Artist Profiles

their rituals, routines,
and daily habits.

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Andy Farkas

What time do you get up?
Between 6:30 and 7:00 a.m.

What time do you go to sleep?
Ideally 10, though often it’s later to be able to spend some time with my wife after a long day working and helping with the kids.

Is your creative work your full-time job?

No. I’m also a graphic designer. I keep those worlds as separate as I can.

Do you wait for inspiration before you begin or do you begin regardless of inspiration?
Inspiration is fluid and fickle and can come on it’s own or after something is begun. The artistic practice in that sense is more like a discipline: practice and receive inspiration as it comes and don’t be disappointed when it does not. Also, my chosen medium allows space for simple “work” more like focused labor, chiseling away blank spaces, repetitive carving areas etc.

How many hours a day, on average, do you do your creative work?
Difficult to answer that. I consider a good day 3 hours minimum. However in this stage of my life with family and work this is possible only 2-3 times a week. On those days I get between 3-6 hours of work done.

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The routine is as much a part of the creative process as the lightning bolt of inspiration, maybe more. And this routine is available to everyone. —Twyla Tharp