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Monday, January 05, 2009

Hitting a little Close to home

This has been hanging around as an active tab in my browser window for weeks. I just can't bring myself to delete it's daily reminder. It's an article

Working in Close

It's a riff from a productivity blog, 43 Folders, about the working approach used by Chuck Close, an extraordinary artist who's life is as interesting as his work, which appears in low-rent spaces like The Met, MoMa, the Getty, and the National Gallery of Australia.

But I especially like the pull-quote from blogger , summing up the implication of Close's approach to work and creativity:
And, sorry, all those romantic notions you have of absinthe spoons, manic episodes and Kerouac-like rambling on a long roll of butcher paper really aren’t operative. Creative work is mostly showing up every day and enduring a million tiny failures as you feel your way to something a bit new.
What a great message for those of us who complain, occasionally, of having un-ideal conditions to create, or the wrong mind-set, or the wrong flavour of yogurt, or whatever. Just get on with it. That is the work of creativity: just getting on with it.

“Inspiration is for amateurs. I just get to work.” — Chuck Close

(Discovered via Beautiful & Depraved, which continues to knock me out.)

Comments on "Hitting a little Close to home"


Blogger Almost American said ... (6:44 PM) : 

I forget where I read it, but I read a comment to the effect that the difference between a writer whose work gets published and one whose work does not has nothing to do with the quality of the writing and much more to do with the sheer determination of the published author to succeed - just getting on with it!


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