A Year of Listening, Week 3

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. –Bertrand Russell

One of the original self portraits of the artist as as egg

One of the original self portraits of the artist as as egg

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A Year of Listening, Week 2

A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time. –Annie Dillard
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section of Dancing at Midnight, textile wall hanging by Norma Colman

Start, Finish, and Make

I do not like the word deadline.  I do not read nonfiction books from the beginning.  I am in essence a maker and I favor neither the starting nor the finish point.  I like the exploration that comes in the middle.

I am planning the next 6 months of studio work, during which I will make many items.  As I schedule commitments into the calendar, I have started with the finish points, many of which have been determined by exterior circumstances.  Yes, that was the easy part.

I need to know what the starting point looks like.  Is it a sketch, a shopping list, a contract?  My inner voice strongly suggests I choose and get moving.  I would like to choose well.

What do your starting and finishing points look like?  Do you also prefer the making in the middle?