A Review of the February 2021
Last month I wrote about my year in review for 2020, The Zentangle Method® and the Artists who created it, my Mom, and her book “Ramblings.” In addition to my three blogs, I spent most of January getting ready for 2021, yes I know, it was a bit late but I’m a huge planning procrastinator!
In addition to “business tasks,” I started my inside spring cleaning. Some folks like to wait until it’s actually springtime, but my thinking is “if I’m stuck inside I might as well get my inside spring cleaning done now.” I live in Indiana where one of our favorite lines is “If you don’t like the weather, wait a few hours it will change!” There have been times where we’ve experienced all four seasons in one day. By getting my inside work done I have more time when it’s actually nice outside to work in my yard and do other things besides housework!
In addition to going through the stuff mentioned I clean out shelves, drawers, nooks, and crannies as I go. A couple of years ago, I kind of got organized and created a “place for everything and everything in its place” which I try to follow through with. However, when I’m in the middle of more than one project at the same time I tend to be a “stacker” until the project is done. One of my goals this year is to end each studio session by setting out the items needed for the next day and putting everything else away. The other is to create an inventory spread sheet and maintain it. We shall see! I’ve worked in the middle of studio chaos for so long that this may not happen.
For me, spring cleaning in the studio typically involves going through items like cards, magazines, leftover papers, incomplete Zentangle® tiles and paintings that I’ve put aside during the year with the thought of “doing something” with them. As a result, I end up with a years’ worth of clutter to sort through. In my mind it’s kind of the same concept of “if you haven’t worn it for a year toss it.” I also have a “she shed” where artsy crafty things I’m not ready to let go of yet land during the cold weather to be sorted out when it’s warmer.
Besides the everyday life things, I’ve also made time to be in the studio this past month. One of my top commission clients had an abstract painting that was created by her deceased Mother-In-Law which had one of her least favorite colors, pink, in it. We worked together to find a replacement color she liked, and I touched up those areas with it. I’ve also been working on a new work series using The Zentangle Method® and planning a class which I will talk more about next week in my Zentangle® blog.
Thanks for hanging out with me this week!