A couple of weeks ago I mentioned how good it felt to clean out my studio after weeks of diligent painting and preparation for exhibits. Leftover piles from dozens of projects threatened to put me in contention for a television episode of "Hoarders". As I cleaned up from weeks of creative focus, it felt good to release old clutter that acted like a snag, clogging the flow of fresh ideas with piles of "almost, some day" projects.
This week, it was a lovely feeling standing before an empty canvas, fresh piles of paint lined up neatly on my bright and shiny palette.
Diving in bravely to a 30 x 40 canvas, I'll to share with you the nearly-finished results of this effort.
Copyright 2011 the Artist, As Yet Untitled, oil on canvas
I can see a few small changes I'll make this week, nothing major, but small tweaks that will bring the painting to completion.
It's a project that's been on my mind for quite awhile. It took a good cleaning of my studio to open up those neural pathways that allowed the concept to form clearly in my mind. And when it did, my palette and taboret were organized and ready to go, offering exactly what I was looking for when I needed it.
How do you get unstuck? Are there practices that you use to clear out the junk so that new art can be created?