8 x 16, oil
September has ushered in new schedules, commitments and obligations unrelated to painting, so lately I've been pondering time management - as in how to organize time for all the things I have to do/want to do/need to do/can't find time to do... so this statement really grabbed me:
"A tough manager will have realistic quotas for his employees that he keeps to himself and aggressively stretch quotas, anywhere from ten percent higher to a lot more, which he imposes on his staff. If his people miss the stretch numbers but exceed the realistic goals, he's happy. If he's a superb manager, he knows how far they can stretch without breaking"(Twyla Tharp) Yes, how far CAN we stretch without breaking? (Has Gov. Palin written a book addressing that yet?) Twyla also reminds us to "Concentrate. You CAN'T have it all" Hmmmnn, I would venture to add that prioritizing and managing time wisely are the keys to discerning just how much attention and focus are required for each commitment. And learning to delegate is a learned skill for those of us who struggle with handing over the reigns. So... my question is this: how does Twyla's advice translate for those of us who serve as both the manager and the employee? This is a frequent topic among my artist friends, especially women, who tend to "wear many hats" in addition to that of artist - I'll let you know if we ever figure it all out. Meanwhile, I am going to post a few older paintings for a few days (like the one above) while I attempt to get caught up on things outside the studio...oops, Time's Up, Gotta Go!
"We are too busy mopping the floor to turn off the faucet" (unknown author)