“Inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us just show up and get to work”
— Chuck Close
The making of art is completely a place of vulnerability. It’s an act of bravery. And it’s radical — radically daring to be truly seen.
I’ve been fortunate lately to talk with several art makers. Most of them wouldn’t call themselves that. But upon talking to them further, about their processes, about the many ways they express themselves creatively, there is nothing else to call them but artists.
What mastery do we feel we need to accomplish? What’s the invisible red line we must cross before we can bestow the label “artist” on ourselves?
To me, it has everything to do with showing up and doing it. Making art is like exercise or anything else very good for you. You might not feel like putting in the time, but once you do, you never regret it.
So stop waiting for inspiration to find you; first, it must find you working. And it’s true, when you show up with the work regularly, inspiration is everywhere. It’s waiting for you to go do engage it! Get on that, dear ones!
As a closing side note, my hats off to every maker out there. To every person who shows up with their chosen passion and does it. You inspire me. You make me want to show up. Simply put, you’re my people. Go forth and make art.