February: Studio Resolutions
My ongoing "do better" list.
1. Drawing. I typically take a utilitarian approach to my sketchbook - making notes on composition or angles or location, sorting out the preliminaries for a planned painting. Unplanned, unfettered drawing tends to fall by the wayside in favour of deadlines. Experimentation though, mark-making for the sake of mark-making, leads one to the good stuff. Drawing, must do more, I say to myself. Often. So this winter, I am trying to draw with regularity. Sketchbook and pastels every day, for a few minutes at least.
2. Organization. Look at all those little boxes! These are the first issues of the Jones Gallery Quarterly leaving the studio last week. Organized. A little spreadsheet and everything. Go me, an-organized-and-effective-me.
My minions helped, to be honest. They're the organized ones. They disparage my helter-skelter ways.
3. Not delivering wet paintings to galleries. I have an exhibition with Argyle Fine Art coming up in April. The last time I had a show with them, a few of the paintings I delivered were a tad wettish. Stupid oil paint and its extended drying time. So I am working on Halifax paintings diligently. It's February! So much drying time until April.
4. Catalogues. I've been meaning to do a portfolio catalogue for years. YEARS. It only took the depths of February and a conference deadline and upcoming portfolio review to finally buckle down and create one.