Are You Ready For the Holidaze?
Ok. So it's been 24 hours since our big "party day". What that really means is it is time for me to catch up.
First, I got some sleep. Then I did a little shopping (online). Then I worked on our Christmas cards. I actually got a lot done. It's a good thing. Because none of these tasks required me to get out of my jammies. Of course I didn't get near enough done today. The are way too many things I have to do for the holidays.
I am curious. Are you ready for the "holidaze"? It's a stressful and crazy time for everyone. Especially if you are dealing with painting commission deadlines for customers who need their paintings before Christmas! Not finishing in this case pretty much doesn't work. A deadline is a deadline and you do need to get things done on time. It's not really an option to deliver one late. Bummer.
So what do you do?
My best tip for getting things done (when you are behind) is to wake up early and head immediately to your studio. Well, after you get coffee of course. That's an automatic. It's very important that you leave your cell phone in the kitchen. (Or if you absolutely have to have it nearby at least turn off the volume.) Just tune out the distractions. All of them. Music is ok.
Then start painting and paint and paint and paint. Take a break for lunch (or more coffee) and paint again. Before you know it, you just might be done. I know this approach sounds simple but it works.
This is exactly what I did yesterday! I had some custom order oil painting pet portraits to get done yesterday. I slept on the couch so my husband wouldn't so I could work on painting in the morning in the dining room. Then I got a cup of coffee, turned on Artists Helping Artists podcasts and painted nearly all day. It's rare to get a day to do this and I felt so blessed. The paintings (4 of them!) turned out good and should be ready by Christmas. If I stay off the computer in the morning, I can get more done on my art. Which makes me way happier than an hour on Pinterest and email!
12/19/2016 06:49:28 am
I have 2 commissions I need to finish, and 12 frames frames to make before Christmas. (Yes, I make my own frames!) .... And a very sick son home from school. It is near impossible to get studio time in when children are home sick. I remember several guests you have had on aha over the years who are professional artists and mom's of young children. I respect those artists so much, as I know how difficult it is to juggle both. Looks like I will be in my studio late tonight when my husband is home and can take over parenting! :)
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