Tuesday, January 20, 2009

New YouTube Video Slideshow

Check out my new gallery of paintings on YouTube !

Click on the arrow in the middle of the blue screen.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Productivity for the Working Artist

Do you hate a messy workspace as much as I do? Is it possible to be effective and productive when one must work on top of a heap of documents, sketches, notepads and other items? In my case the art clutter mingles with the office clutter which creates total chaos. So why do we allow this clutter in our lives? Maybe its because we don't prioritize effectively. Okay, so maybe procrastination is also involved. The sketch above says it all. I doodled in my sketchbook last evening as I listened to The Road to Peak Productivity, by productivity expert, Leslie Shreve, presented by Alyson Stanfield (http://www.artbizcoach.com ). The teleseminar, now available as an audio program, offered innovative tips on increasing productivity through creating an effective organizational system. It provided much room for thought. Here's my plan. I will be creating a system to keep the "to do" stacks from forming on my art table and office desk. Since I have two work flow centers in my studio, I've brought in a two drawer file cabinet to house items related to artwork and items that are office related. A "current" file will be in the front of each drawer for items related to today's tasks. Items remaining in the file by day's end is high priority the following day. I will examine and handle each item and file or trash it on a daily basis. I know that I am not alone in striving to be more productive so I will let you know my progress as I complete the program I have laid out for myself. Oh yes...this is only the first step!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

What an Honor! WcW Artist of the Year

You cannot imagine my surprise when I learned I have been named Artist of the Year 2008-2009 by the Watercolor Workshop online artist community. With 1750 members, it is a most prolific and stimulating group of watercolorists and one that I have enjoyed since the Fall of 2006. Here's where the info is posted: http://susieshort.net/wcwaoty-2009.html . Click on one of the small trophies if you'd like to leave a comment.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Beginners Watercolor Class - Small Study

Seagull on Piling - Class Study
Watercolor on 5" x 7" 140 lb. Paper

This will be a small study that my beginner's watercolor class will be working on during our February classes at the Delmarva Discovery Center. The main project is posted below.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Watercolor Class Project

12" x 9" Watercolor Painting - Class Project
These two seagulls settling onto the snowy docks by the Delmarva Discovery Center is a common winter scene. The painting is a project for the basic beginner's watercolor class that I will be teaching at the Center during the month of February. Cick this link for more info: Delmarva Discovery Center Website . If you're local, I hope you'll join us! If not, please just enjoy viewing the painting and thanks for looking!