(Art group painting)
Acrylic on canvas
14 x 16 inches
Barbara Muir © 2011
As I got ready to rush off to my art grouptonight I ran through the checklist. 1. paint.
2. brushes. 3 paper towels. 4. water bottle.
5. extra paint. 6. charcoal. 7. a canvas. 8.
brushes. 9. Something to put water in. 10.
A yogurt lid to mix paint on. 11. cash for class.
And so on. And last night very late before I
went to bed I wrote a check list on a scrap
of paper on the table in the studio to direct
me through the finishing job for a difficult
My point. Sometimes we think of painting as
being like something apart from life -- a high
orgiastic experience comparable to listening to
Beethoven, or Verdi. And it is like that, especially
at the origin of the inspiration and at pivotal points in
creativity. But there is another more practical side to the
job of creation too, and that is the work side. Enter
the check list.
When I was preparing to go on Oprah Alyson Stanfield
advised me to write a checklist every day and keep it
with me all day. I teach this kind of thing, so I should
have known it. But she was extremely comforting,
and so is the check list. It's an anchor in a sea of
the strange, emotional highs and lows of creativity,
like the grocery list that leads to the amazing
dinner and terrific party.
Have a writing-a-checklist day.