Did you know Picasso left the world 1,876 paintings, 1,335 sculptures, 7,089 standalone drawings, 18,000 prints, 2,880 ceramic pieces and 149 notebooks of drawings?
Pas mal, as they say in France.
I discovered this little tidbit over here. Not only did he create the work but he documented it all. In essence he curated his own future museum.
It got me thinking about the art of curating.
Currently, my curating skills are weak. I have two thick binders of Paris Letters that are quite well organized. Mostly. Sort of. And I have a huge library or photos and letter ideas stored in my computer.
It’s a big friggin’ mess.
Photos and letters the world may never see because I spend too much time collecting the materials and not enough time doing something with them.
Self gets so annoyed with self.
Am I the only one? Am I the only artist with a lifetime’s worth of materials and only two binders to show for it?
Well, two binders and a book. Arghm.
Pas mal, but it could be better. Why haven’t I whipped out a Monstroso Collectiaro like Picasso?
Psychologists would call it fear.
Behaviorists would call it laziness.
Life coaches would call it lack of prioritizing.
But I’m going to call it TIMING.
Why? Because it feels better to just shrug off all the reasons why I haven’t done anything about it and spend my time here and now DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT. Let’s bypass the psychology, shall we?
Self is impressed with self.
First order of business is to launch the Travel Letter mail subscription over at my shop.
Drum roll, please…
It’s the same deal as the Paris Letter mail subscription but about other places in the world. The first letter goes out to lucky subscribers snail-mail style on November 1st, 2014, and it’s about a lovely trip I took to the coast of Italy. Feel free to subscribe, or subscribe someone you love. It’s a gift that gives every month.
Who doesn’t love fun mail?
I’m also still whipping out a Paris Letter each and every month for all those Francophiles out there.
That leaves us with the paintings that need to be painted and the photos that need to become more than gigabytes on my computer. I may hold the title for most photos of Paris that haven’t seen the light of day. So I’ll be spending the next few months curating that hot mess.
Do you have a hot mess that requires your attention?
Is there some unrequited art projects collecting dust in the back of the closet? A few bags of art supplies from the art store that haven’t even been unpacked? How about all those photos you took on vacation? Did you print a few? Frame them? Even get them off your camera? I am guilty of ALL these things.
But no more. Enough is enough.
Let’s do this thing. I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.