Inspired by...a fresh, new, clean slate.

Still trying to finish up artwork from my big stack of neglected, unfinished, uninspiring pile of art. January ~ a fresh, new clean slate ~ is fast approaching. I need to de-clutter! [caption id="attachment_1384" align="aligncenter" width="800" caption="patiently waiting...."]art studio, unfinished canvas, mental clutter[/caption] I am surrounded by needy canvas, way too far gone to be able to just discard and paint over. They need some love and attention. [caption id="attachment_1385" align="aligncenter" width="685" caption="also patiently waiting...."]art studio, unfinished canvas[/caption] I will be the first to admit that I am guilty of sometimes quitting before I have put the required time, energy and effort into my work.I understand that every piece goes through a stage of awkwardness. I also realize I am supposed to step away and approach my work with fresh eyes.  My problem lies in that I usually come up with another idea or technique I want to try out on the new before the old is complete. I just love the beginning stages...new, fresh, interesting,exciting,endless possibility... I love this stage. I love the beginning splatter of paint. I love not knowing... Unfortunately,before I know it, my youthful exuberance has taken over and I am on to my next project... out with the old, in with the new. It's a very bad habit. It backfires on me every time because, oddly enough, I feel a wee bit guilty surrounded by all of this unfinished business. [caption id="attachment_1386" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="more unfinished art work...."]art paper,[/caption] Do you believe clutter, mental clutter hampers your creativity? I do. [caption id="attachment_1388" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="my mother would be so disappointed...."]art studio[/caption] How is one suppose to get anything done surrounded by all this clutter...its dangerous too. Glue, scissors, sharp needles, a thumb tack or two and usually a big, black hairy dog lying amidst it all. I feel a New Year resolution coming on.... My new approach is slowly forming. I am going to take all of these "old" pieces and experiment. Try new techniques. Be bold. Add collaged elements. Add hits of unexpected color. It may work... It may not. Fingers crossed for lots of happy accidents! Hope everyone is enjoying this crazy month!

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