So I have had a forced break from the studio after a much needed vacation, then moving my dad cross country- no small task! Came back home to organize, publicize, host, and hang a juried exhibition, and finally, FINALLY, get back to the studio!!! Which is what I wanted/needed, right? But then I come back to this:
UG. Needed to dig out and find work surfaces before I could do anything!! And meanwhile- I am behind in getting new website up and running, perennial beds need to be cleared to make the way for new growth, I should be starting seedlings in the garage, and when is the last time the dogs nails have been cut? Monkey mind? abso-frickin- lutely!! When I’m at the studio, I feel like I’m neglecting the office (marketing business tasks never end, and catching up in the office is an illusion- I am sure of it!) or the house or friends or critters... arg. I am thankful I don’t have children right about now! Don’t know how mothers get anything done. But now I’m here, and I can see at least 70 percent of my big worktable, and in theory I should be gleefully pulling out paint or ink or concrete or?? Why do we put off what we want/need? And so this is where mixed media can be daunting- which process is best to tackle first? Tackle the burgeoning pile of works already in progress? (Which, if I was sensible- that’s where I’d jump in) but making art isn’t always sensible- rarely is it about expediency. For me- I think one of he reasons I have developed this "arsenal' of processes is that I need to choose the one that best suits my frame of mind at that time. Which is-? Some times are better for careful study and consideration (researching and making screens for the next piece), others for loose abandon (throwing/spraying/squeegy-ing paint), others for a need for tactile messy (concrete!) or an urge to use power tools (cut a hole in that piece and build doors and a box into it!).
Ah well this makes me sounds absolutely psychotic, which, well, I probably am. Who chooses to do this for a living that isn’t just a bit touched?? But- I do love my choices, and although it makes it harder to narrow down which one will win today- I can honestly say I don’t get bored- EVER! So today I think what’s best is to tackle it all (in theory) by creating a small assemblage that uses the "has beens", "would be-s", and "made especially for" surfaces. oh yes- and some of the sticks that my studio neighbor thinks I’m building a beavers' dam with in my studio.... I think these are a good "daily study" for me that incorporates a little bit of everything…cause right now i can't commit to any one process- so gonna embrace them all…. stay tuned for end result.
Ok- end of whine/rant. Guess I am writing to other artists here- of all types-does everyone jump right back into the studio after time off and get running right off the bat? Do you have a re-entry period/process/procedure? How do you deal with it? I’m curious.....