Letting Go...

“I demolish my bridges behind me…then there is no choice but to move forward.”
– Fridtjof Nansen

This past weekend my Bob and I decided to go ahead with my closet remodel. It has been weighing me down for some time to have all of this extra stuff around, taking up precious space… I feel déjà vu … maybe i did a post at another time about this very thing.

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Any hoo.

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We all have watched, heard of, stood next to someone watching or talking about, The Magic of Tidying Up gal wonder that is Marie Kondo. Before this magic, however I had been considering for (ahem, cough cough, years) some time the idyllic wonder of just starting over. What would happen if I piled all of my artwork into bin, and shut it up in my garage? Or, gasp, threw it in the bin!!

—-- nothing would happen… except possibly some tears, regret and then maybe even a nice big sigh of relief!

Some times my work feels sentient, it holds this person hood type space in my studio… each painting represents; money, time, energy, lessons, money, frustration— all the feelings, you name it, they will be there. Like a person, a friend from high school you rarely speak to any more, they linger in your closet (on your hidden Facebook friends/acquaintance list) and sit in wait. They will jump out to comment on your current work to say, but hey what about me? I didn’t sell… so you are probably not going to sell that either!

—- Yikes.

And so they sit… piles of paintings and mistakes and what ifs that are sometimes really great work!

What to do? Well, I won’t tell you what to do, I am not a guru… or an expert. I am here in the trenches with you baby.

However—— here is my plan. I have 3 piles :

  • work i love, I know this work fits with what I am currently producing and/or I know its fantastic… it just hasn’t found the right buyer.

  • the maybes. maybe i should give that away, or just toss it- maybe ill put an expiration on these to check back in with them in 2 weeks. maybe ill give them away to everyone who purchases another painting… buy one get one ?

  • i haven’t painted work like this in a long while. i keep moving the stacks around and each time i heave a giant sigh. time to let go.

So this is my plan! The maybe’s will go on sale next month during my Happy Birthday to me (and you) April sale. I will have lots of landscapes, owls and what not.

 
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some photos of the studio closet