Every year right after Christmas, we get in the mood to have a blast of a clean out. Maybe it's the extra stuff coming into the house, albeit we mostly exchange books and promises for nights out and small items. Maybe it's something about a new year and sweeping clean - who knows.
We had a lovely Christmas day with our wonderful nephews and family - and I worked on Monday and Wednesday, so it was by necessity an early night. Tuesday night we started discussing my studio and how to rearrange and streamline that and came up with a few good ideas. Of course, I popped right onto the idea, which also involves moving my desktop computer to the downstairs so that I can do computer art work right in the same space. And..I didn't want to spend any money rearranging and streamlining.
The first step is a difficult one - and that's to decide who you are as an artist. (as a person also I guess). I've tried just about every type of medium, and know what works for me and what doesn't. So, I started purging. Tons of stuff to goodwill, things that I worked with when I started this art journey - was it only 5 years ago? I'm not a mixed media artist - I'm just not. I admire people who can do layers, and add embellishments but my stuff always looks amateurish, so I'm giving it all up. Off to a Goodwill store that loves crafty stuff. Most all of my stamps to be given away, and inks, and pictures. I'm focusing on comics and watercolors for now. I didn't give away pastels, or acrylics cause those might come in handy. Two giant bags to goodwill, and more to give to a friend who might want them. Tons of rearranging my studio and no money spent. It also took me 2 days to do it all, and there were a few moments of despair when everything was out of the cupboards and chaos reigned. But it all got sorted out.
I love doing this type of cleaning, it's more of a cleansing really. A new year ahead, new challenges, new ideas. I have some new goals, and am looking forward to new classes in art.
I wish everyone a wonderful new year, with hope and peace for the world. I am still praying for those poor families in Newtown - I can't imagine what Christmas was like for them this year.
Happy New Year to you all!!