Below is a statement taken from Daybook, The Journal of An Artist, by American sculptor Anne Truitt (3\16\21 – 12\23\04).
Despite her artform, she must’ve had a bit of the cinematographer in her.
“An undertaking begins with a surge of energy that carries it a certain distance toward completion. There then occurs a drop in energy which must be lifted back to an effective level by conscious effort, in my experience by bringing to bear hard purpose. It is here that years of steady application to a specific process can come into play. It is, however, in the final stage just before completion that pleasure mounts almost unbearably to a point at which it is necessary to bring to bear an even more special kind of effort. It is at this point, when an idea is on the verge of bursting into physicality that I find myself meeting maximum difficulty. I sometimes have the idea that the physical system seems in its very nature to resist invasion by idea. It is at this critical point that most failures seem to me to occur. The energy required to push the original concept into actualization, to finish it, has quite a different qualitative feel from the effort needed to bring it to this point. Years of training build experience capable of holding a process through the second stage. The opposition of purpose to natural indolence, the friction of this opposition, maintained year after year, seems to create a situation that attracts this mysterious third force, the curious fiery energy required to raise an idea into realization.”
Though her notion can be applied to any passionate pursuit, our concern here is narrow. Like I always say…think about it.
If you’re interested in the source material, here’re the stats:
Daybook, The Journal of An Artist