Two huge cafeteria sized lunch tables sit in the middle of my studio. They are covered with parts and pieces of projects I have begun and worked on over the past 18 months. Of course, things have been a bit start and stop because I had two knee replacements from Sept. to June but actually, this is what the inside of my head looks like most of the time. New ideas piling up on top of the last ten ideas. It's like being in a sports bar and watching four televisions at once. So I have decided to turn off some channels and clean the place up! Then, when I get more spaciousness both on my work tables and inside my head, I can decide which one of the projects I started during the last year is calling to me.
Will it be my watercolor explorations? Or the large watercolor journal of 60 pages I started last January which is still waiting for its covers?
Maybe it will be one of my spinning projects which never seem to get knitted up into anything! On one side of my studio I have nine bags of baby angora goat locks that I carefully teased into clouds of lusciousness so I could spin it.....but then we went camping.
I might need Rumpelstiltskin to help me get all those goat locks spun! And then there are my patient papier mache girls waiting to be dressed. It's embarrassing to spend all winter with no clothes!
There are certain things that we just won't talk about, like what is under the tables, in the closet, and on the shelves. It all needs re-organizing so I can begin to work my way down my list. As I stated in my last post, I have made a list of what I want to concentrate on for the next six months--my papier mache girls, mandala painting, and spinning followed by some knitting. I have a plan, which is practically an Event! My plan was implemented yesterday as I began cleaning up and re-organizing my studio. Today you get the "before" pictures, and hopefully, in a week, I will have some "after" pictures to share. My hope is that these posts might somehow be helpful to other artists who also have fourteen ideas for every one they can manifest.
First, narrow down the number of areas or mediums in which you wish to work. Establish a time frame in which you will finish projects in those areas. Re-organize your workspace so that the materials and set-up you need for those projects will be at hand and easy to access. Now here is the essential next step--work everyday even if it is only for a half an hour. Slow and steady wins the race. Think about small projects (which are part of your big projects) that you could do outside your studio. For example, I find that I can knit little doll hats while watching tv or visiting with a girlfriend.
I am certainly no expert on organization or time management--you've seen the pictures, so you, dear readers, know the truth. This is only the barest beginning of a more reasonable art life. However, I do have a motto:
We're on it! We never sleep!