Organization is not the strong suit of artists, or so I have been told. A cluttered work space is, allegedly, indicative of a highly creative mind. If this is true, I should be an artistic genius.
This is what my studio normally looks like:
This is what my studio looks like when a journalist is coming over to interview me.
To counteract my natural tendency towards chaos, I am a compulsive maker of lists. I make a list each week of all the things I need to get done, although I admit certain items do seem to carry over for weeks on end. Those are the things I really don’t WANT to do, but which also aren’t urgent. At a certain point the annoyance of having to transcribe these items from list to list becomes more annoying than actually doing the things. That is when I actually do them.
Also, it is worth noting, if something isn’t on the list, it doesn’t officially exist. This is a scientific fact.
Still Life of To Do Lists with Highlighter and Coffee Stains
So if you are thinking that Write a Blog Post was on this week’s list – YOU’RE RIGHT!
Another thing on my list was to make an animation of my collage process. I often photograph my work at various stages of its development, so I have a collection of Work in Progress photos. I have put together some of these images in chronological order to give you a sense of how I work and how the work develops. This is an animation of the creation of Duck Day Afternoon, a 24 x 30 inch painted paper collage on panel. It begins, as all my large works do, with a drawing, and proceeds from there. Let me know what you think.