The challenge…keeping focused. It is so easy to stray from tasks and it takes some discipline to stay focused and manage your time and talents!
I decided to do a painting a day for the month of January…it might be a pastel, an ink painting, an encaustic, a pencil drawing…the important thing is to complete a piece each day. So far so good. I will probably extend that into February and beyond…at least doing something with my art daily; a finished painting or not. As I work on more complex paintings, I realize that it is impossible to finish a large one on a daily basis.
Next, I love to participate in plein air events and enter juried competitions. Both of these have time restrictions on the entry process and dates of delivery, etc. I build a calendar that allows me to keep dates chronologically for these time lines. What I don’t do is paint specifically for each event (juried shows). I try to spend painting time painting the best I can each day…then I have group of paintings to choose from for a specific event. For me, it takes the pressure off the entry and focuses the energy on the paintings. I do however, when scheduling a solo exhibition, paint for that event. I try to schedule those exhibits out a year or two, so that I have time to dwell on a body of work and paint it! So with this sort of approach I feel I’m most productive!