Inspiration is for amateurs

I love this quote from painter Chuck Close. It bears reading:

 “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. If you wait
around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning 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. 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
anything 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 down to work, and I
find that’s almost never the case.”