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Artist Ann Rea
A Day in the Week of an Artist
thisWeekI only display available works of art on annrea.com.  Why annoy collectors showing them work that they cannot have?  It would be like finding the perfect dress or home and then discovering that it's sold. And most of my available inventory of original oil paintings offered on annrea.com are field studies.  The large-scale commissioned paintings that require these field studies are now in the hands of the art patrons who commission the series.  Field studies, meaning that I created them in the field, are studies created in and of the vineyards. Many field studies continue to provide inspiration.  If they perk enough of my artistic curiosity then I will explore and reinterpret them on a larger scale in my private live work Pacific beach studio in The Presidio of San Francisco. This week my studio is clean and purged and I have a number of large museum boards primed and ready to paint.  This is a new support that I’m looking forward to trying. A support is the surface that the paint is applied to.  It’s often stretched canvas but it can be canvas board, wood board, or paper. These are museum series gesso boards cradled 2 inches deep.  That means that they are wood with the face prepped with a substance called gesso, the under-painting of original oil paintings.  This wood board face sits on top of a cradle that is flush on the sides.  It stands two inches away from the wall creating dimension so that my collectors can display these oil paintings with or without a frame. I start with a piece of charcoal to draw the composition of the painting and to plan in my head fields of color.  They are not vineyards in my mind, they are shapes and forms described as charcoal lines and they reflect my mood when I draw them.  These charcoal lines will be mostly swept away with the paint on the brush. Above is a peak at my artistic focus this week.
Six Things each Day
annreaSquared I’m often asked, “How can you paint and run a business at the same time?”  My answer, “I have to manage my priorities.”  Notice I didn’t say, “I have to manage my time.”  That’s impossible.  We’re always interrupted.  The phone rings, the FedEx deliveryman is knocking on the door, or this morning there was a Great Blue Heron walking slowly on top of the carport. I had to stand for a while and watch him. So I focus on my priorities and those priorities are six action steps that I’m going to complete each day, action steps that will move me towards attaining my annual goal.  My annual goal is my company’s 2010 sales goal, which I aim to at least double. Each night before I go to bed I list six action steps that I’m going to complete the following day.  They are numbered one through six in order of their priority.  I get up and I focus on the first one and I work on it until it’s done. Allowing for appointments, I move to number two. I try my best to get through all six but if I don’t, I at least know that I have worked on the most important action items first. Generally I like to divide my day in half.  The mornings are for left-brain related business and marketing tasks.  Then if I have time, I go for a run to help shift into my creative right brain.  I find the repetitive and meditative motion of running, and the tranquil natural setting of The Presidio, to be very helpful. When I return, it’s time to paint.  Painting is not always listed as number one and I don’t spend every afternoon in front of my easel. But as I get closer to my sales goal, it will be number one most every day.