I talk a lot about the animals I paint and my process, but I rarely blog about other behind the scenes work. Probably because it's not nearly as exciting as the painting process, but I may be biased in that regard!
Nevertheless, people have the perception that I step into the studio and paint, blissfully, for hours at a time. It couldn't be any further from the truth!
When I do paint, it is (mostly) blissful, but that's only a fraction of how I get to spend my days (or rather, my working hours!).
It's a one woman show here for the most part.
The reality is that I spend the majority of my days solo here in the studio, chipping away at marketing campaigns, dealing with the accounting side of things, staying on top of inventory control, keeping up to date with client communication, building lesson plans and coordinating teaching opportunities, and building an exhibitions and activities calendar.
I also head up hardware management. In a prior life I worked with computers and was very comfortable taking machines apart, reading code, and deciphering technology. Not so much anymore!
I've been feeling creaky these last couple weeks as I work my way through determining new backup configurations and solve my recent data storage issues.
But it remains blissful when I've crossed enough tasks off my to-do list that I can justify moving across the room to the easel. After picking up a paintbrush, the day's stress just melts away.
And hopefully I get at least a couple hours of this before the kids come home from school.
Thanks, as always, for supporting my artwork!
PS We're in the homestretch here with respect to this month's 10% newly booked commissions. The project has to be booked during this January, but can happen any time during 2011. Shoot me an email if you are interested! I booked 9 new portraits last week - let's see if we can't match that this one!!
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