And a clutter free studio so I can get back to work on this piece.
It isn’t easy to achieve the feeling, but it is what I strive for when I’m painting. My current work is abstract, both paintings and collages. Every now and then I think I shouldn’t be veering off in that direction, I should stick to the realistic watercolor paintings that I know I’ve had success with. That is especially true when someone tells me they don’t like something about a current painting. Even if that same person really likes some of my new work – just not that one. But my studio has become so cluttered it was difficult to work.
It was time to do a serious sort and purge. I began to pull boxes off the shelf and empty them onto my already cluttered worktable. As I pull boxes out to go through them I realized that much of the stuff that is just taking up space says perhaps my work is actually going in the right direction.
I have boxes full of papers and paintings that didn’t work. The blue one shown below is part of a watercolor painting, the only part I liked. The house is a painting that didn’t work but I love the soft colors that just happened on the back.
Which also made me realize that I need to see things I’ve been keeping or it just isn’t there. Now any boxes that were randomly covered with colorful bits of paper, probably when my 42-year-old son was still in college, have been replaced by plastic bins that I can see into.
Having started this project I decided I had to set myself a deadline and stick to it. An exhibit opening at the Gallery Uptown in July is one that I’m hosting and participating in. I need to get some work done! June 1st was my deadline and as of the morning of May 31 I did it.
When I started emptying drawers, shelves and boxes every surface in my studio looked like this
And you couldn’t open this door; good thing there was another way in.
And now the surfaces are clear, our large recycle bin has been filled twice and three large garbage bags have gone to the curb. I posted a video of the clear space over on Instagram if you're interested, here's a link. It feels so good to go in there, I took a day to just enjoy it. Now it’s time to make some new art!