Monday, February 8, 2016

Letting Go...

Letting go-such a simple phrase to say, but so hard to do.
Whether it's emotions that you need to let go or material possessions that you need to let go, it's very difficult.
I am always mentally telling myself to 'let it go' when I'm upset or stressed out. I tell myself to just breathe and be done with it. Easier said than done. But I'm getting better.
What I'm really not good at is letting go of material possessions. We are in the midst of moving AGAIN. This is move #7 in the last 29 years. But this is the first move that we actually chose to do. All the others were corporate moves that we did for my husband's career. This one is just for us.
Hubby is heading towards retirement in a few years and we decided that it was time to leave the bitterly cold, long winters of the midwest.
SO...with the move coming up in about 2 months I find myself evaluating all our earthly goods.
And a MOUNTAIN of art supplies, fabrics, beads, etc, etc, etc.
What to keep, what to toss, what to give away and what to sell?
It's hard to part with clothes that you like but haven't worn in SEVEN years. You know the old thinking- "but it might come back in style OR I might just lose that last 10 lb. I've gained"   Such is my dilemma.
At least we have had almost a year to plan for this move. So I have had time to cull through closets and shelves several times. It's funny; you go through them and pull out a handful of items you know you don't need or want. Then 2 months later you go back and revisit the same closet with the same clothes and you can see them in a whole different light.
So this past week I have gone through closets and drawers with a new determination to scale down the amount of clothes & STUFF that is moving with us.
My art studio is the hardest! But again, after going through it last summer and weeding out items I don't need or use then going back through again last week I tossed massive quantities of junk!
I have become a regular visitor to the local Goodwill store to unload clothes and household items.
I have dropped off loads at the recycle center. I have thrown bags of garbage away. And I have given away lots of fabrics and yarns to my local needle arts guild. And yet there is still a lot of STUFF in my studio.  One more cleaning and purging should do the trick. But it's hard when you are an artist that works in more the one medium.
This move and this major clean-up has caused me to take a long hard look at what I create, what my passion is and what supplies I actually NEED to hang onto. Do I actually need 500 spools of ribbon anymore? I don't think so. Do I need 2 drawers full of papers for collaging? NOPE.
So I am scaling back on supplies and downsizing my fabric stash (just a bit).
I am learning to LET GO of things I don't need and things I am not in love with.
I just need to keep telling myself that constantly and continue to plow through all the things that have accumulated over the years.
In fact this afternoon was to be spent going through 7 years worth of Quilting Arts magazines. I really hate to part with them but do I really need them all? Last Friday I sifted through almost 10 years worth of Somerset Studio magazines. I decided to only keep the ones that I had been published in (plus a few more special ones).
What am I doing instead of cleaning and sorting today? Playing in Photoshop and now, writing on my blog.
Oh well...The magazines can wait another day.
For now here are the results of playing in Photoshop today.
Hope...

Surrounded by Fire
Looking UP


All the original photos I used were taken with my cell phone. Some of them were played with on my phone with the PicEffectFree app before I uploaded to Photoshop and reworked them.
'Hope' was an original drawing of a feather with birds flying out. I was designing my newest tattoo when I sketched that and I really liked the drawing. I really played with color and saturation as well as adding some layers and filters. And of course I added the text.
'Surrounded by Fire' was a photo I took while sitting on the deck, looking up through the branches of the trees. Layered it with some filters and textures and bumped up the saturation and color.
"Looking UP' was also taken from my deck looking up at the beautiful river birches. I will miss those trees when we move. The photo was layered with filters and textures but I didn't alter the color
except with the filters. It was a beautiful summer day when I took the photo. The trees were a vivid green and the sky was a gorgeous blue in the background.
Okay, time to go sort through more STUFF.
More updates to the move and letting go of stuff to follow......
 
Until then, live your life creatively (and learn to let go of stuff you don't need)
Cathy

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