I don't believe in multi-tasking. One thing at a time is my motto. Having a dinner while conversing, or painting and listening to music at the same time, are some of the few things I would do with profit and pleasure. Try doing something that requires concentration and simultaneously listening to your teenage daughter's angst. You may be able to, but I can't. These days many drivers put their and other people's lives in danger by texting while driving. One thing at a time, man.
Sometimes, however, I end up multi-tasking. Here is the story. Thursday was a very busy day. It started with a photography session with a client for a commission painting, followed by ice-skating practice, grocery shopping, a visit to my daughter's doctor's office for her flu shot, cooking dinner, and a fundraiser holiday concert at a bookstore where I also got half of Christmas shopping done!
I had started "Key Bridge at Sunset" the day before, but didn't get to finish it. It was going well. This was the second time that I tried the same subject; I wanted it to be better than the first painting ("Georgetown at Sunset"), which I felt looked belabored.
Paints were becoming sticky, and I had little time to do finishing touches during the day. Painting in the kayakers was particularly nerve-wracking. I didn't want the painting to be about the health benefits of kayaking. Kayakers, especially the big one at the bottom left, were supposed to balance the painting and add a visual interest to the large expanse of the river.
|"Georgetown at Sunset" (oil, 9" x 12")|
I finished the painting while grilling rosemary lamb chops and boiling new potato. My studio, formerly known as the dining room, is right next to the kitchen, so I could pull it off. Nevertheless, I felt like Daniel Craig playing James Bond, or Jason Statham as the Transporter!