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Having completed my first week of concentrated efforts on my artistic endeavors I have a few thoughts and reflections that I'd like to share.
First off, I'm having a great time. It is so fulfilling to be able to create all day and not have to worry about squeezing it in between other household needs and obligations. I have been following a regular schedule of writing in the morning and working on this website and related pieces in the afternoon. At some point I expect to work less on the site and more on painting and photography, but as this is my first website so I'm learning as I go. I had no assets ready nor do I have the experience to know how all of the pieces fit together, so there has been a learning curve. I am grateful to my friend Johnny for being a huge help in answering my questions.
While I am enjoying getting work done, I have figured out a few things. One, there will be good writing days and bad writing days. While we all know this, it is good to reflect on especially when slogging through a difficult writing session. Two, more personally, I cannot lock myself in my office or studio for huge blocks of time without other human interaction. I like working alone and getting things accomplished without distraction, however I am an extrovert at heart and require some outside interaction now and then. This week I have not gotten much of that and I can feel myself getting a little cabin feverish. I will have to schedule some time to get out in the world as the weeks progress. Third and final observation - this one quite a bit more whimsical - birds are fascinating creatures. My office window is at turf level and looks out at a grass-point-of-view. From my window I can see the birds flying and hopping around my lawn. This perspective in far more interesting than a normal view from up above.
Well, it has been an exciting and educational week. I look forward to learning more, doing more, and posting more in the near future.
Thanks for reading.
The First Blog Entry of My Renaissance
Yesterday, I was a Production Manager. Today, I am a Renaissance Man. Today is the day that I begin my experiment of ramped-up creative action. I am putting forth dedicated and concentrated action towards writing, painting, and photography.
Perhaps a little explanation is in order. You see, generally, I am a practical man. I come from a practical family. I have done the practical things one is supposed to do in life in the modern age (got degrees, had a "back up" plan, worked unfulfilling jobs). However, I've always had a creative (some may read: impractical) side that just wanted me to express myself and how I view the world. That side has always received the short end of the deal. I am embarking on this, "my renaissance" project, to try and redress that imbalance.
My plan is to put forth concentrated efforts towards my mediums of choice, in specific ways, with specific goals (see above about practicality), to generate meaningful outcomes. During the coming months I intend to finish the manuscript of my first novel, create at least 12 new works (as well as cataloging my existing works), and complete a new photo project. More details about all of these project will be revealed over the coming weeks and months. I hope you'll check them out.
In a hurry is no way to enjoy tea. - Matt Kopf
Matthew is an author, artist, and a photographer with other experience including management, law, sales, and teaching. (He likes to keep busy)