Why do I have an open studio each year?
organize and work regularly
Ooh boy! I wondered if I would get the place cleaned up in time for you. Sometimes I do too much at once, or I don’t put things back where they belong! Recognizing this reminds me to save time and find tools and paints faster. A habit of maintaining a system of organizing and working allows me to share it with you!
observe and reflect
Seeing the work up and surrounding me, allows a chance for both of us to observe and reflect on what I have done. Many times, the simplest thing takes on much more status when I see it in the context of all of my recent work! I wonder if that happens to you also?
assess & choose
The act of choosing what to leave in and what to withdraw is informative in itself. Making choices is part of creating. So pay attention to each piece; view it on its unique terms. Assess if you feel it adds to the overall strength of the whole exhibit.
ask for & accept help
Ask for and accept help from others. It takes a community to build a body of work.
invite & share
Invite people who care to see and talk about what you have done. Be inspired and informed by their insights. Share delicious bites of food, something refreshing to drink and great conversations.
feel & express gratefulness
Feel grateful for the privilege of having the ability to create work, show and sell it. Share your gratefulness with all who come or wish to come.
view from a new perspective
Take a step back to view the trajectory of where you are now and where you would like to go.
begin work again, with new insights
Keep going in the direction of your freshly gained insights.
I’m on to something! This list of how I transform my art by creating, then observing, could also be applied to the art of living! Thoughts?