Art Store Wish List

As a reward for completing my current multi-year secret project (probably another three months out till completion) I am going to get myself oil paints.  Really nice ones, with natural pigments. My current work is mostly mixed media/ fabric, and the addition of slow drying and expensive oil paints would not make sense.  But I […]

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On Inspiration

Chuck Close famously said “Inspiration is for amateurs- the rest of us just show up and get to work.” This is a quote I’ve written across the top of my weekly calendar and recalled in conversation several times this year.  It accurately describes the difference between the professional artist and a hopeful.  The professional does […]

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Give Up Television

I was not allowed to watch tv as a child (Thank you Mom!) As a teen it was more permitted, but by that age I had lost interest.  As a young adult, in the early 2000s, TV was not compelling. Then came the golden era of television when internet streaming became truly prevalent. The twenty-teens.  […]

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Returning to Old Projects

Otherwise known as the “half-finished pile.” In my half finished pile lie: a half dozen garments in various states of completion a quarter inch scale New Orleans mansion sketches for new alchemical imagery botanical illustrations of the garden (watercolor paper purchased) a wall painting to complete visions of medieval religious icons Over the past couple […]

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Lattes + Cappucinos

It’s minor and petty, but the material*  thing I miss most about the world pre-shutdown is going to a coffee shop and getting a fancy cappuccino. So I made a collage of every latte, espresso, or cappuccino in my iphone camera uploads folder. (How does this relate to the discipline of art making?  It used […]

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Rewards

I have been working on a long project that has several dozen distinct points of completion.  It is a body of work that encompasses many discreet pieces. Early on, I set up a reward system for myself.  Every ten pieces complete, reward. The rewards are things that are: supportive to the project, useful tools, creative […]

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Pacing

Working in the studio generally involves a rather different pace than more quotidian work.  At times it is hard to shift into “studio pace” if I have spent the morning or the prior day doing administrative tasks, bookkeeping, or meetings.  When doing office-type tasks, I work as fast as possible.  Every movement, every thought, proceeds […]

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GTD

aka Getting Things Done, the famous book by David Allen. Even after implementing the time tracking, 5:30am wakeup, and studio debt protocol, I was feeling a sense of overwhelm. “I need twenty more hours in the week. I’m not focusing on things when I need to. I’m forgetting about majorly important things.” Around that time […]

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Studio Debt

A useful technique I have discovered is something I’m calling studio debt. I accumulate debt to my studio when I don’t spend time working in it. This happens even if I go on vacation.  Artists don’t get “paid vacations” where they get to come back without studio debt. This means, quite simply, if I’m not […]

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