I admit it. I’m a bit of a productivity nerd.
I try to configure every day to get the ‘important’ stuff done. Not surprisingly then, I love early mornings. But not for the reasons you might think. Not because they allow me to get a head-start on my to do list. Precisely the opposite in fact.
I’m a visual artist yet I coach a lot of writers.
I think it’s because I make art the way some writers write.
Each artwork I make is a story. I don’t know exactly where the ‘plot’ will take me or what the moral of the story will be.
I finally finished the front of the Wolf triptych over a week ago and I've been trying to resolve the ideas for the inside panels.
I hadn't imagined the wolf blending in so much with the forest (and in reality it stands out a bit more than it does in the photo) but it seems fitting that he can observe while the figure goes on her way oblivious to his presence.
Would you keep on making your art if no-one gave you any money or recognition for it? For how long?
This is a question I sometimes have to ask my clients.
For more creators than we care to imagine, recognition can take a lifetime to achieve - if it comes at all.
‘Body of work.’ Whenever I heard that term, it seemed to represent a mysterious cohesion of vision that I would never be capable of.
It took me forever to understand what a body of work really is and why I might need to create one.