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Map Love Madness No. 8 {wip}

“You will write if you will write without thinking of the result in terms of a result,
but think of the writing in terms of discovery, which is to say that creation must take place
between the pen and the paper, not before in a thought or afterwards in a recasting...
It will come if it is there and if you will let it come.”
Gertrude Stein

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5x8" sketch moleskine, work in process, watercolor, slicci pen

I thought I'd share this one in progress - it's going to take some time to finish as it's one of my my projects for those pockets of time where I am "waiting" for someone or something. It resides in the moleskine in my purse with a bunch of pens.

Here's what I do. I work on a bunch of stuff at once. I don't even think about what's in progress, because it doesn't matter. I tend to hop around even within mediums. At this moment I have the following stuff in progress. And this is only what I can remember: a painting going on in the kitchen, several moleskines {always moleskines}, an 18" wide cityscape, fabric cut up for art quilting, a doodle acrylic painting, several 24x36" canvases, lots of smaller canvases, the noticing journal {altered book}, the Daisy Yellow Zine #6... ad inifinitim. That's what works for me. I think it's one of the reasons I don't run out of ideas.

It's like exercise. You can workout 30 minutes in the morning and 25 minutes at night and it still counts as 55 minutes, right? So a whole bunch of time spent on 14 art projects is still a whole bunch of time spent doing art. So hop around, have fun with it. You will finish stuff as you go. You might even find that ideas from one medium inform another!

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Reader Comments (4)

I'm happiest with many art projects up in the air too. I just work better that way....maybe its a form of ADD......i don't know. :) Its a little difficult to work that way in our cramped apartment right now so i try to keep it to one or two! Hugs! deb

08.27.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdeb

I love having lots of projects going at 1 time, too. I'm bummed lately because I went back to work and don't have the time to play with all my art that I had over the summer. Trying to do at least a few minutes each day, whether it's an index card or a quick doodle. Thanks for the encouragement, Tammy!

08.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLee

Love your Map Love Madness. I'm new to creating art (on paper), so I'm still figuring out what works for me. When I started knitting, I would have many projects going at once. Then, I realized I pretty much needed to be dedicated to 1 or 2, otherwise I would never finish. With the Daily Paper Prompts, I've fallen behind. I've realized that is in part because I start playing with my supplies & do not work on the prompt. What you wrote in this post made me realize that I am working on a number of the prompts ... perhaps not in order, but still every little bit does count. I just wrote my words for the Slow Journaling which was prompted, but my playing with watercolors the other day & cutting out a shoe. Soon it will all come together ... you reassured me of that.

BTW, I listened to your 1st podcast this past weekend. It was great & I felt very connected to you ... I am a numbers person too!

08.29.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSherry

Do people even exist that only have one thing on the go??? I can't even imagine. I don't even have one art journal on the go. Hopping all over the place, but I never even think about boredom anymore, unless it is associated with housework!! hahaha

09.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

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