I’ve spent the past couple of weeks going through everything in my studio and clearing out what I no longer need. It’s sobering. How did I accumulate so much stuff? Some of it I don’t even remember buying.
What is UV Top Coat, and what did I buy it for? How does it differ from UV varnish? And why do I have an entire box of Staedtler 9B pencils? I don’t even use 9B pencils. 6B is as soft as I go.
Clearing stuff out is emotional. There’s a feeling of grief and loss that goes along with it for me. So many projects that I had high hopes for but that didn’t work out. But that’s part of being an artist. I try a lot of different things, many of which don’t make the cut.
The good part of clearing is the feeling of a fresh start without any clutter. I like the new feeling of spaciousness, except for the pile of stuff in the middle of the room that needs a new home. I really like giving things away to others who can use this stuff. That makes me feel happy!
The rest of the studio feels open, airy, organized and clean — ready for me to get back to work.
I’m letting go of the past and it’s time to move on. New year, new day!
What are you letting go of this year? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,
Painting at top: “Orange Blossom,” 20 x 20 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas