For years I have read about artists and their routines. They vary their approach to productivity as much as they do their style of painting. Some get up early and are at the easel painting by 6:00 AM each morning, like clock work. Others begin more slowly, they ease into the day, first doing a morning sketch routine to limber up. Others work late into the night needing the world to be quiet in order to be productive. Some approach art like a nine to five job.
I have always had a hard time with productivity. So recently my daughter helped me with a new method and work schedule that seems to be a good fit. For me coming up with a new routine is like shopping for new shoes. I know what I need but can only tell if I like it if I can see it and wear it for a while.
My main goal is produce one new painting each week. ( Completed by Sunday no matter what size!) I also needed to organize and prioritize my compositions. My approach needs to fit a purpose. I have deadlines and commitments, ... galleries, shows, competitions, works in a series, large works, small works. The business side of art demands focus..... Did I actually say that out loud?
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Northwoods series Number ??
work in progress
oil on canvas
Well it's Sunday night and I was supposed to have this painting completed. I still have more to do to it, I'm getting close... but I missed my deadline. So here's my problem, I am sticking with my schedule and will complete next week's painting next Sunday, but I will need to make time to finish this one also.
One of the hardest things I am learning about being an artist is the self discipline needed to produce good work and to keep producing it. So it's one more cup of tea and back to the studio. So much art so little time!