A Productive Artist
What does it mean to be a “productive artist?” Does it mean you paint every day? Every other day? Do you create a “painting” every day? Every week?
I learned a long time ago in business that “what gets measured gets done.” Well, that’s true in art as well as in business. So when I retired from publishing, I set the following goal: I would produce at least one painting a week, or 52 paintings a year. Notice I didn’t say “each week” which meant I allowed myself some downtime, provided I had other weeks when I would produce more than one painting. It’s been working rather well so far.
Today has been a sorta in-between day: I’ve spent most of the day fixing paintings I thought were finished. Extending a line here, softening some color there, adding white here, erasing color there, merging shapes, separating others … all in a day’s work.
Here’s one of the five paintings I “fixed.” Only 2 relatively small changes, but they make a big difference.
I may not have created a new painting, but with 5 now-improved-paintings I WAS productive.