At the end of this first week of the Coronavirus Confinement & Social Distancing experiment, a meme I saw the other day describes it perfectly…What a long year this week has been…
As working artists, we are pretty much used to being self-quarantined in our studios. I must admit, at the beginning of all of this, I kind of welcomed the stopping of the clock, mandatory shut down of life so I could get some work done. Trying not to think too hard about why I’m sequestered in my studio, I’m actually enjoying this quiet time and realizing I have much to do that I was saving for a rainy day. The following is a list of what I’ve accomplished so far and look forward to accomplishing. Hoping it will give you some inspiration to get S**T done.
I realize there are many of you who can’t get to your studios at this time and believe me, I empathize. There was a time not too long ago when I was in the same boat. For you, I have this post and this post, listing portable, non-messy art supplies you can purchase to use at home or out at your favorite hiking trail. Fortunately, Amazon still works and you can purchase these supplies and more at my Amazon Store.
- Make one thing on your Idea List I have an ongoing list of 20-25 ideas that randomly pop into my head when I’m working on must-do things. This list consists of fun things like embroidery or sewing projects, making sketchbooks or portfolio boxes to house my ever growing collection of artist postcards. If you sew, make a face mask to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus should you venture outside. If you don’t know what to make, start an idea list now!
- Have a melt down For encaustic artists and those who can get to the studio…melt down your encaustic scrapings-doing this makes great grays and taupes. I have a collection of scrapings I’ve been saving since forever and now is the time to melt! If you don’t know how to do this, stay tuned for a how-to on My Youtube Channel and IGTV.
- Read that giant art book you got over the holidays Yeah, READ IT, don’t just look at the pictures. I just read the Lawrence Carroll book, I Have Longed to Move Away, it was awesome and allowed me so much more insight into his work.
- Clean It’s spring after all and if you can actually find cleaning supplies in the stores, get busy cleaning out the winter scuzz from those nooks and crannies.
- Clean Out Go through your collections of books, pencils, paints, brushes, paper pads, whatever you’ve been hoarding and get rid of some stuff. Donate it to a local school, summer camp or after school program. Even if the kids don’t get back to school this semester, they will use it in September.
- Draw For those with or without a studio, it just takes a substrate and a drawing implement to make some art. Not sure what to draw? Visit 5 Mark-Making Exercises to Jump Start Your Art for ideas.
- Catalog your art inventory Oh, its soooo booooring! But it must be done and I’m sure you’re like me and have been putting it off like the plague-no pun intended. No more excuses, get busy and get it done. Sign up for ArtWork Archive to make your life easier.
- Start that one big art marketing thing you’ve been putting off We all have that thing that looms so big we can’t even imagine how to begin. Start a web page, a blog, a new Instagram account, a Facebook Fan page, learn a new technique, make videos, etc. For me, it’s online classes. I’ve been circling around it for years and it has become more imperative for me to begin now that I may not have a 2020 workshop season.
- Bake From the looks of the shelves at my food store and the yummy pics on my social media, everyone has had the same idea to make a sweet treat to get through this time. For artists, we can take it a step further and creatively decorate our yummies. Visit my Cakes! Pinterest Page for inspiration-even if you don’t bake, it’s fun to look.
- Do not fear, think positive, wash your hands and realize that all of this is temporary I have seen people referring to this as ‘the new normal’ and some have settled into a mindset that all of this is forever. It is not, my friends. While this virus should be taken seriously, be secure in the fact that it is a virus and we will find a vaccine, if not a cure to combat it. This too, shall pass and when it does, I think we will all have a better outlook on life and in our fellow humans. Be safe, healthy and wash your hands.