Sunday, October 25, 2009

In the spirit of organizing and cleaning and taking control (yeah right! - like we ever really have control)

When I was home alone last week and weekend, I organized and cleaned to my hearts content. 3 big bags of clothes to Goodwill. Organized closets, redid my (stuffed full) linen closet and used those space bags that compress your stuff to nothing. Went thru shoes, and coats and much much more. It feels so good to complete those tasks - and now I have the basement to tackle. So in the spirit of completion, and organizing I have 1) started up my Etsy shop again and 2) begun completing works in progress.

This was my first watercolor fish picture, and not the best but it has a place in my heart as we all know about me and fish pictures.

Looking at it now, I can see my hesitancy, and fear of losing control. Isn't it interesting what you learn about yourself when you look at something that you have completed? Not only learning new techniques, but seeing your own hesitation, or insecurity or your confidence and security. Anyway, it's a lesson for me - and one that I'm sure I will learn over and over. DH is always telling me to "not worry about ruining a painting" and he is very right. These fish were sitting blomp on a white page, so this morning I threw in the blue waves and I like it much better. And it's "done" - whatever that really means. The next one in process will be better, the colors will work better together and already I can see a freer hand at work.

So - what is the morale of this Sunday am post? Not much I guess - but my own take home message is to minimize (a tiny bit - complete minimization is impossible for me). So...I am going to do a Give Away of embellishments, and some books - which I will list here when I get done with today's basement clean out.

Watch this space! and have a lovely sunday

14 comments:

kj said...

she speaks in a soft voice:

"Is one of those give away books the book on Ms. Em?"

she then takes her leave quietly with a hopeful heart.

xo

Mim said...

AHhh...maybe....maybe not - you never know....

PAK ART said...

I love your fish - I can't see the hesitancy, but then I don't know your heart and thoughts. I can see growth in my art too, although I have a terrible time gettng loose and letting go. Good for you with all the clearing out - I sorely need to do that too and when I do I know I feel better!

Teri C said...

Wow Mim, I think it is beautiful!! I love it.

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

love your fish and the ripples add to it.
Yes I too try to get rid of things. more things seem to come in tho. now If I can control that I will be doing great. lol

Lisa at Greenbow said...

These fishes are very good to be your first. Doesn't it feel great to get "stuff" cleaned out.

sukipoet said...

the water makes it. Good for you for all this cleaning out and giving away. Always a refreshing thing to do.

Lynn said...

Love your brave colorful fish.
Brave tossing out of possessions.
Brave cleaning up the basement.
I stand in line to be put on the list for embellishments/etc/give away. LOL I don't NEED them, but still...might be something really really cool. You never know.

Michele said...

Your post reminded me of exactly how I felt when I used to paint. I dreaded starting a project for fear I'd mess it up. I'm the same way with cake decorating. It's such an awful feeling. I had no idea I could just get over it and move on : ) Perhaps I'll pull my paints out this week.

Renee said...

Mim just checked the shop and it looks great.

You are doing my favourite thing, seriously, cleaning and getting rid of shit.

Love Renee xoxo

soulbrush said...

i would have to fight kj for a book on ms em...that fishie drawing is awesome, totally awesome, how can one person do so much with fish as a subject is beyond me, fab.

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BT said...

Oh I'm next, I'm next Mim!! I'm in line too, after all the others. LOL> Well done for all your sorting and clearing. You said you were too late for my give away but you're not, it's open until 2nd November, so go to my 20th October post and leave a comment and you'll be in the drawer for a raggy bag. Go now. Go on. lol.
I love your fish and the blue sea is just an excellent addition.
xxxx

Baino said...

Now you've guilted me into cleaning out at least my bathroom cupboard. I wish I had a basement! I'd hide everything down there!