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Chuck Close Quote: “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.”

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

— Chuck Close



Chuck Close Quote: “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightening to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself.”

Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightening to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself.

— Chuck Close


Chuck Close Quote: “If you’re overwhelmed by the size of a problem, break it down into smaller pieces.”

If you’re overwhelmed by the size of a problem, break it down into smaller pieces.

— Chuck Close


Chuck Close Quote: “Inspiration is for amateurs. professionals work everyday. Personally the best inspiration is a deadline.”

Inspiration is for amateurs. professionals work everyday. Personally the best inspiration is a deadline.

— Chuck Close


Chuck Close Quote: “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.”

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.

— Chuck Close


Chuck Close Quote: “Never let anyone define what you are capable of by using parameters that don’t apply to you.”

Never let anyone define what you are capable of by using parameters that don’t apply to you.

— Chuck Close


Chuck Close Quote: “Having a routine, knowing what to do, gives me a sense of freedom and keeps me from going crazy. It’s calming.”

Having a routine, knowing what to do, gives me a sense of freedom and keeps me from going crazy. It’s calming.

— Chuck Close


Chuck Close Quote: “Art saved my life in two ways. It made me feel special, because I could do things my friends couldn’t, but it also gave me a way to demonstrate to my teacher that, despite the fact that I couldn’t write a paper or do math, I was paying attention.”

Art saved my life in two ways. It made me feel special, because I could do things my friends couldn’t, but it also gave me a way to demonstrate to my teacher that, despite the fact that I couldn’t write a paper or do math, I was paying attention.

— Chuck Close


Chuck Close Quote: “You don’t have to reinvent the wheel every day. Today you will do what you did yesterday, and tomorrow you will do what you did today. Eventually you will get somewhere.”

You don’t have to reinvent the wheel every day. Today you will do what you did yesterday, and tomorrow you will do what you did today. Eventually you will get somewhere.

— Chuck Close


Chuck Close Quote: “Those who are waiting for an epiphany to strike may wait forever. The artist simply goes to work, making art, both good and not so good.”

Those who are waiting for an epiphany to strike may wait forever. The artist simply goes to work, making art, both good and not so good.

— Chuck Close



Chuck Close Quote: “I don’t believe in inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs. Some of the time you know you’re cooking, and the rest of the time, you just do it.”

I don’t believe in inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs. Some of the time you know you’re cooking, and the rest of the time, you just do it.

— Chuck Close


Chuck Close Quote: “Inspiration is for amateurs.”

Inspiration is for amateurs.

— Chuck Close


Chuck Close Quote: “Get yourself in trouble. If you get yourself in trouble, you don’t have the answers. And if you don’t have the answers, your solution will more likely be personal because no one else’s solutions will seem appropriate. You’ll have to come up with your own.”

Get yourself in trouble. If you get yourself in trouble, you don’t have the answers. And if you don’t have the answers, your solution will more likely be personal because no one else’s solutions will seem appropriate. You’ll have to come up with your own.

— Chuck Close


Chuck Close Quote: “Ease is the enemy of the artist. When things get too easy, you’re in trouble.”

Ease is the enemy of the artist. When things get too easy, you’re in trouble.

— Chuck Close


Chuck Close Quote: “Every child should have a chance to feel special.”

Every child should have a chance to feel special.

— Chuck Close


Chuck Close Quote: “A face is a road map of someone’s life. Without any need to amplify that or draw attention to it, there’s a great deal that’s communicated about who this person is and what their life experiences have been.”

A face is a road map of someone’s life. Without any need to amplify that or draw attention to it, there’s a great deal that’s communicated about who this person is and what their life experiences have been.

— Chuck Close


Chuck Close Quote: “There are so many artists that are dyslexic or learning disabled, it’s just phenomenal. There’s also an unbelievably high proportion of artists who are left-handed, and a high correlation between left-handedness and learning disabilities.”

There are so many artists that are dyslexic or learning disabled, it’s just phenomenal. There’s also an unbelievably high proportion of artists who are left-handed, and a high correlation between left-handedness and learning disabilities.

— Chuck Close


Chuck Close Quote: “I’m not by nature a terribly intuitive person; I need to build a situation in which I will behave more intuitively, and that has really changed the life of my work – I found a way to trick myself into being intuitive.”

I’m not by nature a terribly intuitive person; I need to build a situation in which I will behave more intuitively, and that has really changed the life of my work – I found a way to trick myself into being intuitive.

— Chuck Close


Chuck Close Quote: “In the 7th grade, I made a 20-foot long mural of the Lewis and Clark Trail while we were studying that in history because I knew I wasn’t going to be able to spit back the names and the dates and all that stuff on a test.”

In the 7th grade, I made a 20-foot long mural of the Lewis and Clark Trail while we were studying that in history because I knew I wasn’t going to be able to spit back the names and the dates and all that stuff on a test.

— Chuck Close


Chuck Close Quote: “Part of the joy of looking at art is getting in sync in some ways with the decision-making process that the artist used and the record that’s embedded in the work.”

Part of the joy of looking at art is getting in sync in some ways with the decision-making process that the artist used and the record that’s embedded in the work.

— Chuck Close


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