I am a big believer that your personal space can affect your mood. Take a look – around you..Do you like what you see? Do you feel inspired? Does the immediate space around you feel like “you”? Would the space you are in right now, reflect you, if you were to take a photo of you sitting there right now? My wish is that when someone came into my studio – my space – they know it is my space (that it defines me) and they feel me in it…they also feel welcome in the space and personally inspired.
I looked at my studio/shed recently and knew the reason why I had not painted for 3 months wasn’t only all about stuff happening on the home front. Or perhaps more accurately, what was going on in my personal life was definitely reflected in my physical space. How could I be creative, inspired, motivated when the very space I rely on to do that, “my space” was so full of junk and crap that could hardly sit down.
So, I am a woman on a mission. A “clear out, clean up, sort out my studio” kind of mission.Now, the problem is that I am a bit of a collector of things that I might need “just in case”, especially for mixed media art – you never know what you may need, or be inspired by…so I am a bit of a hoarder of bits of paper and “finds” from the beach, street, second-hand shops, etc…etc…but, this really is a joke. There was crap everywhere!!! And instead of feeling inspired, I felt overwhelmed and flat, and did not want to go into my space. So, in the spirit of the new year and a new start, a massive effort started last night that I AM finishing it tonight.
Already progress is good. i haven’t actually thrown out so much yet, but sorted, filed, made order, rearranged, culled, shifted some bookcase and boxes,and now where there was chaos…it looks better already.
By tomorrow it will look like a new space again. New but old, familiar, quirky, arty and inspiring and, importantly, ready for the next step on my journey.
If you feel how I did when I stopped and really “looked” at my creative space, then maybe its time for a new look at your creative space too? Sometimes old and familiar is good, buts sometimes it stifles creativity and overwhelms…Let me know how you get on. Me….I better get onto it….