Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sunday .....!

I consider the week a success if I painted (or did some drawing) every day. Recently I started keeping a log that shows what I did on a daily basis. (Of course, I can always scroll through my blog to see what I did......but the log is more specific). It's motivating to see at a glance that I've been productive. My aim is to fill this book! Do you have a system for tracking your work?

(Top Photo) Painting: Celeste Bergin, Moonlight, oil on 6x6  canvas panel
(Bottom Photo) Daily painting log


Jenny said...

Love the colors in this painting!
No system other than my blog now. I did put all my paintings I had photos of in to a photo book through Blurb. That is my way now of tracking my life. xo Jenny

Unknown said...

Good idea to keep a log. I think if you miss a day you will be sure to make up for it on the next.

-Don said...

Ooohh... I'm curious to know what was so bad about the comment on the 9th that made you feel it necessary to hide. :-)

I don't have a daily log, but I do document every painting as I finish. I have an alphabetical index file that has a card for each work which lists the title, date, medium, size, palette and comments. I also keep a notebook listing the works chronologically with the title, date, size and price. Finally, I have notebooks with printouts of each work - also featured chronologically.


Manel said...

Very good landscape!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Celeste, your water is so beautiful. I feel as if I could dip my foot into it. The reflection is just right!

It is such a good idea to keep a record of all you are doing. It is easy to forget! My discipline about that kind of record keeping is hit or miss, but I do spend nearly every day in some kind of creative pursuit.

Autumn Leaves said...

Seat of my pants? Skin of my teeth? No, no methods in place here. Then again, I don't manage to do art every day. I wish I could, so very much.

Celeste, I'm not sure why but this piece is now at the top of my favorites list. It reminds me of an old movie I saw about harvest moons and a dance in an old inn that was resurrected. There is comfort and a sense of being hugged, a sense of romance, and a bit of mystery. I just love it!

Libby Fife said...

Love this painting too. I keep using the adjective "atmospheric" but your landscapes really have a lot going on.

I have one journal for everything-sketching, writing, etc. I usually just write down in there what I did for the week. I also organize my photos by date so I can see at a glance what I produced for any given month. Incidentally, I use a baseball term, "hitting for the cycle" to say if I have reached my goal for the week:)

Celeste Bergin said...

Thanks Jenny, Carrie, Don, Manel, Elizabeth, Sherry and Libby! Appreciate your comments. Carrie is right...I can see when I miss a day that I need to make up for it by doing 2-3 things the following day. I also like the notes feature for recording something key about it.
Haha Don, that tab on the 9th is just there to find the page when the book is closed. It doesn't say anything that I am concealing haha!
I wish I had always had this log, I have a lot of paintings..but it would be a chore to log them retroactively!

billspaintingmn said...

This is a second attempt to post a comment!
These last two paintings have cool moods, each one differently.

I keep forgetting to get a system to remind me.
I do have a moleskin with the words
"Other Brain" that I'll write things to do in.

Caio Fern said...

yes... beautiful

hw (hallie) farber said...

Gosh. I was patting myself on the back for getting organized last week--I picked up all the drawings and small paintings that were lying around upstairs and stuck them between pages in a large acid-free sketchbook--starting at the back. This doesn't hold a candle to your daily log. (I do have a yearly calendar tacked on my wall; days without art are marked with a big red ugly X.)

Beautiful "Moonlight" painting.

Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Celeste,
What a feeling of autumn! Looking at it, I feel like putting on a sweater and throwing another log on the fire.
Beautiful mood.

Virginia Floyd said...

Goodness, you are organized!

Love this landscape painting...beautiful water.

martinealison said...

Une peinture captivante... si rare parfois dans un paysage... Une grande limpidité qui accroche mon regard.

Je n'ai un procédé aussi méthodique pour travailler...
Je vous envie un peu, car il est probable que j'allégerais la tête! Mon agenda est en quelque sorte dans mon esprit... tout en sachant que mon année commence en septembre et que je parviens à peindre une toile environ par mois... En ce moment, je prends du retard!!!... A c'est parfois dur la réalité!
gros bisous

Linda Popple said...

Very dreamy! Love it!

My blog is my only log. Of course, I don't post everything I do, read, see, etc. I think a log is a good idea1