Kelly Rae Roberts’ mixed-media painting e-course started officially yesterday, and already I am facing the challenge of internal resistance.
Two years ago I gave away all of my art supplies except for watercolor, inks, colored pencils and pastels in preparation for our big move to New Mexico. It was time to pare down, to fit my new and much smaller work space, to say goodbye to open options and hello to focus on one direction as an artist.
It was painful to get rid of drawers of beautiful papers collected slowly through the years, print ephemera and souvenirs like maps, matchbook covers, brochures gathered from every place we’ve lived or visited, jars of paint and odd tools purchased here and there on a whim.
But after giving it all away, I felt good. Clear. Open. Free.
And now I discovered I would need all of these things I gave away for this course.
Like all transitions, this one is painful.
The questions arise:
- Do I really want to re-open my art practice to multiple expressions?
- Should I really be spending all this money just to play and explore?
- Last, but far from least: Where will I put all this stuff??? Yikes!