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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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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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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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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Story Time

Stories.  My studio sessions range from 2 hours to 12 hours per day, depending on the type of work I am doing and the available time.  My goal is to spend all my flex time in the studio.  I generally achieve 80% of this. But here’s a thing I notice. Sure, I might get started […]

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Tiny Tiny Task Lists

When I make wishlists, the thing I wish for most is more time.  More time to learn and develop new skills, more time to write, meditate, reflect, draw. More time to study languages and read. More time to make art and still attend to all the other responsibilities of life.  More time to sit in […]

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The Ideal Studio: Working From Home

Working From Home This step can provide the single biggest gain in efficiency.  For years I had a studio outside of our home, because our home was tiny and my tools were big (industrial sewing machines.) Your creative medium and your personality will really affect the best choices for you with regards to this strategy. […]

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