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While I’m composing the next post [with pix from my Facebook albums] of a self-promotional nature, I’d like to share this flash of brilliance:

“Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work and the belief that things will grow out of the activity itself and that you will, through work, bump into other possibilities and kick open other doors that you would never dream up if you were just sitting around looking for a great art idea.  And that a belief in that the process, in a sense, is liberating and that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel everyday.  Today you know what you will do, you could be doing what you were doing yesterday and tomorrow you are going to do what you did today and at least for a certain period of time if you can just work to hang in there, you will get somewhere.”  ~  Chuck Close

So many times this has proven itself true for me — many of my best works ‘just happen’ when I’m futzing about and playing with one medium or another.  Play is absolutely vital to the process of discovery.