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Friday, July 28, 2006

Town and Country Farm

8x10 inches
oil on panel

Painter's Tip

Time Management in the Studio

One of the biggest problems I see for artists, is good time management. One thing I do is to keep a list of priority "to do's" each week by my computer. I make the list on Sunday night with number 1 being the highest priority, moving down the list from there. I try to be realistic about what can be done, so that I will feel a sense of accomplishment as I check them off.

I also keep a three hole binder on my desk , with all paperwork for each month inside. I keep the current month's calendar taped to the top of the binder and then tear it off at the end of the month replacing it with the next month's calendar. I go through the binder and tear out the papers from the previous month that are no longer useful. Each time paperwork comes in the mail or through the printer, relavant to the current month, it gets punched and put into the binder.

Another organizing tip, is to routinely check your supplies like framing hardware, frames, canvas, paint,shipping supplies etc. so that it is always on hand where it is supposed to be. You never know when you will sell a painting and need to ship immediately.

My last tip is to take care of exhibitions in a timely manner. When the invitation to exhibit comes to you, start preparing right away, with framing, inventory records, paperwork to be sent. I always prepare for my exhibitions immediately and then store the paintings boxed and ready to go with the inventory and required paperwork. When the exhibiton roles around on the calendar, I pickup the paintings and go.


Diane Cutter said...

That last tip is extremely useful, as most of us tend to store the information until a later date, often missing the deadline as a result. Thanks for such a sensible suggestion!

Linda Blondheim Art Studio said...

You are welcome. It's hard enough to be an artist without having to worry about all the paperwork and deadlines too. Keeping everything done ahead certainly helps me. Thanks for visiting my blog.