By some standards, this has been a good week for studio work. Often, especially in the summertime when a hundred other things can pull me away, I rarely get even an hour in the studio each day. Many days, I don’t even make it up the stairs!
This week, I’ve spent several hours every single day on art-related activities. Even though one of those days was my birthday. In spite of ripening squash and tomatoes and beans in the garden. Regardless of the blackberries hanging on the vines. And even though I still had to finish mowing the lawn, squeeze in walks with the dogs, and manage all the other stuff that makes up my life.
It seems like I should feel much more accomplished than I do. The explanation for that lies in the words, “art-related.” Because no matter how busy I was, there was no art being made. After working eight hours at my job, I came home Saturday and spent four hours mounting collages in mats. After work on Sunday, I started assembling frames, then layering plexiglas, matted art work and backer board in them. That tedious job continued through Monday and well into Tuesday. Then, each piece needed to be catalogued, and wrapped and boxed for shipping.
Last evening, I received an Email from the Lapeer gallery that is hosting my show this fall. It contained a contract to be signed, and an inventory list to be filled out. Plus – dread – a request for “quality” images to use in their promotions. So. last night, and long into the night, was spent taking photos, downloading them onto the computer, and editing them so that they could pass as “quality.” Today, it was off to the library with my master list, to hunt and peck my way through several documents.
I’ve logged more than forty hours doing “studio work” over the last five days, and haven’t done a single thing that I’d consider art-making. It’s all part of the process, though. The business aspects and utilitarian tasks are not what I thought of when I dreamed of becoming an artist, but they are necessary, too. Keeping that it mind, it was an extremely productive week in the studio!