How long does it take me to make art?
Recently someone asked me how long it took to finish one of my colored pencil pieces. The truth was, I didn’t really know. Not exactly.
What I mean is, I knew that about five weeks had gone by between the time I started the piece and the time I finished. But that doesn’t really tell the story. I am seldom able to do nothing but work on art all day, every day. Other things come up and get in the way.
Since I’m single and living on my own, I have to do all the household stuff like cleaning and laundry. I have to shop and buy food. I have to run errands. I have to put gas in the car. I’m also involved in another business, TSG Multimedia, that takes some of my time. I envy artists who have a significant other who handles all that stuff.
And even when it comes to art-related activities, it’s not all about actually doing art. I have to book art shows. I have to do paperwork (yes, even an artist has to do that). I have to make prints and cut mats. I have to keep track of all my prints so that I can sign and number them properly. I have to print the certificates of authenticity that go on the back. Then when all of that is done, I have to put each print in its own plastic bag to protect it until the customer puts it in a frame.
So in light of all that, I decided that I would try to keep track of the hours I actually spent on a piece. I have this software app on my computer that is normally for billing clients an hourly rate, but it works just as well for this task. Whenever I sit down to actually put pencils on paper, I am going to turn it on and let it run the clock.
We’ll see what happens.