Journal page 17…
A quiet weekend.
Today begins a new week.
I have an idea for a biggish canvas that I want to work on, but first I need to clear space in my studio.
I have been sorting through the stuff that is in there – trying to be aware of what actually contributes to art-making and what is there to simply make me feel like I am an artist. This process is a lot harder than one might think. I still struggle with saying that I am an artist. I used to just say that I made stuff. So, I’m making progress in that respect.
Anyhow, getting rid of stuff that I don’t need is a good thing. It makes room for what I really need, and clarifies and simplifies the process of making art for me. A studio that is functional is better than a room that looks like a studio in a magazine spread…not that I actually achieved that look, but I kept trying.
Still, parting with stuff that I might need for a future, hypothetical project is difficult.
And that difficulty applies to all areas of my home, not just the studio.
So, today we are redoing the Konmari method for the whole house.
Not the whole house today, of course.
Today is clothing.
I don’t anticipate that there will be a lot to get rid of, but who knows…
Until tomorrow –