I sometimes wonder if creativity and simplicity are a kind of contradiction in terms.
I am feeling a clash of wills...and I am not talking about two people, they are both inside me!
One half of me wants to declutter and to clean the house.
The other side of me is the artist and crafty person who sees artistic possibilities in everything.
Part of me wants to purge, purge, purge....the other part of me wants to hold on to everything that may have some possible creative purpose.
When I was talking to some artist acquaintances last week, it turned out that we all seem to have houses full of interesting stuff, bric a brac, assorted found objects, etc...things we hold onto to create still lifes, or to stick on to collages, for example.
Decluttering often seems to go hand in hand with the desire to be clean, as many of us here also discuss our housework routines and ways to clean things.
Whereas art is inherently messy and even grubby, it makes marks, splodges, requires chemicals like turpentine, it makes fumes, it leaves us with paint under our fingernails. It also requires space for storing finished artworks, drawings need to be stored, etc.
See my dilemma?
I know I am not the only one who feels this way as a friend of mine told me she even stopped doing art just because she couldn't stand all the mess that art made!! But this is not an option for me. (I can't afford to have a separate studio from my home, although that would be the ideal, to keep the arty stuff all in one place away from the home.)
Can one be an artist and also have a clean decluttered home? Thoughts anyone? Even if you just post and tell me you have the same dilemma that would be great, I am not expecting any solutions necessarily.