We have mentioned before about how many artists are solitary, mostly working by themselves in isolation. Is this a good thing? Or a bad thing? Does every artist work this way? I guess the best any of us can do is speak for ourselves on this one.


I’m sure as you read this you are thinking of your own situation and how and where you choose to work. If you are, I would love to hear from you too and not always me spouting opinions. I do work in isolation, and I like it that way.


Love long extended days with no interruption in the studio especially when there is a good flow going. Once on a roll I don’t want anything to stop it or slow it down. Even a dinner break sometimes will kill the “mood” of the work and it slows, considerably. I guess it takes an artist to understand this. But think about it, if you research you will find almost all the really big names in art work this way. It’s part of the creative process.


When preparing for a big show this work is done in series. I have a big drying rack where I put wet paintings on so I can work 3-5 canvases at a time. While one cures a bit, I can work on another. This is also where I lay paintings to paint edges when painting on wrap-around gallery canvases. Canvases that are wet on the edges are hard to handle. You almost have to grab the frame brace on the back to move it. This way I can paint the edges while I have that color paint on the palette and move on to something else while it dries.


I do like music while working, but it has to be the right kind of music. It has to fit the mood of the painting, or it throws me off. Sometimes silence is best too. No distraction and you can put yourself into the work. I love the quiet and out-of-the way feel of the studio. If you take a dinner break or even sleeping overnight you can leave things where they are, don’t have to clean up every time you are gone from the easel. Quiet isolation is NOT a bad thing, but quite the contrary. It’s the peaceful break from the world artists need. We need that space to think, plan and perform.

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