Making the Most of My Time
Spring is a busy time! In my effort to hold my resolve to do art everyday, I also need to pay attention to the things going on outside my cubby. There are many exhibits coming up, and now is the time to make use of my folder of things to do. Earlier, I organized them by months so I wouldn't miss an entry deadline. It is the end of March, so I'm pulling out prospectus for April to see what work I can submit. This year, I'm keeping a running list of the work I have submitted, so I don't commit the same painting to different shows. I am also in a group on the planning end of a fundraising art auction for the local League for Service, a charity organization, and working with the WV Watercolor Society to put together a regional exhibit here in Clarksburg at the Caperton Center.
With all that going on, (In addition to my JOB that keeps the lights on!) I devised a way to "make the most" of the short time in my cubby. Currently, I am working on two portraits. One of my husband (a labor of love), and a revisit of my "Make your own Sunshine" little girls under the umbrella. Since I am familiar with both subjects, it is sometimes difficult to get "distance" and look at the paintings technically instead of emotionally. By actually working on both paintings at once, I am able to be detached from the subjects and paint the lights and shapes that will make better paintings. That is the plan, anyway. So far, It seems working!
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I think it is important to share our process with others, just as we gain from watching other artists work.