I’ve been a little stuck since my illness, artistically speaking. Or maybe not stuck, but just not drawn to my studio. Without my notice, piles of wonderful creative ideas and projects had formed on the open spaces, piles with purpose. You see, I am a piler by nature. I like to put things where they go, or pile them until they get put there. If I have to create a space or rearrange, piles form waiting for the new space.
The other type of person is a stuffer. Instead of creating piles, the same things are stuffed into drawers and cubbies, tucked away from sight.
So which type are you?
The same thing has been happening in the basement, piles and collections of treasures or papers that need a home. Today I had an overwhelming urge to purge the basement. So I jumped in and purged a large are in which the collections of clutter were driving me particularly crazy.
Next was inevitably my studio. The piles that had collected have been dispersed or discarded and the space feels so fresh and inviting.
Perhaps something fresh can form here now.
Yes, I’ve committed to another challenge. I am going to do art every day in the month of November, and I’m going to share it with you. What creative thing did I do today? I worshiped and praised while taking a hike with some others from our homeschool group. God’s art is the most inspiring of all. My art, which has been inspired by God’s art, will follow with a post tomorrow. I have some sketching to attempt tonight.
Yes, silly me, hugging a tree.
My daughter was creative today as she took most of the photos. I’m hoping she will post them on her blog for all to see. (Hint, hint.)
I am finding that committing to challenges really helps me to accomplish goals, develop habits, and dig deeper into areas of interest. I greatly appreciated what Creative Every Day had to say yesterday on her Wednesday Wellness post. It is well worth the read.
With my last challenge, I trained myself to conquer the overload of stuff with the Purge Stuff Challenge. I’d also like to give a big congratulations to those who participated. Scrappy Kea used this as a great opportunity to purge as she packed to move. Homeschool in the Pines shared a wonderful resource for organizing school stuff. And since I live relatively close to Deus Audiam, I heard first hand of her mighty stories of purging. Say yes to less.
The Purge Stuff Challenge ends tomorrow. I am happy to say that a good habit has been formed. Each day I search for something to purge, and seems like there is an endless source. The basement should keep me busy for quite awhile. Purging has become a good thing, rather than a dreaded chore. It’s become more like a treasure hunt. I’ll continue to post the fun things I find.
In an effort to form another good habit, I am joining in the Fifth Annual Art Every Day Month at Creative Every Day. From Creative Every Day’s sidebar:
Rules are simple: Make art every day for the month of November, post it on your blog if you can, and have fun with it! Art is loosely defined here, just be creative in any way your heart desires (painting, collage, doodle, drawing, clay, poem, video, music, knitting, whatever!) Even if you just make art every week or once this month, the goal is simply to bring more creativity into your life. Feel free to join in the fun! Be an Everyday Creative, Be Creative Every Day!
Perhaps I’ll get that quilt done, and get some very fun Christmas gifts made. In my world, creativity extends to the kitchen and beyond, so I’m hoping to get even more creative with my cooking as well. Sound like fun to you? Jump on in.
This has been a good purging day. We found a homeschooling family that has nothing. Now all the books in my basement have a home, plus some old lamps, blankets, etc.
I had the most fun purging an old box of elementary art of mine. A couple themes recurred in my artwork, witches and girls lost in forests. I’m not sure what that was about. As images sparked memories, I realized that I have always loved art, and I was never a bad artist. I wonder at what point I sentenced myself to be uncreative? Was it negative words from others, or lack of encouragement? I’m not sure, but it happened.
I like to swing in the air. (age 5)
a view from the “old age home” (age 9)
girl in blue with extremely short arms (age 11)
I think at some point the art became about performance and comparison rather than enjoyment of the process. I’m glad to have regressed.
I love small cars. My preference would be a Volkswagen Jetta or Beetle, or perhaps a Mini Cooper. Yet I own a minivan. With this van, we are able to haul food and dishes to serve meals at VERONICA’s Voice, we are able to give Miss Betty a ride to church each Sunday, we can load up friends and family to go on adventures together. I am thankful for the spaciousness.
This week, I purged the van. I started with the glove box, removing old insurance papers and treasure maps. I checked under all the seats, in all the seat pockets, and in any other great spots for stuff to collect. The job was relatively painless. The kids are great about picking up their things when they exit. I did find some old bank suckers, straws, and other curiousities, but no treasure. Too bad I threw away the treasure maps first.
To complete the purge, I vacuumed out the old leaves, crumbs, and sand. Besides the coffee stains near the driver’s seat, the van looked pretty good.
Later I noticed the inside of the windows. Have you ever seen the marks a dog’s nose makes on a car window? All my windows look this way. Instead of nose smudges, they are greasy marks from boy fingers. I rather like them, so I left them there. They remind me of giggles and fart noises coming from the back seat. They make me smile.
I can’t get my camera to connect to my computer! Ack.
Such is life.
Anyway, yesterday I done cleaned out my frig. Yep. (did you detect the twang?) This is a weekly purge that is a great habit. Before I make that weekly menu and grocery list, I survey the contents of the frig, freezer, and pantry. To save money on each week’s grocery bill, I try to utilize ingredients and leftovers I already have. The frig is much easier to inventory AND much nicer to look at when it’s clean. Plus now I have room for the incoming groceries.
For this Purge Stuff Challenge, I plan on doing a small job each day rather than tackling a giant like the one that was once living in my son’s room. The little daily purging is doable for me while school is happening.
I’m a bit concerned that my son may be breaking a maintenance rule though. He and my husband arrived home from S. Carolina today after spending several days camping on a private island. I haven’t seen them, but I heard that over 100 lbs. of shells are buried underneath the video equipment in the trailer. We’ll see tomorrow.