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Lessons From The Move Part Deux: Getting Smaller

by Luann Udell on 4/13/2017 10:17:53 AM

This post is by Luann Udell, regular contributing author for FineArtViews. She's blogged since 2002 about the business side--and the spiritual inside--of art. She says, "I share my experiences so you won't have to make ALL the same mistakes I did...."  For ten years, Luann also wrote a column ("Craft Matters") for The Crafts Report magazine (a monthly business resource for the crafts professional) where she explored the funnier side of her life in craft. She's a double-juried member of the prestigious League of New Hampshire Craftsmen (fiber & art jewelry). Her work has appeared in books, magazines and newspapers across the country and she is a published writer.


 

Smaller spaces and fewer choices can mean a lot more focus.

 

We’ve begun the process of moving into our new rental home this month, a place we hope will give us the time we need to figure out our next move: Stay here in Sonoma County? Move somewhere else in California? Move somewhere else altogether??

 

All big decisions, but the one racking my brain today is, “Should I let go of this? Should I sell it? Or give it away?? Or maybe I should keep it! Maybe someday I’ll….”

 

The trouble with working in lots of different media is, we create a life filled with those words, words that can create joy, or simply create more problems. “Maybe someday….”

 

It’s good to have dreams. But not all dreams can be followed, at least not all at the same time.

 

I have a short ton of rubber stamps. “I used to do a lot of mail art. It was fun! Maybe someday I’ll do it again!” The chances of that are pretty slim, but now I have another “dream” thread: “Maybe someday I’ll have grandkids, and they’ll want to play with rubber stamps!”

 

I took a woodblock printing class a few years ago, and loved it. And then, through the magic of Ebay, I acquired a lot of woodcutting tools. “Maybe someday I’ll get back to it!”

 

Thinking I would never find more antique wood boxes in California, I brought every single one I could lay my hands on in New Hampshire. Now I realize I could never use them all in my lifetime. Nor in several other people’s lifetimes….

 

I’m looking at so many of my oh-so-cool metal storage pieces.  (I have an actual file used to store autopsy slides. No actual slides, though, thank goodness!) They are wonderful! But I’m also thinking how heavy they are, and bulky, and how most of them are not really efficient storage.

 

The most frustrating thing is not knowing how to decide, what to keep and what to let go of, what to sell and what to give away, what to sell something for, and where to sell it.

 

        "Sewing machine #4 has gotta go."

 

But the hardest thing of all was realizing that no matter what I decide, how I decide, when I decide, there is an odd blessing in this downsizing. Because I’m realizing at this stage of my life, I’m probably NOT going to live in a bigger house someday.

 

We’re probably not going to have a big yard anymore.

 

I’m probably never going to own my own horse.

 

And I’m not going to pursue every single path of interest in my art career.

 

This has not brought the sadness I expected. There’s a certain joy to it. The realization that my life, my time, my energy, my ‘footprint’ is going to continue to get smaller, not bigger--This is not a bad thing. In many ways, it’s a relief.

 

We want to spend our time doing things we love: Creating and making new work. Spending time with friends, whether the new neighbors across the street, or old friends back in New Hampshire. Spending time with our kids (who would both cringe at my use of the word ‘kid’!)

 

As to the dream of a big house, a big studio, we’ve had that. I’ve learned that whatever space I’m given, I fill it. A bigger space would mean me filling it with more and more stuff.

 

The big yard? Google a YouTube video called “F*** this house!” where a guy with a hyooge Jersey accent laments how all his free time is spent mowing, weeding, raking, watering his large property. This is where we’re at.  If we were true gardeners, it would be different. But years ago, I realized that I like to decorate with plants. Jon simply likes homegrown tomatoes, and doesn’t mind if someone else grows them. So now we’re down to a weedwhacker, not a mower.

 

The new rental may have less house space, and a smaller studio space. But, miracle of miracles, it has two gi-normous porches, perfect for socializing outside with friends in the gentle California climate. And there’s even a small shed where I can store the stuff I’m almost ready to let go of, until after the move itself is over.

 

 

"I'm guessing this is the least messy this new space will ever look."

 

I don’t mean to suggest that life as we know it is on the wane. We’re way too young for that!! (Haha.) But it IS about focus: Deciding on what, where, and how we really want to spend our time.

 

Maybe I’ll keep a few of my favorite stamps. And the woodcutting tools don’t take up much space, for now. I’ve made some good money selling the cool metal files. I’ve already sold and given away a lot of art supplies I know I’ll never use.

 

This little house, our new home, is teaching us something important. About art, and life, love, and friendship.

 

And I am listening really, really hard to what it’s telling me.

 

 

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Gina
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Great article Luann--I struggle with this every day (and I live in a small apt in SF) sometimes life takes over and our art dreams are set in the background for awhile. It's ok - we have to be flexible with our art and life as well. Cheers to you and enjoy.

Linda
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Certainly a lot of us feel your pain. This year I'll turn 69 and have decided to give my daughters and granddaughters many of my possessions. I decided on a delightful way to decrease many household items. I've drawn many family "treasures" in a journal and written about them. Things I've inherited, items my parents have hand crafted, childhood items and so forth. I'll have the journal to look at and there will be no need to clean and store the items. Yeah! My house is full of paintings and I deliberately narrowed my focus on art and supplies two years ago. Very liberating!

Lori Woodward
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Luann, you sound just like me...

We had built a house in Stoddard that we someday would retire to, but recently decided to stay where we are in our small house - the one where we've lived for 23 years.

We're purging like crazy. I recently read Joshua Becker's book. Can't remember the title right now. I also read "Essentialism" a few times. I'm too lazy to look up the info right now because I'm down with a cold and fever ;-)

Anyway, it's a huge struggle to admit that I don't have time or energy for all my dreams and aspirations. When I think I'll have time to pursue something, it's usually my fantasy mind that's speaking. Fantasy minds have no clue about time and the physical world.

These days, I'm trying to choose what will fit best for my current reality. Right now, it's painting in acrylic. I've let go of so many things I've done in the past: watercolor, oil paintings, writing, sewing, kayaking, etc. It's been so difficult.

But what I do want now is - simple. I've given a bunch of stuff away and am ready to sell my $1600 sewing machine. Why? Because it demands space in my brain. It's a source of guilt in fact and makes me lose focus on what I could be doing with my art.

Two things I try to remember: One is - "They make more every day". If I decide to seriously pursue something, I can buy that thing later. Two: If I want to make something count, I need time to focus on one or two things.

Sure, it's scary for me to focus. But I bet I'll have more fun in the long run, and I feel freer with less clutter - and soon, one house.

Hope your new adventures turn out to make some new and wonderful "memories". It's all good.
Hugs, Lori


Luann Udell
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Gina, thank you for your words of encouragement. Love the flexible-ness of your viewpoint! :^)

Luann Udell
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Linda, what a beautiful way to let future generations enjoy and truly know your life! And good to know there is the other side to this, waiting for me.

Alene Sirott-Cope
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I read this as if you wrote it for me! I have to purge all the art crap I filled this house up with in twenty years and I have managed to fill almost every square inch. Now realizing that in preparing for a retirement move down south, I am having to accomodate my hoarder inner self. I was so terribly sad to get rid of all my pottery equipment. I actually cried when it all "left". The jewelry stuff has to go next. I am keeping my multi media stuff and hope to transport that as it remains my remaining creative motivation as all I have left of my "art self". Heartbreaking to realize you can't take it with you or keep it forever.ð©

Dorothy Thompson
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Luann - I truly enjoy reading your columns. So refreshing, so unfiltered. You don't try to paint a pretty face on the dilemmas you are facing, and how you decide to move forward. That is the key - you keep moving forward. It is so easy to get stuck. Thanks for providing so much inspiration to tough it out and keep progressing with joy still in your heart and life.

Molly Larson Cook
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Luann, are you my sister? Were we separated at birth?

I laughed all the way through this - it was like looking in a mirror. I've moved more than 40 times in my life and had to make these decisions every time. (No, I'm not in a witness relocation program, although a date once asked me if I were when he heard about my moves.)

I've always had a big library of books and then more recently art supplies. The last move from a roomy 3-bedroom apartment to my 300 sq. ft studio apartment in San Diego brought reality home. I laughed at myself for being a gypsy wanderer with a huge library that would go in a separate room in the mansion of my dreams. But why would someone who moves around - for work, mostly - lug around 50 or 60 boxes of heavy books?

So I made a big sign for my wall as I was getting ready to move - I stole a line from "A Chorus Line" and wrote: "Keep the best of you, toss the rest of you."

And I did. I sold or gave away everything except what I could get into 25 small Home Depot boxes or could carry in my car. That's all.

Yes, I miss a few things, but no I don't want them here. At some point reality does set in and we know what we can and cannot do, how much time we really have, and where we want to focus.

Your wonderful post was just what I needed to get going today letting go of another bag of Good Things I Won't Need or Use Again No Matter What I Tell Myself. These days, I consider it a gift to others who might need or use these items. I'm not rich, but I can happily share the things that don't fit in my life any longer.

Bless you, Luann. And do let us know what happens next.

Love,
Molly in San Diego

Christine Kaitlyn
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At 67 it is a joy to pass things on, art books, fabrics, jewelry supplies to people who can't afford them and will use them...probably way before I got to them! Thoroughly enjoy reading your postings!
Chris

Lena Breijer
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I have moved many times, once with 2 car loads only and once after a fire. But the last time I moved across the country I had 20 boxes and 2 weeks to do it in after Mom had a stroke. It was mostly fabric, yarn,paints, tools, one box of books, one of nicnacs and memorabilia (yes still have those size 0 nikes my daughter wore) and a box of clothes.
Did I have regrets? Yes one always makes a few wrong choices, though after the fire I am glad I can make the choices instead of having them made for me.


Nora Barber
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Great article, Luann!
I can relate too well. As far as how to decide what to take? Move across country on your own dime. Have 1 week to get rid of furniture, studio things, stuff. Hop on a plane to start your new job, then let your husband finish the move. It has to be a wanted move with a big payoff, for my system to work. I basically gave away or threw out 1/2 of my stuff. The home I sold was decorated with my quarry of expensive stone carving rocks, the biggest was 120 lbs. It broke my heart. The cart full of clay and glazes, gone. My favorite decoration - a rare find, gone. Funny thing, since we hired packers for the move, I unpacked literally bags of bags. So glad I still have my garbage to recycle. Beware of written labels on boxes. One box said cups. I picked it up, and there was a box of reams of paper in it. That weight caused me $1000 in chiropractor bills and 6 months of repair time. Just a warning. Moving people do not recognize art. I kept a large painting on paper safe for 25 years. It was not framed. They carefully packed the support for it, and folded the giant artwork. My woodblock prints were folded tool By the way, after that big move, 8 months later, we got job transfer news and moved out of state again, new area. I am still trying to set up my art space. I will say, it was freeing to toss old ugly paintings in a giant dumpster. :) Best wishes!

Luann Udell
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Lori, although I empathize with your own situation, I am grateful (as always!) to see your own insights and thoughts.
Sadly, I doubt I will ever be a minimalist, except through force. :^D But I still appreciate the lessons and gains that can come from letting go.
Big hugs to you, and good wishes for YOUR downsizing!

Luann Udell
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Arlene, if my words gave you even a teensy bit of consolation today, then my work is done. Er...well, figuratively, anyway! :^D

And you've also inspired my next article! I'm going to list the venues and agencies I've found the most efficient for donating and selling my equipment and supplies. Stay tuned!

Luann Udell
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Dorothy, you got it! That is exactly how I approach my life, and my writing. My husband said YEARS ago that most people write after-the-fact, with all the insight and wisdom that comes from looking BACK on the experience. I write in-the-moment, with all the honesty I can muster. I'd delighted you like the process!

Luann Udell
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Molly, what a delight to read your comment! And inspirational, too. 25 Home Depot boxes?? That's how many I got my third time there!! I am obviously not as evolved as you are in this process..... :^D

You've given me just the right words of wisdome I need to here today. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

And so, back to packing!

Luann Udell
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Christine, YES!!!! I love it when my stuff goes to just the right person, and helps them move forward with their own art endeavors. Good on you, and thank you for letting me know.

Luann Udell
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Lena, your words are so true, and a good reminder that even hard choices are still....choices.

Your comment about "mistakes are made" reminds me what my friend Nicci Glick said years ago. The only reason you regret letting something go, is you had to find it and dig it out in order to let it go. Otherwise, it would have sat in a box in the attic, totally forgotten.

And yes, I have a pair of little shoes, too! Just one pair, because BOTH my kids wore them. Thank you for the memory!

Luann Udell
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Oh, Nora, your moves are sooooo familiar. We had a company move once, early on, and fortunately, we'd heard the "packed garbage" story so often, we were careful to label it before the packers got it.

Our move from NH to California in 2014 was more like your one week move, only we had a month. Still, we let go of almost 75 percent of our household and studio. And garage, and attic, and basement. Jon make a stop-motion video of our give-away pile at the curb. We had so many pickers, people started going through our garbage.

And my favorite box was the one Jon labeled "Dainty dishes."

Lena Breijer
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At my last move I gave away at least 6 giant garbage bags full of fabric, yarn, costumes, craft supplies and a fabric tree to a children's art therapy centre run by the local university. I know everything got well used and helped a group of needy children and the student therapist. I had happened to know the people involved through gallery I showed at. But they must be in every city.

Joanne Benson
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Always enjoy your posts Luann. I feel for you having to pare down again. It is so difficult to let go sometimes.....and I definitely have hoarder genes... along with clearance shopper genes.....a dangerous combination. My husband always says if the item you are considering tossing/donating is easily replaced and not too expensive than let it go. I know he is right but still it is no easy task! Plus many times you have to lug it someplace to donate it! Good luck to you.

We have been in our current home for 27 years and have filled every square inch with not only our stuff but we still have some of our 3 kids stuff taking up space as well as stuff inherited from parents and other relatives.....collections of things we were going to look up and sell.....not happening!!!!!

And my husband's current philosophy is let the kids deal with it when we die....ugh....We cleaned out both my parents places (mom's twice) and my aunt's place. I really don't want to do that to my kids. Although I suspect they will just get a giant dumpster and toss it all...(turning over in my grave at the thought!)

Hope things go smoothly for you and that your choices get easier!

Sally W. Abbott
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Ahhh, the joy of downsizing! We've reached that stage of our lives where 6 acres, a 2,640 sq ft house is too much. We've rented what once was my mother's apt. to a small family who want to buy the whole deal but can't afford it at this date. So, we are tying up loose ends, giving things away that others need and selling my art. The one thing that bothers me is losing my small studio that I waited for years to get. Life marches on and we, too, must look for that perfect small place. Best wishes to you with your new place and for sharing.

Sally W. Abbott
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Suzanne Edminster
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I am also cleaning out, though not moving.(though people are sometimes taken aback that our place has only one bathroom-- the old ways.) With books and art supplies, I realized I have what I call "The Blizzard Plan." I always think, what if I am caught in a blizzard, trapped in the house for weeks.... THEN I will read all those amazing books and play with all those astonishing art supplies and listen to all those classical records, yes, vinyl. This is ridiculous and ironic as I am a born Californian, have lived in India and Hawaii in the tropics, and have barely seen snow. Can we trust in the abundance of life? Can we trust that if we dispose of old or not-on the mark artworks that we will make better ones? I think so.

Pam
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I think of these things every time I go to an estate sale and realize that I can't leave all my stuff for the kids to deal with. We have been thinking of finding a one story house with space for my husband to work on all his projects and his art. But I can't think about moving until I get rid of stuff because I surely don't want to pack if all. I think you don't really realize how much stuff you have till you have to pack it. We probably will never move, just because I love our neighborhood. We have great neighbors and we are close to everything. But our one car garage is definitely a challenge when we are restoring a vintage trailer practically from scratch. Hope you find happiness in your new place.

Molly Larson Cook
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My adult daughters have thanked me over and over for not leaving them with tons of stuff to go through (or argue over!)...I've put the key family things in some pretty boxes which I keep stacked in a corner for them to grab easily - old pictures, their drawings, newspaper clips of family members, etc. I've also invited them to take anything they want NOW instead of waiting until I'm gone. And my granddaughters love getting little boxes of "Grammy Crap" every now and then.

Michel Reynolds
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I am right there with you. Getting rid of things is hard, but satisfying.

Molly Larson Cook
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I have a friend who works in the gerontology field who put the whole question of "things" in perspective for me. She told me to look around my home and choose the three (3) things I'd want to take with me to an assisted living or nursing home - "Because that's all you'll be able to take."

As it happens, a dear older friend just had to make that decision. I wanted to make it before it was forced on me, hence, feeling okay about letting things go. They're just things.

Luann Udell
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Good on you, Lena! There's always someone who needs it more than we do. :^)

Luann Udell
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Joanne, thank you for the warm wishes!
And decluttering IS hard, unless you have to. I mean, it's STILL HARD. But you HAVE TO.

I still cherish the day I commented to a friend that another friend had admonished me about "not leaving stuff for your kids to drudge through." And THIS friend exclaimed, "I LOVE MY STUFF AND I DON'T CARE WHAT THEY DO WITH IT WHEN I'M GONE!! They can bury me and build a huge pyramid on top of my grave, and FILL IT WITH ALL MY STUFF!!"

I laughed so hard I cried. And whenever it all gets to be too much, I murmur, "Bring on the pyramid!"

Luann Udell
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Sally, I will always, always strongly urge you to find a way to have your studio space, especially if your current one is small and suffices. Don't give it up!!!!

Luann Udell
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Oh, Suzanne, your blizzard plan is fabulous! I have to tell you, though--a blizzard that lasts that long is rare. And if it IS that long, and that bad, then you would lose power, too. So unless you can burn those books/supplies/materials in your fireplace to keep warm.....

What am I saying?! YES, the blizzard plan makes sense! I need all 27 of my globes! And my 42 pairs of scissors!!!

Luann Udell
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Pam, you just talked yourself around into a circle! Don't worry about the "should's", life is too short. :^)

I say, until you have to, or REALLY WANT TO, worrying about packing/decluttering is just another way to torture ourselves mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

If you are happy with your life, and you have time and energy to make your art (and your husband the same), then just set my column aside for another day. When you need it, the wisdom will come.

Luann Udell
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Molly, love the "grammy crap"! I bet your grandkids LOVE coming to visit you. :^)

And you are right about the nursing home/assisted living situation. But you're already dealing with what you can in a productive and manageable way.

Sometimes I can get caught up in the future in a way that's just as unproductive as being caught up in the past. That's when I make myself a giant drink, go sit on the porch, and simply watch the crows fly and the clouds roll by.

Which, hey, it's that time! :^)



Luann Udell
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Michel, looks like you're in good company!

Trisha Adams
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You don't own your things, your things own you.

Deborah Goodrow
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I love reading anything you write.

I lived in the same large house for 37 years, then moved to a studio appartment for what I thought was going to be less than a year. What I could not part with (and I parted with a LOT) got stored. Three years later I finally moved into a small home, and went about bringing my 'stuff' back to me. The mice and squirrels thought my art and mixed media stuff was a delight to nest in, and chew. Most of it had to be tossed.

Five years later I have managed to fill the new house, and realize I'm moving in two years. Purging must happen again. I have started having my kids come and take what they want NOW, and many of my furnishings came from Goodwill, so it's easy to just let it go back; no family heirlooms.

Still, your observations are helpful. I too realized I like the plants, but am not a gardener. And while dreams are useful, not all dreams can be followed. We, and life, changes as time marches on. I think of it like paper that gets more fragile as it ages - it's still useful, but in a new way, so it has to be accommodated. Much as my life and body changes, my art has to accommodate that too. Peace.


Molly Larson Cook
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Sounds like a lot of us have faced these questions and found good ways to think about them. Luann, I hope that drink was a great one! ;-)

Luann Udell
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Trisha, I wonder how much they paid for me?

Luann Udell
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Deborah, I feel for you, from one extreme to another and back again. And yes, mice can be efficient....er....editors! They taught me that any fabric that hangs around long enough to get nested in, has been undisturbed too darn long. And like you, I have very few "precious" objects, and only one or two "heirlooms". They are simply things I've found, that I love.

I'm glad my words gave you even a teensy bit of guidance. And I'm grateful to you--to ALL OF YOU--for sharing your experiences and words of wisdom.

I'm almost ready to pack up another room!


Luann Udell
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Mmmmm....maybe tomorrow.


Blue
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..very very good article;thoroughly enjoyed walking along with you in your garden of thoughts about moving. I've personally moved more times than I wish and never enough at the right time or sadly never to that dream home. Mother was an ex nun m father a drill Sargent in the Marines. . Organized, well that was simply breathing exercises to them. We were never allowed to "retain "someth I ng that we either did not use within 30 days, did not wear more than 10 times in a month nor did it play with within the yr. Spring and fall cleaning were a simple subterfuge of downsizing.. constantly. As an adult now, tho I rarely hoarde, I own a bit of sentimental "craptrap", in mothers words. Cards, pictures, I'm a big goof for. But after a severe head injury--I no longer recognize the words, the faces, which I think is sad to lose that which I didn't even get to choose to throw away. ...enjoy your last moments in the sun under your old roof and soon enough you'll be embracing the bittersweet upheaval of old you and the birth pangs of new you. I recommend watching Joe Vs the Volcano. It'll give you clarity. Best best wishes for new dreams come true for you

Bruce
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All I can do, after reading your story, is sigh as with a heavy burden on all I had ever hoped to do with my art, to accomplish, that would never materialize! Reality can hit, and hit hard like a set of brass knuckles right in the gut at what you've wanted to do and what isn't feasible!

Molly Larson Cook
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I've always liked these words from Thoreau at Walden:

"...whenever you meet a man you will see all that he owns, ay, and much that he pretends to disown, behind him, even to his kitchen furniture and all the trumpery which he saves and will not burn, and he will appear to be harnessed to it and making what headway he can. I think that the man is at a dead set who has got through a knot-hole or gateway where his sledge load of furniture cannot follow him. I cannot but feel compassion when I hear some trig, compact-looking man, seemingly free, all girded and ready, speak of his "furniture," as whether it is insured or not. "But what shall I do with my furniture?" ... Even those who seem for a long while not to have any, if you inquire more narrowly you will find have some stored in somebody's barn...If I have got to drag my trap, I will take care that it be a light one and do not nip me in a vital part."

Blessings all...

Luann Udell
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Blue, yes, you have described a lifetime of letting go, and the times of life where letting go is the major theme.

My entire body of art is based on this theme. From artifacts that speak to us of a lost culture, to imagined prehistory inspired by Ice Age cave art, from fragments of fiber passed down through generations, lovingly and more or less skillfully repaired, to found sewing awls and beads from a burial site...all speak of how we yearn to be remembered.

I also know that some people are minimalists, treasuring their clear surfaces and simplified lifestyle, while others treasure their collections, finding joy not just from their displays, but also from the hunt itself.

I myself am a highly-evolved hunter-gatherer. I enjoy finding wonderful things, and I love displaying them.

And when I die, they will all return to that stream I plucked them from, to bring joy to others who will cherish them, too.

Or not. :^)

Luann Udell
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Bruce, take heart! I truly don't believe we are 'graded' on how much artwork we accomplish, nor even how well we do it. That just seems too harsh.

The true joy is in the making, and the doing. Then sharing it with the world in any way we can, so others can connect with it and experience that same joy.

If and when we decide we've done all we can, let their be peace in our hearts with that decision. I've been with dozens of people at the end stages of life. Life DOES get smaller then. But most regrets are about how our life was lived, and about the people we shared it with.

Do your best, be kind, and enjoy the moment(s). That is 'good enough'.


Dorothy Thompson
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I agree with Luann. Be kind to yourself!

Christopher Newell
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Luann, I am Doomed....I've read your blog and replies to replies...and I am taking my ball and going home. You are amazing and I do believe that you and Erma Bombeck have the same DNA...Carry on and the guy down the street is me taking out the garbage with postage on it.
Love
You
Kid!

Luann Udell
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Christopher, wait, what?? You are mailing your garbage to someone/somewhere else?? Why didn't I think of that??!!

Ooooh, and thank you for the Erma Bombeck compliment--I think. :^D

Blue
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Dear lady, truly you gathered up more than things, places, feelings --you gather up hope, joy, love, and peace... in both your art and the art of your conversationâ¡I will admit to you, I too enjoy such activities with a sometimes wild child abandonment. ..â my artwork, tho is very intospectively quite unabashedly--quiet. With each I I read of a plein art outing or teachers class, I confess, I want to go as if it meant my life. But I've not the means, and I retreat back into the water lilies of my quiet. I am then, blessed even more so, to have found your words. And your grace by which you gave me some of the hope that gathers about you like chick's round the hen... thank you, love your art, your intent to learn from it and the gifts of it that you share with us... also, dear bruce, I think that's your name... I've never comprehended success, , especially in art, other than we each need to support our lives in more than means and ego. Your art, is your good heart. Your success, is every action you take to bring that goodness to the next level. Be of good cheer. Continue, strive laugh when you can, and share here and there... like this blog post, and find your happy equilibrium, your art lifeâ¡

Luann Udell
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Blue, what beautiful,wise, and healing words you've shared with us today! You are a gift in my life. Thank you!!!!











 

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