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Clearing the Clutter

So many projects can go by the wayside insidiously, especially when many projects are on the go all at the same time.

I have been trying to finish several paintings which were on the verge of being finished some time ago. Sometimes, an opportunity arising out of the blue, when you least expect it, such as what happened to me this week, can be the catalyst to clearing out the clutter.

“Unfinished paintings, can have the same effect on the mind as other forms of clutter”, to quote an artist friend of mine. Only, with unfinished paintings, your creativity can be arrested, unable to flow through the clogged arteries which lead to the easel. It creates a block between the artist and their creativity, creating all sorts of misery.

Then why not just do it? Clearing clutter is not just a physical act. It is a symbolic act, of being willing to let go of the past, and move forward, allowing new opportunities to flow in, leaving behind that which is unnecessary.

So what is stopping us? I say it is fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of change, fear of finding out who we really are, fear of walking the tightrope without a net, fear that the hoop we may have to jump through will be too small, fear of failure, fear of success . . . the list is too long to name all the fears that can grip us.

The only way to overcome this in my life, I have decided, is to ready my mind for the journey, take a deep breath and dive in, attempting to lighten my load.

Tired of staying stuck, I must find a way to overcome all that has been preventing me from being the creative loving person that I know I was meant to be.

This said, I hope to have some new paintings very soon to post here . . . they are almost done, so stay tuned.