On several occasions I have written about my goofy calendar habits. In the first case–The Offhand Thing, in 2009–I reflected on the unselfconsciously-made items that tell us much about our abilities and inclinations–as a way of explaining my adaptive response to disliking standardized pre-printed calendars. (Let us not discuss digital ones, though yes, I am aware that Google docs, Doodle polls and the like are handy for scheduling. But I have to mark a surface for it to count.)
Subsequently I documented the odd pages from 2012.
Today, on the cusp of December, I'm reflecting on these procedures, now seven or eight years in. It's as if that time does not exist until I chart it in advance. It makes me weirdly anxious when I'm two or three weeks from running out of plotted days in my book. I often schedule things further ahead than that, so events can hang in prescheduled time, scribbled in margins, in limbo. Vexing.
Charting weeks takes some time, especially as I've tended to rely on brushes as drawing tools over the past few years. Even when laid down in speedy gouache, painted lines take time to dry. So getting six weeks' or two months' time down in the calendar can take a chunk of a day. It seems nutty when I think about it, but it has come to seem necessary to do it this way.
Typically at the beginning of the year I spend one whole day getting as far into the calendar as I possibly can; typically I make it to May or so, then I look for time in coming months to whack out more time. Several weeks ago I got dangerously close to operating in non-time. So on a recent Tuesday afternoon I banged out the last six weeks of the year.
Some weeks end up going pretty abstract. Others rely on clear images.
Weeks in December lend themselves to thematic treatments. I had some fun with working up a Christmas treatment for Dec. 14-20. (When I created the series of elements I was thinking about a Ladies Home Journal cover by Al Parker from December 1946.)
I went for the sentimental landscape for Christmas Week.
I bought my 2015 calendar book in mid-November, which is a first. I hope to get a start on it soon.