Count.

Oddly enough time divided up makes more time, time that can be seized and used.

Time sections are Jerusalem artichoke-like:  you cut the bulbs in pieces and get more plants.  Each piece will grow, and you’ll live in a forest of the plants if you’re not careful, a vast sea of waving heliotropic flowers continually turning their faces toward the light on the earth’s great sweeping clock face.

Count how many versions you’ll do.  (Set a goal.)  Count the amount of time that you’ll spend on each drawing. (Set a length goal.)  Set a timer, run your drawing like a race (get ready, get set, go!).

Redo the same thing thinking to turn yourself dumbly into a machine, a Xerox copier (all the versions will be different, humans are subtle).  This should be a separate rule.  I’ll repeat it later (which is also wise time use, repetition, we are a forgetful species).

[This post is dedicated to the life and memory of Paul Squires of Gingatao, a great poet of the early 21st century.]

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4 thoughts on “Time Management for Artists, numero deux

  1. There is also “air drawing” — no kidding. Matisse did it, a kind of gestural thing in the air before starting a line on a painting. He was self-conscious about it because he hadn’t read my Rules for Time Management, but he shouldn’t have been.

    And remember the drawer. Put them in a drawer.

    Oh, and there’s the child’s toy a Magic Doodle (and similar things) the “tavoletta” non-permanent tablet for practice drawing — they’ve actually been around (in obviously different forms) for centuries!

    So, see, people have had hang ups about this stuff forever!

    And Paul Squires is a great, great poet.

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