As I continue to work on clearing the clutter, I noticed that I had a number of unfinished projects laying about my studio. I’m sure I’m not the first artist to develop this notorious habit.
There are pieces of art that I started in a workshop and never finished. A project that cracked during the curing process that I thought I could fix. An idea that seemed good when I started it but it didn’t quite turn out the way I imagined.
I don’t know why I hang-on to these pieces but I do. I hang onto them thinking I’ll finish them someday. In reality they take up valuable table space and I find myself simply moving them from one place to another in my studio.
I suppose I could toss them out. For some reason that isn’t an option I’m able to accept.
As part of my effort to get clear and get through the clutter, I created the Unfinished Business Bucket or UBB. In this bucket I have placed these numerous projects. The bits and pieces and scrum that have laid unfinished, undesired, unwanted.
And to myself I have given a challenge. Once a week, or thereabouts, I will pull a piece from the Unfinished Business Bucket and make a determination: To Finish It, To Re-invent It, or To Dump It.
I don’t expect this to be easy. There must be some pack-rat, can’t waste, I’ll find a use for it someday spirit in my past who causes this to happen.
Whatever it is I want to confront it and use it to my benefit. I look at this as another exercise in creativity. Perhaps by clearing out the old, I can make way for new ideas and inspiration.
Or perhaps I’ll just end up with a really clear, clean studio.