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Today was especially grey, and especially productive. I started early and finished today’s piece “Little Left from Before”, and started on another pastel painting, which I expect to complete by early tomorrow.
A few weeks ago, my friend Jeanne stopped by for a visit, and while showing her around I mentioned that I was about to start my thirty-in-thirty project, and that the winter tends to be the most productive season in my studio. This has always been true —even when working full-time as an artist— and it has become even more so now that I am working more hours outside of the studio as a garden designer.
Later, Jeanne sent me this article —“The Longest Nights”— by Timothy Egan for the The New York Times blog, The Opinionator. I was fascinated —but not altogether surprised— to read that winter is a very productive time for many creative people; including artists, writers and others. Given how common the phenomenon seems to be, I’m surprised that more hasn’t been written on the subject. I’m curious. What is your experience?
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