away with "good"
Lately sales of my paintings have picked up considerably, especially at Wilde Meyer Gallery
in Scottsdale. This is definitely a happy development. But now I need to structure my time to meet these(and other) new demands. My plan is to give studio hours top priority every day, get a handle on certain time-wasting activities (like too much emailing, my downfall) and more carefully consider requests and invitations.
And how nice it would be if there were clear steps or definite rules to follow, to make the most efficient use of studio time! I actually have figured out a few things that seem simple enough, but unfortunately they are easier to see in retrospect than in the moment I need them. One of these is that "good is not good enough." Often I leave the studio thinking that what I've done is..."good, not bad at all" or something like that. The next day I see that "good" left overnight, looks "barely OK" in the morning. So I'd love to get better at identifying "barely OK" a lot earlier in the process and not invest so much time in it. Maybe it's my basically hopeful nature getting in the way! In the end I see that a painting has to reach higher levels to survive my critical eye or anyone else's. So--I'm off to banish "good" for another day--