Why did I reach that decision?
Because I really don't need a reminder of how long it takes me to get things done. This was illustrated beautifully for me yesterday when I decided to bury my quilting threads on a new small chair piece I worked on. Before I got started, I had gone through a mental checklist of what I might want to do better on my chair pieces. One of the things that came to mind was trying to clean up some of the thread bulk created in the stops and stops inherent in sketching a chair. Burying the threads seemed like a way to achieve my desired results. Out of curiosity, I looked at the clock to see how long it took me to get from this
to this (threads buried carefully enough that you can't see them in the open space when held to the light).
I like the neatness of the final sketch, but it took me an alarmingly long time to get it all done. I'd spent a good amount of time on this piece just sketching and burying, and I wasn't close to finished, leading me to the following questions: Do I really want to know how many hours I spend on a piece? Do I really want to work out the price per hour? Do I really want to worry about the time expended, if it's the right thing to do?
For me, at this point in my artistic journey, I've decided the answer is "no". I don't want my joy of being in the studio diminished by an hourly tally. I want to feel that all my time is well spent, regardless of how much I tangibly get done. I want to thrill in getting done what I can, to the best of my ability. I want to ask, "Was it worth it?" about experiments in my studio, not the time spent there.