I have a second studio in Colorado in a tiny attic space. The wall heights go from 12″ at the edges to 7′ tall at the peak and I spend at lot of time ducking to prevent bumping my head on the ceiling. Brimming over with art materials, canvases, art magazines and more, the space was so cluttered that my mind felt cluttered when working in the space too. I had a hard time focusing in the tight space and I couldn’t find things when I needed them. It was time for the BIG PURGE!
Among the items I tossed out over thirty paintings made during my MFA studies. My work has improved over the past several years and I felt it was time to let go of these older student works. I found it liberating to clear out the old and make room in the space to create new work. Below is a picture of most of these paintings. What experiences have you had with cleaning out stuff to make room for new opportunities?