Artificial Landscapes - Cloud and Sea

Sea & Cloud
Sea & Cloud - 12x12" - Oil on Panel

This is an idea I've been playing with in my head for a while - I'm glad it has finally found its way out.  I've really been loving still life paintings lately.  I'm trying to capture a lot of ideas using only a few objects.  I'm still wrapping my mind around what direction I want to take these, but in the meantime I'm going to just keep working.  

Lately, this has been my mantra:

“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.” 

-Chuck Close

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