quote – Chuck Close

Some people know how to smack you upside the head in just a few words.

I often find that the fewer the words often, the higher the impact.

chuck close art quote“Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work.” Chuck Close

Pretty sure I have used this quote here before but I believe it bears repetition. If you wait for inspiration to strike you could well be standing on the platform when the train travels past leaving you behind. In my study of artists of all types in looking for inspiration I find that in almost all genres including writing, painting, sculpting and photography, the advice most offered to becoming a stronger artist is just to do it. Of course, you want to practice well but just getting in there and producing whether making mistakes or masterpieces will move you down the road to becoming more proficient at your craft.

Daguerretype – Chuck CloseDaguerreotype – Self-portrait © Chuck Close

Chuck Close was one of the photographic artists who inspired me with a larger than life portraits printed on various strata. Even though he suffered a spinal artery collapse that left him paralyzed he kept working and painting creating photo-realistic work that continues to inspire me today.

Time to get to work. I still need more practice.

How about you?

Yours in Creative Photography,      Bob