2.22.22, twoday, my day in the studio; I am starting  on the more daunting project of documenting art from the 1980’s and 1990’s. To back up, I want to talk a bit more about one of the tasks that most people don’t know about in an artist’s studio duties; the inventory. You gotta be in the mood to update your inventory ledgers going backwards from now to 1968, which I was last weekend.

Working on handwritten records 2001-2022 in the studio

Working on handwritten records 2001-2022 in the studio

This project is a part of a larger one, to organize my estate. Under the category of “How I Run My Business Manual”, I was advised to digitize my inventory. It’s always been easier for me to keep ledgers in pencil, so I can erase location of work, revise prices etc., because I got into the digital game later in life shall we say. However, I have begun that task with Artwork Archive.

Realizing, I can probably never add everything before my expiration date, I decided to make the pencil ledgers as accurate as I can and photograph them into a PDF. It was such an amazing review that yielded a 52 page document of 2,151 works of art from 2001-2022. Now at least I have a complete record in case I lose the original notebook.

The batch I was working on goes back to 2001. I was making good time because I’ve been a pretty good record keeper since that time. It’s not so bad once you get going and are motivated. One thing I did that was fun was to go back and put a red dot on all the many sold pieces. And it’s fun rediscovering art that had been forgotten.

My records from 1968-2001 are less organized. 1968-1983 records are in three smaller notebooks, mostly a tally of works sold. I have no idea how many I created in that time. Apparently too many to have time to make note.
The records from from 1983-1999, when I lived in Boulder, exist only in slide sheets. Twenty nine sheets of them. At 20 per page, that’s 580 works of art to track. Luckily I have titles, sizes, owner names (but not dates) on most of the slides. We used to have to type that data on tiny labels to adhere to the slides.
I woke up this morning, 2.22.22, thinking how I would tackle this segment would be to put them chronologically as best I can remember, add any other data I can remember on them with a sharpie, then photograph the sheet against a window.

Since I am writing this blog and NOT being so motivated to start that, we could call this procrastination because I want to make a post on this auspicious day. I can always add an addendum later.

Working on handwritten records page one, 2001, lots of red dots

Working on handwritten records page one, 2001, lots of red dots

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