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Thursday, August 18, 2011

How to Multi-Task in the Studio

It seems like lately when I finally get to the studio (and this seems to take longer and longer every day as chores and taking care of household stuff, the dog, the cats, etc. seems to grow more demanding and time more fleeting)...I feel like I'm spinning in circles because there are so many tasks to work on, so many irons in the fire, all of them urgent or at least important.  So lately, since this is how it is happening, I let myself spin around the room.  Today for example, I quickly wrapped and packed up some glass for a customer and dropped it to the post office.  Got back and took pictures of artwork for several art shows, chatted with guests that stopped by my studio, packed up some artwork to take to a new art center this weekend, wire-wrapped and cleaned up several glass barrettes, gessoed some altered books, ground some glass cabochons, took photos for a glass article I'm writing for November, worked on some brainstorming for an upcoming art show I need some ideas for, and attended a meeting with seven other artists to brainstorm ways to promote the art center and our artworks. 

So my solution for multi-tasking?  Look around the room and see what needs to be done.  Do what can be done, leave what needs to dry to dry or cure to cure or cool to cool, let in-progress pieces simmer until the "next step" is revealed.  Don't sweat it.  Don't get overwhelmed.  Take time to really talk (and listen to) visitors, other artists and friends.  Spend time with those you love. 

It's all part of the whole and every thing I do today builds for the completion and successes for tomorrow.  Each piece is important, even if I only get a small part done at a time.