Dendrochronology refers to the scientific method of dating wood, using the presence of tree rings.It is the best dating method available for panel paintings.

Photo by Iliana Kanellopoulou featured by Curated By Girls So you’ve made the jump and moved to one of the creative epicenters of our world – whether it be London, Paris, Berlin, New York or Milan, there is one thing you should know: you are in danger.

Artists are prowling the streets, smoking rollies on the corners of every semi-gentrified emigrant neighborhood; they smell like broken showers, cheap powdered laundry soap and soaked beans (an affliction that comes from living with seven vegan roommates). You’ve found him: a Carhartt-wearing Jesus with a paintbrush and you’ve made a date (he canceled three times, reason: artist problems).

In his experience, the most difficult part of dating an artist is the artist’s “schedules and emotional level.” According to Jake, “it’s a nonstop carnival ride” and “a very passionate love affair at first but at the same time we need to be understood and loved in our deepest of silences.” Writing is my life. Another critical question I asked Jake was whether or not he would be willing to put his career on hold if he met someone that he was very into or, ultimately, would his craft come first? He is a talented filmmaker and has already made great strides in his field.

His reply was” “My craft would ultimately come first, there would be exceptions but for the most part, no, we have our whole lives to date. It is completely valid for him to not want to put his dreams on hold or compromise the work for just any person. As cliché as the saying “there are plenty of fish in the sea” is, it’s true.

They care about improving their skills and constantly bettering their art. Your date is creating something-out-of-nothing for a living.

They don’t need constant stimulation from people all day to be creative — but will appreciate date night at the end of a quiet day at the studio.

There is a reason why artists stay single and it is because their craft is everything to them and it takes an extraordinary person to make them want to give up their art for.

It also takes someone with infinite patience, compassion, and who makes an effort to understand the creative wirings of your brain.

While there is certainly a token of truth to these stereotypes, there are also many misrepresentations of the mindset of an artist in terms of their attitude in relationships.

Upon interviewing my one of my best friends Jake Neuman, a film student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he told me that he has had his fair share of struggles in terms of finding a romantic partner or even going on dates with someone he is interested in. It gives me an escape from the tumultuous world we live in. I will always make my artistic career a top priority and it takes a truly incredible fellow to change that and make me even try to compromise my work or dreams of making it big. I have goals and plans, and those who truly love you will support you in the end and, in turn, you’ll support them.” Some may view this as a harsh reply but, to be honest, there’s so much truth in Jake’s response.

Unfortunately, dendrochronology has many practical limitations. The way that the panels have been cut has a large impact on the ability to see and interpret tree rings.