This is the time of year when it typically feels like all non-holiday-related commerce goes into some semblance of hibernation. There's a perceptible relaxation, if not a pause - unless you're, say, a UPS driver or a United Airlines pilot, one hopes - in anything work-related while the country's collective attention turns homeward.

Personally, that's where I've been for some time, as related in an earlier post. There are seasons when house and home matters dominate my consciousness, and relegate working on anything new in the studio to a more subservient status. Thank goodness. Because while in general I agree with the Chuck Close adage that inspiration is for amateurs and the rest of us just show up and get to work, I think there are times, especially for those involved in creative endeavors, and especially-especially those whose work is heavily reliant on physical exertion (as well as mental, etc.), that entail an almost superhuman effort to achieve. And other times when one can let down a bit - when one knows they'd be rowing against the tide if they tried to sustain the kind of focus, blood, sweat, and tears that are necessary during "peak intensity" periods.

For me, such moments of peak intensity, of feeling like I'm running on all cylinders, always coincide with specific projects, for instance, an impending exhibition (with set dates). And thank goodness yet again that the "wind in my sails" that attends such periods isn't miswired; that my ability to wake early and work late, to put in weeks of 100+ hours, if necessary, in the studio, doesn't fire up during the fallow periods or remain dormant when I need it most.

We all need down time. Perhaps professional athletes are the best example for the necessity of peak and valley periods in terms of physical effort. Life itself provides a plethora of similar cyclical examples, from the bell-shaped curve, more or less, of one's work career in macro down to the inhalation and exhalation of one's breath. Contraction of muscles and passivity. Binge and purge. Focus and forget.

I forget why I began this post, other than to say that my focus continues to be on non-studio build project matters, let alone studio matters. And that's quite alright: tis the season.

That being said, today I hope to spend at least some of my day concentrating on a "wish list" for the new studio. Till now, I've really only spent a modicum of time throwing together a rather bare-bones, generic design on Sketchup, mainly to visualize the studio space in relation to the property as a whole. Tomorrow I'll be meeting with John and his work partner Phil, of Prospect Builders, who are heading up the conceptual design. Given the limitations of the budget, I hope to have a prioritized list to help determine what we can "binge" on and what needs to be "purged".

Speaking of binging and purging and visualizing and work spaces, first things first: visualizing an organized desk!


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