Words of Advice from Chuck Close: "Just Get to Work!"

"Inspiration is for amateurs. I just get to work." - Chuck Close

Chuck Close paints incredible portraits of himself and others with his unique style even though he holds the brush between his teeth due to being a quadriplegic. He is awesome and his paintings are beautiful in person.

In a recent interview with Terry Gross, Chuck gives some great advice for anyone who can't think of what to do. Don't wait for inspiration, just get into the habit of making and ride it. After all, Chuck does well with this and here's how he describes himself:

I'm a nervous wreck. I'm a slob. I have no patience. And I'm rather lazy. All those things would seem to guarantee that I would not make work like I make. But I didn't want to just go with my nature.

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jessyratfink10 years ago
Wow. What an amazing guy. He sort of reminds me of the Murderball player that came and spoke to our class last semester. :D
Spl1nt3rC3ll10 years ago
Cool! So he painted that with his teeth?
Yep. He's been painting ginormous portraits for decades. Before he was paralyzed he did photorealistic ones.
If you look at this from a distance, it looks photo-realistic. Each of those squares is like a pixel. He choses the pattern and colors of each square to form a composite color. His work is amazing. No computers to figure it out. He is a contemporary of the great pop artists of the '60s. Close uses special mechanical rigging to raise and lower the gigantic canvasses to his height so that he can paint each "pixel" from his wheel chair. If you haven't seen his stuff, prepare to be amazed.
fungus amungus (author)  Spl1nt3rC3ll10 years ago
Yup. They're really cool to see.
Goodhart10 years ago
Very cool, much like Joni Erickson: A diving accident left her a quadrapalegic.... During this time, and unable to use her hands after the accident, she learned how to paint by holding a brush in her mouth. She also learned how to move her arms a little using her back muscles, which, with special equipment in the car, allowed her to learn how to drive. Some more on Joni I remember the movie, which was not as good as her book.