Chuck Close’s Notes to Self

On Facebook, a friend of mine had a link to a video on Chuck Close about his “Notes to Self”, which is advice he would give himself when he was 14. This is a series of interviews done by one of the major networks. Chuck Close is an artist who does exceptionally large portraits. He happens to be a quadriplegic and cannot recognize faces. He had this painting in MOMA in San Francisco the last time I was there. His painting is enormous, probably about 15’ x 12’. He builds this painting out of small abstract squares. I read somewhere that his grandmother was a quilter. You can see her influence.

His comments definitely made sense to me. He said, “Inspiration is for amateurs – the rest of us just show up and get to work. Every great idea I’ve ever had grew out of work itself. Sign on to a process and see where it takes you.”

The entire interview is worth viewing. The link to the interview is: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-207_162-57411846/chuck-closes-advice-to-his-younger-self/.advice

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