Lately I've been thinking a lot about how my personality effects my studio practice. For those of you that don't know me, I'm an ambivert. I value my time being alone and with others equally. This wasn't something I was aware of until this year. Working for myself has given me an amazing opportunity to learn more about my natural tendancies. I was spending so much time on my own in the studio that I realized that I was craving a more balanced schedule that involved interaction with others. With this in mind, I have been breaking up my week with meetings, working in cafe's and studio time.
I'm also learning more about the schedule my brain functions on. In the mornings, I tend to do more technical work and business. I attend meetings, work on my website, document paintings, and email usually between 7am-2pm. At about 6pm, it's like a switch was flipped. My paintings are always better when I work on them later in the day.
I'm craving this same work balance in my paintings. Naturally, I'm heavy handed when it comes to drawing. I tend to create extra layers of paint to compensate for the fast-paced bold marks. To help slow things down, I also incorporated stitching into some of the work. It's a physical way to bring more thoughts to the mark. Another element you'll find in my recent work is more space around congested areas of the painting. Leaving the canvas blank in some areas creates the potential for the mark to travel on it's own.