Friday, July 28, 2006
Town and Country Farm
oil on panel
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.