This week take amother sneak peek In the studio with Michael Hayes. I met Michael Contemporary Charleston Painter at one of our local galleries, Fabulon. Prior to that Michael and I had met at other Charleston art events and our local Artist And Craftsman. Michael recently invited me to interview him in his home (converted garage) studio. *These photos are not styled so this is typical of what his working studio looks like on an average day.
In the Studio with Michael Hayes-Part II (see part I here)
HKPS::How many projects are you usually working on at once? Is this due to space constraints, creative process, organizing or other influences?
Michael:: I have anywhere from 5 to 10 paintings going at once, of all different sizes. This is not due to any constraints necessarily, but I feel I work best when I can bounce between many different works. This is also helpful since I use oil and the layers need some time to dry completely.
HKPS:: Do you ever find it challenging to locate certain things when you’re ready use them? How so?
Michael:: I used to, but now I try to give everything a home so I can find it right away.
HKPS:: How do you store tools and materials you use frequently to make your process easier?
Michael:: I keep them out on the table so I can grab whatever I need quickly.
HKPS:: How or did you learn your organizing habits and systems?
Michael:: Trial and error, art school, talking to other painters, etc.
HKPS::Do you purge, clean or de-clutter your supply stash and space on a regular basis?
Michael:: I try to give the studio a good cleaning every couple of days – clean my palette and brushes, sweep, empty the trash, organize my pigments, etc.
HKPS:: What tips can you offer regarding your use of schedules, systems, tools or processes that help you maintain organization in your studio?
Michael:: One thing that has been helpful for me is to have all of my paint colors laid out chromatically on the table so that when I’m working I can quickly see what all of my options are.
HKPS:: Do you use sticky notes, make lists, etc? How or where?
Michael:: I keep a running list of materials that I need as I run out of them so that when I run down A&C I know what I need to get.
HKPS:: Do you think your creative success and or your process is helped or constricted by discipline?
Michael:: I would say helped, to the extent that I have disciplined myself to make painting a priority in my life.
HKPS:: Do you create limitations to your schedule, material use etc. in your process?
Michael:: Not really, although I have considered putting limits on how many times I go back and work on a painting.
HKPS:: Do you find that limitations or boundaries help fuel your creativity?
Michael:: For now, I try to limit myself to only using oil paint instead of branching out into other mediums. I think this is helpful because, for example, if I see a drawing that I like and it makes me want to use charcoal or something, I try to think of a way to get the same sort of effect or experience with painting. In this way, it pushes me to experiment with paint in ways that I may not have before.
HKPS:: Do you have any upcoming shows or workshops? Where can readers find out more about you and your work?
Michael:: I have a potential solo show coming up this fall and another in the summer of 2018. More info on those can be found on my website and Instagram account when things become finalized. Other than that, I am always happy to talk about my paintings with whoever is interested.
*The idea for the Inside the Artist Studio series began while attending an art retreat where I curiously observed the differences in the creative cycle of order and chaos and what that looks like for different individuals. I’m very interested in sharing how organizing affects the artist’s creative process. Some systems and order are vital to our creative PLAY and learning to find a balance that works to enhance your creativity is what I hope to share with you through these interviews.
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