Thank you, that was very well written. I adhere to the same 6 monthish decluttering rule he spoke of in my life and home but the office/studio is always the last to benefit from this way of life.
I had read from Carol Marine of her parties where they burn or rid themselves of some not as successful art and I found it so freeing myself when I did the same. Where I have not been so successful, TO THIS DAY!, is something else this article you cited mentions “We don’t start a painting and come back to it weeks later…” I do know that it hinders me greatly to start pieces and not finish them because of life calling. It clutters up the studio and my brain.
Even though I am a goal oriented person, I’m creative (as we all are!), and find that I chase down an idea exploring something and get interrupted from life calling or running out of time or energy, (illness that plagues me), I forget where I was going with that, and it results in a lot of unfinished projects. It’s not that I lose interest, but that I lose my direction. I do best when I paint ‘in the mood’ of subject or medium. I know I have to be well rested and feel good to be at my best creatively. I liken to to a novel writer who gets interrupted when the words are flowing and the whole idea is lost and he throw’s the typewriter out the window!
What’s the solution? More self discipline. Take better notes, be more organized in every way so that I can move more freely in that organized studio & brain. Sometimes I have to shut out some ideas to chase down one. In theory, I should be able to pick up where I left off more easily right? Don’t give in to all of my impulses and stick to one media for a while too. Yeah, that might be the ticket! I do know that when I focus more, I get more out of myself. I’m getting better at that.
I’m just sharing not to go on about me me me, but so that someone else reading may glean a help or two like I did from so many.