Since I retired from being a director of a multi-discipline arts center a couple of years ago, people are always asking me, What are you doing with your time these days? Or Are you still painting?
Sheesh, I was an artist before I was nearly anything else. Yes, I paint every day! That is really no exaggeration. Sometimes I’ll take a day to just goof off, read a book or go do some other fun stuff. Without guilt.
So I thought I’d look back at the month of January just to see how much art I really created for the month. These are the stats.
Four watercolor / pen and ink travel paintings. These sell well in one of my online shops and they’re fun to do.
Five sunflower paintings, all acrylic on canvas. Various sizes from 8 x 8 to 20 x 16.
Six tree drawings. Trees are hard to do but winter is a great time to “see the bones.” I thought I’d give myself a challenge of doing one tree per week. We’ll see how that goes.
Three paintings in a new series called “The Food We Eat.” They will all be paintings of food, a very popular subject. I just love the bright colors. And the challenge. I have thirty two paintings planned for this series. Or at least until I get bored.
In addition, I have been designing new print-on-demand products for one of my Etsy shops. So far, I’ve created about fifty. There are so many ideas but time is limited.
The drawings are not for sale; just for practice.
And the food paintings will be saved for a group display.
Plus time spent updating websites, blog, and social media.
Lest you think that I spend all of my time in the studio, that is not the case. I probably spend five or six hours a day, sometimes more, sometimes less. It’s not work really. I just get lost.
But, of course, January is a time of year with few garden demands. Although I could probably spend some more time cleaning the attic or going to the gym. But I’m happy.
And larger paintings require more time so not every month sees this kind of output.
But even when I was working full time, I was still able to squeeze in 15 to 20 hours a week in the studio. I guess it’s just all about priorities. Although I read a lot, I don’t watch much TV or waste too much time on social media.
If you want something bad enough, you’ll find the time.
Great post 🙂
Thanks! I try.
Very impressive, wonderful month’s work! I look forward to every post.
Thanks so much, Dawn.
What beautiful work ! I love drawing trees in winter too . I call it being able to see the body of the tree. It’s a great idea to write down the type of tree , but I’m afraid I just don’t have the knowledge.
Thank you, Margaret. Part of the tree knowledge comes from living in the country for many years. Cutting firewood. Walks in the woods.
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Not seeing them in person, I might go with “Room Service” being my favorite here.
Thanks, Eric. I’m split between Room Service and Rosemary’s Sunflowers. I do like those bright colors.
Just read your article Why People Hate Contemporary/Conceptual Art. Very thorough review and certainly what I have encountered. Funny, but in my experience, so many of the people touting conceptual art can’t draw or paint so I wonder what they’re really trying to protect? And I loved your “conceptual” inflatables. What a laugh.
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Thanks for visiting my blog and reading that article! Yes, it’s much easier to dismiss drawing and painting when one hasn’t taken the trouble to learn or appreciate it. I once had an extended debate with a fellow on Reddit about contemporary art, and then a year later he admitted he had no interest in, or knowledge about painting, which also means he had no interest in art before the 20th century. Big surprise.