The quote below is from American artist Chuck Close. I believe it is found in the book “Wisdom” by Andrew Zuckerman.
“The advice I like to give to 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 lighting 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 that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnnecessary 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.”