Hello Sweet T & good friends,
Thank you for sharing the postcard swap with everyone! I am really enthusiastic about participating in it and hope some of our readers will join in. To answer your question, YES I do remember swinging on those swings at Goddard! Those are fond memories for sure. The picture you posted of your family swinging made me smile. They took down the swings in our nearby park so I haven’t been on one in a few years~boo hoo! Someday I will have one hanging from a tree in my yard. I have ALWAYS wanted one!
As you know I have been busy moving my studio. The picture above is probably the cleanest my desk has been in a while. Although for the most part I am pretty organized I do tend to have miscellaneous piles I just don’t know what to do with. Needing a “pep” talk to keep me diligent in aligning myself with my goals for the year I am revisiting a favorite book, Clear your Clutter with Feng Shui by Karen Kingston (more on feng shui and how I have been using it in my studio in an upcoming guest post). It is just a small, little book but perfect for reminding me to let things go that no longer serve me. When you let go of things you make room for new things to come into your life. This includes books, clothes, art supplies, and other miscellaneous clutter. Books have been a hard one for me. I think I suffer from the “just in case” mentality, which is something I have really been working on in both my home and studio since the beginning of the year.
*I have two bookshelves that house my teaching ideas, magazines, little treasures and my most favorite books. I hung some of my new and early paintings in one of my studio nooks. It was fun to see how my work has changed over the years.
In reorganizing I realized had been holding onto books from grad school as well as TOO many books I was saving for altered book making. I will keep a few and release the rest. Karen Kingston states in her book,
“Good things cannot easily come into your life if you block the flow of energy by persistently clinging to outdated clutter. Relax your hold a little and see what happens.”
As I moved things I came across supplies I hadn’t used very much. Some I will give away and some I will revisit, experiment and have fun with. Ink was one of the materials I was drawn to and decided to try some contour line drawings with an eyedropper. I found it difficult to get a “perfect” line but was really drawn to this imperfection. My lines were fluid and a little messy. I had to give up any control I though I had in these pieces and “let go”. I am not sure where they are going but I really dig them right now. It was a good reminder to always allow time for play. Still more to do in the studio before “the big reveal” but I will keep you updated.
Keeping things “just in case” indicates a lack of trust in the future.
Is there an area of your life where you feel stuck or a room that doesn’t make you smile? I would love to know. Maybe try experimenting with letting go of any clutter you have in this area. How does it feel? I for one feel a little lighter today.
Sending cheery smiles & love your way…Laura