June 23, 2009
Just Deal With It...
The same situation defines my studio... unfinished thoughts... works that, for one reason or another, aren't ready for prime time. In fact, that's possibly one of my weakest areas... unfinished projects of one sort or another. A current (and recurring) effort has me digging out, clearing out, sorting out... not only the studio and inventory, but all through the house. Just a shelf or drawer at a time... no need to rent a dumpster, or not a very big one. Goal: to be able to see everything in a room, closet or drawer in one glance. To cut ties with saved materials that will never see use and merely take up space. To have a clear and unobstructed view of what I really want to do next!
You see... I have this problem. Not uncommon but also not really fixable. Best I can do is deal with it... and that's where the cleansing comes in. The ole memory is not serving so well anymore. Nothing to get excited about, the usual age related dementia to be expected and most of us complain about (beginning the first time you lost your keys) and can be counted on to only get fuzzier with time.
Of our three kids, the oldest has the largest collection of my work through the years. (They all know they can have most anything they want.) He didn't realize he would pay the price by being designated 'Keeper/Manager of the Inventory' when I can't do it anymore. Because we had the job of dealing with both mother's belongings when they passed, I realize how daunting this job can be. So while I still have my wits about me, I will try to make better order and toss the nonsense.
This, of course, is not the first time for such an effort... seems to be another project that never gets finished!