Art hoarding, what’s your attitude? Does it matter?

Things are happening in preparation for moving into the new studio.

It must be Spring! An almost uncontrollable urge to clean out stuff has arisen. Yes, including art gear, which really shouldn’t count as hoarding anyway!

I had a cleansing art bonfire last year and it felt so good. All that art isn’t cluttering my mind or my space any more. That same feeling is back again.

As mentioned in the last Studio News, I’ve donated some paintings and also shunted a lot of old ones in various directions…..to the collage box, the reuse box, the inspiration folder or storage (not hoarding!).

Looking at the reuse box (below), there’s plenty of spare paper.

Anything that illustrates my art journey or that I can’t part with is being safely stored away.

There’s a difference between old work that tells your art story and the stuff that’s cramping your development. As far as art story goes, it’s pretty easy to pick which pieces best illustrate various artistic reincarnations.

Cramping your future art is another thing entirely. In the past all my art was stored away … incase! Incase what? No idea really! They were precious back then.

Hoarding served both a positive and negative purpose. As a member of a local art cooperative for two years, customers were buying older watercolour paintings. That was great, but it caused me to become stuck and stagnant artwise. Everything was adapted in order to get sales. The desire to venture into abstraction was put on hold. In retrospect it was the wrong decision. Lesson learned.

Current Art

Lately, there’s been more thinking going on than action being taken. Collaged pieces that were sanded back are moving along nicely though.

(Stage two (stage one is shown in Moving Along))

All the sorting out, freeing up and the anticipation of moving into the new studio has me wondering and thinking about what might be coming up next.

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