Ugh. My bum still aches from sitting ten hours in front of this computer yesterday, sifting through numerous digital locations for my scanned images. My desk is sitting squarely in a hole I dug myself and I’m cleaning up a couple of years or more of haphazard digital filing.
Yesterday’s marathon file system cleanup was brought about by the need for one file, one single image out of hundreds – probably thousands. And I haven’t found it yet.
So, the hunt continues and I just might throw in the towel and re-scan the work; I have that luxury in this case, but what if I didn’t? This is where my diligence is kicking in and I know that in order to sit in this chair less and paint more, I must get my digital ducks in a row.
There’s a book called “I’d Rather Be in the Studio“* – it’s a good one, and goodness knows that title is how I feel of late. So, dear friends, don’t let your files get to a chaotic state. If you produce a lot of work (and I’m guilty of stacks of finished work no one has ever even seen), then you owe it to yourself to spend a day, or even a few hours, planning and implementing a digital file system that makes sense.
* I think the next edition is only available through the author, but you can click on Kindle edition from that link above if you want it as an ebook.