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I believe that art enriches and informs our lives everyday in many positive ways. Sharing those experiences, whether as an artist or as an appreciator, is part of the pleasure. I welcome your comments and hope you find something of value: a laugh, an insight, a new idea or just a happy moment. Enjoy art!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Caution: Work Zone

Have you ever thought about your work habits?  Artists have as many routines as
other professions and about as many "must have" quirks.
I confess that I "must have" several irons in the fire; that
is, I am happiest and most productive when I have more than one
project or painting, on deck.
I know others that absolutely will not start a new piece until the
previous one is signed and sealed.  But that is not me.  I bounce around from
piece to piece sometimes painting on as many as 4 or 5 a day.  Why?

I have found that when I hit a hard spot I need to leave the piece and let the brain
work on it away from the easel.  Consciously or sub-consciously I
solve the dilemna and
am restored and recharged when I return to the piece.
This is a current shot of my studio.
I count 5 pieces out and in progress.  Another reason I like this method
is that when I take a break I can sip some tea, sit in a chair
opposite of this "mess" and easily evaluate what needs to be done.
I can seperate the forest and trees so to speak.  A painting may be neglected for several days while
I contemplate what it needs.  Or it may fall together quickly.
Much like when I worked in an office and wrote ad copy, or organized events or
handled citizen inquiries. 
Are your work habits fairly you know why?


  1. I LOVE that all of your pieces are "in a line". My works in progress are all over the house --- the loom in one room, the glass in another, tile work in yet another and all the sewing projects are well, wherever I worked on them last! And that doesn't count what I'm working on at the shoppe! I have to take a home/town tour to evaluate. How's that for consistent chaos! Ha! In warm weather everything goes back in my home studio again. THAT is my favorite!

  2. Cindy, you are so lucky to have a spacious studio where you can have multiple pieces going on - I'm envious!

    The way my studio is, if I don't finish a painting, which definitely happens, it goes off the easel into a stack where I tend to forget about it. I'd love to be able to have a few pieces to dabble on when I hit an impasse with one.

  3. This studio is like a galley kitchen, you can turn around and there is another's small but efficient and a dream come true!


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