Wednesday, January 23, 2008

How do you best work?

So today I have been working in the studio putting a few touches on a few things. I also am trying to take advantage of our sunshine to get a couple of photos taken.

But I have been thinking about something (as usual) Cath Sheard (visit her blog at: ) brought up in her comment to yesterday's post. In 2007, Cath did a project where she created a piece of art every day! I have seen on other artists blogs where there are quite a few people into doing this. As I read about it, I can't even imagine taking on such a project. But Cath said it did make a difference for her...I am assuming a positive difference. While I attempt to do something...even if it is writing or doodling...every day, I can't imagine working under the pressure to produce like that. I think it is really me!

But this is what I want to ask... would you work well creating under pressure? How do you get your best work? What has to be right? It will be interesting to hear your thoughts on the matter. I am guessing it will be as varied as the individual.

Tomorrow, I will share with you what I need to work...and hopefully some decent photos, too!


Unknown said...

Hi Kim, thanks for popping up in my blog, how nice to meet you! I love your paintings and ponderings.
Concerning your "pressure" question: for myself I can say that some of my nicest creations were made under pressure. Pressure can be like positive adrenaline, we just have to forget the pressure:)
thanks so much for leaving a comment on my blog so that I could come here and discover you, have a wonderful evening

vivien said...

I think it depends on personality. I may go a few days without painting or sketching but am still thinking about works in progress during that time. What's needed? what colours to introduce? how to move the composition slightly to improve it? etc etc etc

I always have quite a few canvasses 'on the go' at any one time (currently 6, often more). They may sometimes work out at a large canvas a day on average for short bursts and then a new series is underway and there is a lull in any being finished.

Then there is work on paper, smaller works, sketching and plein air - so over a year yes, it would probably average out but I couldn't routinely produce a finished painting every day along with teaching.

I enjoy making larger works more and they also sell better, another reason not to produce zillions of small works for me.

Andrea and Kim said...

Ah, Andrea! How wonderful you can be under pressure and yet let that part of it go and only use the adrenaline rush it provides. I am not sure if it is a difference in our cultures (probably not, maybe the cities, though), but I find there is so much pressure in the day-to-day here in Washington, DC I can hardly think when I need to do so. My family laughs because I am really into the slow movement! I will definately be back at your blog to explore more! Thank you for visiting here.

Vivien, I think you are right about this being a matter of personality. I also am constantly thinking and working out issues in my head...or going to other sources for ideas. I think what I find interesting are those people who complete something each day and post it on a blog site! Gee, there are days on end when I am not even around my computer to get things posted! And, for me, I have found "down time" is really helpful. But I can see your point about it all balancing out when you work on several projects at a time. Like you, I also enjoy the larger pieces. Thank you so much for visiting. I do hope you will return again. You have a wonderful blog, and I look forward to exploring there more.

~Babs said...

Me, create under pressure?
As in deadlines?

I'm not always even comfortable with commissions,unless of course it's the simple "do me something in red" kind of thing.Which can be fun!
I can get pretty twitchy trying to interpret someone else's vision.
So, there's another topic:

Andrea and Kim said...

I so get that! I was just having a conversation with an artist who is trying to work with her client on a commission. Her problem is just getting the client to settle on something! I suppose that kind of thing is okay with me because I had to learn to read a client really well in my ID work. I don't mind the interpretation part, but being pushed to get something done is brutal. I am also one of those people, because I know I am this way, who does projects for other people way ahead of the deadline (and give myself lots of time to do it). So how about being under pressure to get a certain number of works done in a particular period of time?

Commissions? Well, maybe.

jafabrit said...

No, I don't partly because I only paint something when I moved to. Generally I am working on several projects every day, but I am not into trying to a finished project every day. I like to take my time, let work evolve etc. That is a major part of why I will NOT do commissions.
Which is not to say I don't admire those who can do it. I have a friend who loves working under pressure and doing commissions.

What has to be right?

For me it is when an artist trusts their inner art voice and doesn't get bamboozled into thinking what they "should" do according to others.

Great questions.

Andrea and Kim said...

I so understand what you are saying here. I, too, have never taken on a commission because I worked so much that way with ID and wanted more freedom from the pressure.

You are so right, though, "What has to be right?" We need to learn what is right for us, as individuals...anyway, isn't that what really makes an artist, an artist?

Thanks so much for sharing your views here, Jafa, you are always insightful.

How about this...I will keep asking the questions and everyone else can answer? :) Just joking...a good pondering question needs a question in return, don't you think?