Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Top 10 Studio To-Do's for Summer

Priming canvas at Cat's Decatur Studio
Cat's home studio
Prepping watercolor paper for abstract studies
In between my spring and fall show schedules, there is a lot to accomplish. Not just creating new paintings, but getting organized and centering myself.

Here's my "top 10 studio to-do's" that I've been working on:

  1. Clean the studio: yes, that actually means dusting, vacuuming, and putting supplies neatly on the shelf. When my surroundings are a mess, creativity does not flow! It's bad chi.
  2. Clean the office:  throw away what isn't needed, file the important stuff. Repeat.
  3. Take stock of current inventory.
  4. Take stock of current art supplies (paint, canvas, wood supports, brush cleaner, etc), and purchase what's needed to create some fresh new work.
  5. Prep supports for new paintings:  sand, prime, sand, begin underpaintings. (In art, an underpainting is an initial layer of paint applied to a ground, which serves as a base for subsequent layers of paint.)
  6. Be curious. There's always something new to learn. I love to read and am inspired by many writers of books and blogs. Here's a few:
    A)  http://allcreativelike.com
    B)  TED talks
    C)  http://painterskeys.com
    D)  The Art of Happiness, by his Holiness the Dalai Lama & Howard C. Cutler, MD
    E)  http://zenhabits.net
  7. Garden. Hike. Swim. Play. Daydream. Yoga. Daydream. Yoga.
  8. Tons of ideas follow # 7.
  9. Start painting new works.
  10. Journal gratitude.
That last one is probably the most important. Writing down what you are grateful for is what paints the big picture. The "gratitude list" grounds me and brings my awareness to what really matters.