I Want To be More Than Another Amateur

Untitled No. 166 B

I wish I would have taken this advice more seriously today:

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 & 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 from the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you.

Chuck Close – American painter, artist & photographer

I should’ve followed this good advice from Chuck Close today.
But I let myself get distracted several times.
I thought I would get things done.
That there was more than enough time in the day.
But I was wrong!

It’s not like I didn’t do anything:

  • I did spend some quality time with my wife and friends.
  • I did the weekly shopping.
  • I went mountain biking.
  • I managed to keep my Instagram streak going (166 days – A new image every day, see above).

But, I did not accomplish what I had planned to do for this project today.

The day wasn’t a total waste.
But I didn’t do what I told myself I would do.

There was more than enough time.
But I fucked around.

So now I’m disappointed because I let myself down.

So tomorrow – I’m going to show up and do the work.
Put some more intentional effort into this project.
Get some stuff done.

Not just thinking, but doing!

I want to be more than just another amateur.

What about you?
How was your day?