Journal

Getting organised

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Thinking in post-its.


There’s nothing like an exhibition to highlight the need for being organised and having good systems in place. INTERPLAY, opening in early November, is no exception.

Playing with post-its and the Johnny Decimal system I’m currently looking at the following areas and categories to organise the files on my laptop:

10-19 ADMIN
   11 Legal
      11.01 Contracts
      11.02 Company Registration
      11.03 Etc.
   12 Accounts
      12.01 Invoices
      12.02 Expenses - Business Only
      12.03 Expenses - Shared
      12.04 Bank Statements
      12.05 Etc.
   13 Planning

20-29 MAKING
   21 Works
   22 Writing
      22.01 Proposals
      22.02 Newsletters
      22.03 Articles
      22.04 Artist Statements
      22.05 Bios
   23 Research
   24 Exhibitions
      24.01 Interplay
      24.02 New Old Forms

30-39 MARKETING
   31 Website
   32 Social Media
   33 Branding
   34 Promotional Material
      34.01 TAD
      34.02 Exhibition Invites

40-49 MONEY (SELLING / INCOME)
   41 Inventory
   42 Lists of Works
   43 Potentials
      43.01 Sales
      43.02 Funding

This structure is not complete and is very much a work in progress. While the idea of a perfect system can be both seductive and stultifying, I know (sometimes with difficulty) an imperfect and working system is more practical than an illusory idea.

Unexpected Tabletop

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Table solaire by Salvador Dalí
Oil on panel
46 × 60cm
1936

If asked, I wouldn’t have expected this work from the Surrealism show as Te Papa to catch my eye.

The technique is flawless (which may or may not be a good thing), but it was the light in this work that struck me. And the colours in the tabletop – just lovely!

New desk set-up

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New desk set-up.


While a new monitor wouldn’t go a miss (and is on my list of “things to buy for the office”) I’m enjoying having a dedicated “working desk” at home.

Having a designated, single-use, physical space to work at, rather than sitting on my bed with my laptop, is already helping me differentiate work from the other parts of my life.

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And preparation for INTERPLAY, the group exhibition I’m part of, continues. More details very soon!

Sketchbook Drawings

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Scanned A6 sketchbook drawings.


While it’s been a while (about seven weeks – who’s counting!) since I picked up a paintbrush, I continue to draw.

These two drawings are from several made over the last week. They feel different to the others – the top one being less worked, more abstract.

The bottom one, well, there’s something about the foreground form and the space it is sitting in. I’m struck by how the form teeters on the edge of the frame. As space recedes, the circular blob on the figure (midway up to the right) pushes forward beyond the picture plane and into the viewers’ space.

While these are not conscious studies for paintings – they give me knowledge of a different (internal) place. I may explore this place further in future works – we’ll see what happens when I next pick up a brush.

Right Now

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Untitled (Spooky)
acrylic on canvas
200 × 250mm
2021

When I’m not sure what to write in my newsletter, I often come back to these questions:

How am I feeling right now?
What do I need right now?
What am I experimenting with right now?
What am I working on right now?

Right now, I’m feeling, hmmm, I’m feeling ok. I’m feeling a little time constrained with all the things I’d like to be doing. And I wish we were back at Level 1.

Today I need a brain that can spend a little more time in front of screens. A cup of tea and some chocolate biscuits would also be helpful.

I am experimenting with:

  • Poster designs for Interplay.
  • Being open to different ideas, feelings, and ways of being in the world.

And I’m working on:

  • A poster / graphic design for our November group show, Interplay
  • Selecting and preparing work for Interplay (see above image)
  • Creating space and time to focus on the essentials (Or perhaps I’ll try focussing on the essentials, so they fill the space and time I have 😀).