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J. M. W. Turner Revisited

December 30, 2009

Time to pause and reflect and consider…

Time is short for me as I prepare to hang my 30 birds (see yesterday's post). But it's the end of the year (almost) and I have always found this a great time for reflection. I would like to call your attention to my post from December 22, 2008—Productivity: J. M. W. Turner.

I invite you to re-read (or read, if you're a new visitor to my blog) this piece which I originally shared on a list of my students in 2007. I think it will help remind you what it means to be productive, what it means to dive into your passion, what it means to work.

As you move into 2010 make it a WWTD (What Would Turner Do) year and find a way to balance process and productivity in your own life. Don't make resolutions you can't or won't keep. Take time to assess what your goals are and make a plan of action! Every goal can be broken down into component parts and those parts spread through your life in manageable bits—but only if you take some time to manage it.

While you are taking stock of your goals you might also look at Malcolm Gladwell's book, "Outliers: The Story of Success. Like the other successful individuals in Gladwell's book, Turner is a perfect example of 10,000 hours to mastery. Don't gulp, just get busy working.

    • carol
    • December 30, 2009
    Reply

    I didn’t see the Turner posting last year, so THANK YOU for posting it now – SO timely. Seems that television used to be the timekiller of productive creativity. Now it’s twittering (without painting the bird, texting (without context) and web surfing (without the water). GOOD REMINDER of what it is we really want to do.

    • Roz
    • December 30, 2009
    Reply

    carol, I know a lot of people don’t keep track of where their time goes and don’t know why they don’t get anything done. I can always point exactly to where the time went (because I’m a bit obsessive about keeping track) and know where to tweak it. I think it is always good to remind ourselves of this, so that we can find new ways to get our work done! I’m glad it was helpful. Turner is so immensely inspiring to me (as is Dickens). I want to jump up and paint right now! (And I’m going to.) Hope you have a year full of getting to what’s important in your life.

    (And Television has never been a time killer for me—I love it—but then I can sit and bead and of course sketch! It bothers some of my friends that I love TV, but I think it’s great. I’m less thrilled about all the computer social networking things—perhaps because I work on the computer all day)

  1. Reply

    While I read your blog regularly now, I wasn’t reading last year, so I appreciate your reference to last year’s Turner post – it was very interesting.

    • Gwen
    • January 1, 2010
    Reply

    Thank you for the repost. I have had the pleasure of seeing Turner’s ‘Slave Ship’ many years ago. I still remember how beautiful and how horrible the painting was to look at. I read quite a bit of Ruskin in graduate school; but feel like I missed out on exploring more of Turner’s work. Happy New Year!

    • Roz
    • January 1, 2010
    Reply

    Well Gwen, the great thing about Turner is that he is revered so his work is around for us all to discover. I hope you get to see some more pieces in person. They really are amazing. There was a mackerel sketch in watercolor in a drawing exhibit up here that made me cry!

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