TEN PERCENT

That’s right. Ten percent of my working life as an artist is spent painting. Is it because I’m a dilettante? No. It’s because the business of being an artist is voracious for my time.

It’s a business. I have to file taxes. I have to keep books. I have to store ridiculous amounts of paper to prove that what I spent is what I spent, and that paper must go in files.

Files! I have to file my artwork. First I have to make an inventory: on Excel; on the work itself. Title; inventory number; medium; date; copyright notice; size (live with it, I’m only doing the inches – you do the conversion). Oh yes, PRICE.

Price. That reminds me, I have to work at sales. In this age of wonderful opportunity I am beholden to no gallery owner, but that means I own my own gallery on the Internet. Someone else built my custom management system; I have to maintain it. So people can buy what’s current.

And then I can do order fulfillment.

So. I’ll paint tomorrow.

At least I can keep a sketchbook, so I can draw on the train, on the way to the shrink, to discuss my feelings about TEN PERCENT.

Have a sketch:

from my sketchbook, while riding the no. 2 line

A moment of peace amidst the clatter

Derwent 9B Pencil on 1/2 of an A4 Moleskine Notebook page / September 2010

I knew you were curious because I said “the second Phoenix…”

From my sketchbook. A Moleskine A4. It’s rare that I don’t use 100% rag paper, but I roll with the times. The conservators will have to figure it out.

pencil drawing from Jonathan Herbert sketchbook of Phoenix Rising from Embers

It just popped out of me on the 2 train...

I knew you were curious because I said "the second Phoenix…"

From my sketchbook. A Moleskine A4. It’s rare that I don’t use 100% rag paper, but I roll with the times. The conservators will have to figure it out.

pencil drawing from Jonathan Herbert sketchbook of Phoenix Rising from Embers

It just popped out of me on the 2 train...

Naked Girl

KSS 9d53 14″ x 11″ pencil on paper

Naked Girl

RL 9d75 9″ x 12″ pencil on paper

Naked Girl

AS 9d33 18″ x 14″ pencil on paper

Naked Girl

SS 9d84 9″ x 6″ pencil on paper