I look back on my social media posts and it sometime seems as if I simply, blithely, paint away and the world moves around my canvases. I assure you this is NOT the case! All the spaces in between are full to overlapping. I sometimes push the rest of my life back like a restless sea rearranging driftwood along the shores.
This is likely true for most painters and particularly true for landscape painters who often swing freely like sensitive weathervanes, knowing no real beginning or end to what one might call “work”.
My days are more about rhythms than schedules. Beautiful or flat light doesn’t care so much about a specific time. This means everything else must work around the best light possible. Studio visits for the gallery artists are organized by the best natural light to view the paintings. Plein air times are adjusted for the best light to paint. Finishing the work on a painting is decided by the best light to work in the studio with a combination of natural light and studio lamps.
Supper times are moved around. Bill paying and inventory work is squeezed in between writing the gallery’s newsletter. Groceries are pick up as the last egg goes into the caste-iron frying pan. Fresh produce is gathered from the farm stands and washed and transferred to bowls, offering snacks on the fly. Laundry is done between brushstrokes as the painter steps back to see what else is needed. Phone calls are returned while cleaning the brushes in the sink at the end of a painting session. Walks to study the landscape and gather references are part of daily exercise requirements. Social media post that share the process and promoting paintings happens during early morning coffee. And so it goes, from one day to the next until years have passed with 30 - 40 works being released and more than half of these having been either picked up or shipped to art collectors around North America and beyond.
It is an interesting, inspiring and challenging life… but I don’t get to blithely paint all day. I wish I did sometimes. But the truth is that this intriguing bit of the work is likely less than 30% of what all must be done to keep things rolling along. I apologize if it seems that I have mislead you with the most exciting bits.