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After The Creative Storm

May 1, 2018

Life Stuff Gets Left Behind Sometimes.

I’m amazed at how much of daily life and chores gets left behind when dedicated to a series. I don't know about most artists, but for me, I stay very focused and committed to developing a series I am working on, forgetting about many of life’s duties that should be done around me, except the obvious,… walk the dog, eat, sleep, pay bills. But there are so many other "slivers” of work that get pushed aside.

After the series is done, and the work is hung, I feel somewhat unhinged from the regime of the last few months and I'm trying to wiggle my roots into something. But I'm not sure what. It's a great time for reflection, rejuvenating and retanking my resources. But I'm also picking up the pieces from the things I've let slide. Nothing too dramatic this go around, but I can hardly believe how much has been waiting for me! Computer and device updates, refreshing my website, adding or editing out copy, connecting with new contacts made through my art practice, reorganizing or tidying the studio, culling images on my computer, never mind all the house chores that my hubby handled without a peep.

This playing catch-up is important and grounding. I’ve always been one to really delve deep into a commitment but I’ve also tended to ignore the “less pressing”. Getting back to these life things is a way to recover balance in a way and while I’m away from the studio, it helps me to start building up a new momentum for the next series. 

It’s Different Than My Office Job

I remember as a graphic designer in Vancouver, my work would build up in intensity and responsibility, deadline getting closer, work days getting longer, my office door would remain shut for days so I cold hunker down, gather and finesse all the details before final output. Being interrupted in this state was like being called to back out of a deep tunnel that I had worked myself into, and the only way out was to reverse, watching all that I had done go by me, hoping I’d not forget where I’d left off. Painting is similar but fortunately not so complex. I think it was the technology and the sheer volume of minor & major details I’d handle in a design job, that if done twice or forgotten to do or check, would cost dearly if they were missed before output.

My work completion for both graphic design and a painting series follow a similar routine. After the big job is done, I allow myself to begin to unfold my feathers a bit, breathe, let myself be forgetful and take the space to both catch up and fall away a bit. It’s an interesting dichotomy.

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