Clear The Clutter and Make More Art
Dear Wonderful, Creative You:
For some of us, it can be hard to make time and space for art making. It’s easier to buy art supplies than to create with them. It’s easier to put the things that need to be dealt with in your art space, than to deal with them.
Some of the issue is not knowing how to organize effectively, but I find a bigger issue is needing to be more intentional about your art space. This is a useful question: Which things in your art space move your art practice forward, and which get in the way of it?
Does all that stuff help you create more?
Do any of these clutter predicaments sound familiar?
There’s no open table space for you to work on.
You have supplies for types of art you never practice.
Supplies that looked enticing in the store intimidate you at home.
You have too many supplies and can’t find the ones you’d like to use.
Your art work is piling up and you have nowhere to put it.
Acquiring more supplies, more art classes, and more material things is a bit of a disease in Western culture. It’s no wonder – we look at little screens all day and we are promised again and again that material things will be the balm that calms the anxiety and unrest inside. And while it helps for a bit, it’s short-lived, and like an addict we go back for more.
I’m inviting you to clear the clutter from your studio, not in service of perfectionism or color-coded book shelves (unless you love that), but in order to make space for an open, wild, creative process. I’m inviting you to an art process that is adventurous, and focused on exploration What makes you curious? What would you like to explore further? What are your what if questions?
Join the Studio Clear Out Challenge July 11 – 15, 2022:
I’m inviting you to pare down to the things that truly move your art practice forward, not the distractions that promised a quick fix.
I could see this much more clearly when the world slowed down in 2020. I could no longer go shopping or buy myself a coffee when I felt uneasy.
Instead I went into the woods. I brought my anxieties to the trees, the stream, and the leaves. They listened. It helped. And I brought these inspirations home to my studio. My art listened. It helped. My art evolved because of the deeper conversation I was having with nature, which created a deeper conversation with my art.
As much as we want to make art, as much as we want to develop our practice and our “voice,” it’s scary. There’s a lot of judgment that might fall down on us – the world’s and our own.
There’s a difference between clutter and things that don’t get in the way of your art process, and a good percolation station. Artist Jenny Phillips creates a new wall of natural inspirations each year and allows it to help direct and influence her work.
I love to let different pieces sit and percolate together, and see how they might influence each other or come together.
My goal is to help you have the deepest, most joyful and fulfilling art practice you can. But I believe having a joyful and productive art process means having respect for your art space; making it sacred and bringing things into it in a purposeful way.
This week we are coming together as a community to do a Studio Clear Out Challenge. Each day I will visit your inbox with a written prompt for a category to thin down and clear out of your studio.
It’s not too late to join us, and we would love to have you. You can sign up here: