A Note on… Things

I feel like I’m always trying to get myself organized.  I do all sorts of things to try and keep myself on the straight and narrow, but it seems like once I get a system set up for myself something comes along and changes things in such a way as to ruin the relevancy of said system.  I’d like to say that it’s the fault of the Universe, but ultimately it’s probably a testament to my inadequate organizational skills coupled with a sheer lack of time.
We’re working on that “time” part.

As the work’s started piling up I’m rehashing my routines to fit my current situation.  I think that’s the key although obviously I’m no expert. Perhaps it’s supposed to work the other way around.  A solid routine is important.  It helps bring order out of chaos.  Not to that I’m altogether against a healthy dose of Chaos.  I do have two sons.  I’m trying to set aside certain times for certain activities although at this point I’m trying to stay flexible.  When I had the studio outside of the home it seemed easier for some reason.  I’m willing to bet it has something to do with the presence of the amenities of the Home itself.  At the studio I didn’t have a computer, television, refrigerator… Only the materials, a stereo, a coffee maker & some seats.  It wasn’t necessarily comfortable.  That kept me on the move and probably kept me more focused.
I have issues with focus.  Ask anyon….
Holy Mother of Pearl! That potato looks just like Richard Nixon!

Where was I?  Right… Focus.  See what I mean?

I think what got me to realize this was the sheer amount of work I’m looking at right now and how much more I’d like to do.  It’s a wonderful problem to have, but it made me realize just how unfocused I’d become.  It made me consider just how much I need to further simplify my life and my processes.  A good little bit of self-realization that I keep coming back to.  We could all use a dose of that from time to time.  I’ve got three pieces in the works on my current commission list and three more to go.  I’ve got ample time, but that’s no reason not to keep moving forward. One mustn’t lose momentum.

I’m on the last nit-picky bits of the Singapore painting.  About 3/4 of the way through the NYC piece and 1/3 of the way done with Chicago.  I’m starting preliminary drawings on the rest.  I’m also blowing through paint, brushes, and carpenter’s pencils at an impressive rate.  Perhaps if I cared for my brushes a bit more… Mostly I just use them to death and move on (I know a few people like that).  I’m rotating the current three pieces on and off the easels allowing them a bit of time to dry and allowing myself a bit of time to contemplate my next steps.  The process is working well enough so far although by the end I’d like to have all six up side by side.  In my current studio that pretty much means looking at them in the round.  You do what you can with what you’ve got.

So here are the updated shots.  I’ll let you know when I’ve made my final decisions about the rest.



2 responses to “A Note on… Things”

  1. Ramesh Jhawar Avatar

    Hi Rob,Thanks for following my blog. Your critiques and comments are also welcome! Your posts make an interesting reading!Best regards

  2. Elizabeth Seaver Avatar

    Great post! I'm glad I found your blog. Coincidentally, it was through Ramesh's. Good luck on the organization and not getting distracted by potatoes that look like former presidents. The painting you've got sown up!

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