I decided to do a bit of advance planning for my quilting, too. I created a spreadsheet populated with projects and target completion dates for the next three months. To be clear, I don't want to get caught up in timelines; I think that might be stifling to creativity and spontaneity. But I've come to realize that I'm very deadline driven when it comes to my art. I'm hoping that a tangible timeline will help me prioritize my creative time around some special family activities we have planned, and help me be more productive in the studio. Aside from the fun of it, I can see a few art benefits from this approach: more time in the studio > the creation of more artwork > my further development as an artist > a stronger and more personal body of artwork that might be suitable to submit to exhibitions.
I'm calling that my summer planning cascade theory.
I've printed out my spreadsheet and put it on a clipboard, along with relevant calls for entry. I've hung it on the design wall in my studio so I'll see it every time I walk into the room and I won't ever have to wonder where I put it. My ironing board faces the design wall so I'll see my timeline every time I iron, whether to smooth out wrinkles on my husband's shirt or to heat set some colors. A gentle, but in-your-face, reminder.
Do you have any plans for your art this summer?