Multi-tasking is confusing to say the least with social media, paperwork and making art. It’s so easy to paint then while the paint is drying, go to the computer to look at all the e-mails then go back to painting. I work on 2 – 3 paintings in the same series at a time. What I’m doing is doing a disservice to all my creativity. I had a rule of no computer work on the days I’m painting until I finish up for the day in my studio. Then I started to slide back into the bad habit of combining both. Oops! So I’m correcting my course to focus on one thing at a time. One artist reads mysteries while waiting for paint to dry. Of course I paint in acrylic and that takes no time to dry in the desert (AZ). My choice is to sit for a few minutes or do a small mandala. I stand to paint.
Yes, it is easy to get confused with all the talk of social media when you’d rather be creating art all the time. We need to do both but not at the same time.
OH! You’re absolutely right, with this social media marketing, is like taking care of our own kids! Between the Facebook fan page, Artists directories, e-mailing blasts, Tweeter, all day, is like having a feast in the park with 40 children! and then we have the pretension to come to our studio and grab the brush and connect to “Our Limbo”, ha, ha, ha… we need a timer and listen to it as if we listen to our own mothers yelling “Get dress now…or else…”
Have a great weekend, don’t stop the production!
Totally agree with you Lori! While I don’t paint, between my glass and metal work, when I’m working on those…that is my focus. No computer in the studio…it is in my office, which is in another area of the house. Separation of space is a good thing as it enforces art is done in the studio, the business of art is done in my office. Thanks for the reminder.
Thanks Kathleen. It’s nice to get a peek on how other artists are doing on focusing.