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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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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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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Quarantine Edition: Rewards

Week two of quarantine I had the realization: all my rewards are gone!  No wonder I’m having trouble being disciplined about work. My rewards were simple things: going to a coffee shop and getting a nice latte. Seeing friends in person. Taking a dog walk with another dog. Unconsciously, I was making this tradeoff with […]

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Use Small Sequences

When I retrospectively consider my creative working life, I notice a tendency to leave projects unfinished. To a certain extent, this is normal and healthy.  Artists perceive a fount of ideas, bubbling up anew on a daily basis.  Practicality and focus require that some ideas remain as figments of the imagination, while other ideas become […]

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