20 Hour Challenge
I gave another try at the 20 hour challenge this past week. For whatever reason I seem to be stuck at working 2-3 hours in the studio per day. Well, okay, I did find myself enjoying the Twitterverse a bit more than I probably should have. On Monday I lost an entire day because we spent it on a whale watch. I did take a small sketch book with me which yielded a few pencil sketches (emphasis on the sketchy, especially when you’re sitting on the top deck in the wind.) But as I look at my time tracking, I have to ask myself what else did I do during some of those days?
My total time in the studio and on business related tasks totalled 24 hours for the week and breaks down as follows:
Studio time: 8.25 hours
Business stuff: 15.75 hours
This past week the business and other stuff included drive time to deliver an exhibit entry piece and to deliver inventory. There was time for blogging, twittering, reading/meditating and reading my affirmations, emails, phone calls, coaching, confirming a wholesale order, photography, editing photographs, bookkeeping, catching up on past e-newsletters, and spending time on the internets.
Hmph! The whole email thing is tough. On one hand I’m getting better at skimming through the morning emails and not reading most of them, only those I deem important at that time. Actually, I’ve gone so far this week as to shut my email program each night so I don’t see any little mail icons first thing when I wake up my computer. You know, better to remove the temptation.
As I write this I wonder if I subscribe to too many newsletters (4-5 that I really like to read and schedule into my to do list each week.) I also get a daily OM horoscope, a daily OM inspirational reading, Marianne Williamson’s Miracle Thought (audio recording), TUT: A Thought From the Universe, and an EnneaThought of the Day (based on my Enneagram number.) I will think about releasing some of these items.
But what about the internet and social networking. Always a tough one to deal with. I’ve tried the timer approach (set for 15 minutes per session), the “minimize the screen approach” (make it smaller so as not to distract me), and even made a sign that is taped to my monitor which reads “The computer is closed” (which is currently flipped over facing the back of my monitor. Useful huh?)
In reality, it all comes down to motivation, determination and discipline. Some days those skills come more easily than on other days. All I can say is I’ll just keep working on them. I mean, if I were perfect I wouldn’t have anything else left to work on, right?
This week I worked on sculpting cat heads; a tougher task than I imagined, even with two live models who will impetuously walk off the job in the middle of a session until they’ve received compensation. Here is a shot of the four heads. My first attempt looked more like a demented rabbit (which I’m sure will turn into a rather crazy art doll) but I was feeling more comfortable with the outcome by the time I got to #4.
I also prepped some magazine pages with matte medium with the intent of making my own custom paper for collage or ACEO backgrounds. I am following Liz Berg’s instructions in the March/April 2009 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors for this activity.
Finally, I bought a new book: Chi and Creativity: Vital Energy and Your Inner Artist by Elise Dirlam Ching and Kaleo Ching. The book focuses on “strategies to harness the power of Chi and cultivate the inner artist” through exercises in Chi awareness, art, journaling, and guided imagery. I love the idea of using movement to stimulate creativity. I’ll let you know what happens as a result.
Normally, my June accomplishments would’ve been posted in early July but since I was out of the country…so here are my accomplishments for both months.
• Successfully completed Eric Maisel’s Creativity Coaching Training (16 weeks)
• Restarted Christine Kane’s Uplevel Your Life Mastery class
• Reviewing and reading aloud daily affirmations 2x/day
• Delivered art donations to the Arts Alliance
• Provided an artist demonstration at Five Crows Hand Crafts & Gifts
• Watched Wayne Dyer’s PBS special “Excuses Begone”
• Received unexpected income
• Created content for & sent June e-newsletter to MA customers
• Attended coaching call with Christine Kane
• Watched “Music Instinct: Science & Song” on PBS
• Completed and sent exhibit pieces for the ArtHouse Gallery Canvas Project
• Traveled to Southern France for art workshop with Dayle Doroshow
• Attended one stage of the Tour de France
• Visited Durfort, Revel, Soreze, Albi, Foix, and Toulouse, France
• Took a silk painting class
• Attended coaching call with Christine Kane
• Visited the Boston Museum of Fine Art’s Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice Exhibit
• Attended coaching call with Quinn McDonald
• Attended Tower of Power concert
• Attended Uplevel Your Business Teleseminar call with Christine Kane
• Completed exhibit piece for Peabody Historical Society
• Enjoyed Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince movie in IMAX
• Scheduled annual physical
• Started 30-day exercise challenge
Here are some of my goals for August (I did not write or post any goals for July as being in France was my biggest goal.)
- Update my artist page on the Paradise City Arts Festival website
- Update my personal websites
- Create content for and deliver my August e-newsletter
- Update my customer snail mail list
- Add new pictures to my Flickr account
- Clean up my blog: remove old or broken links, update bookshelf images, and general rearrangement
- Update my LinkedIn page
- Continue studio cleaning/clearing and house cleaning/clearing