Saturday, February 21, 2009

energy of incomplete work...

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here are some paintings that are incomplete..or so i thought when i started this post...but the more i look at this top image the more sure that i am it is finished...so it is...

'a single tear' - 2009 acrylic, plaster on canvas

back to the topic...do you know the energy of incomplete work...

how many incomplete, half finished, or unstarted works are stealing your energy?

everything has energy...and things undone are thieves of creativity...they steal little bits of your energy by remaining in a state of limbo..subtly leaking energy...and the more little bits of energy that are being taken from you, the less creative energy you have to devote to the present works begging to be born...

i took a walk around my studio yesterday...i noticed several pieces that i have begun, with great intentions, yet abandoned somewhere along the way...they call to me every time i enter the space..."remember me?"..."help me" ..."finish me"...


if you have left some things unfinished in your life or your studio, perhaps they are using energy that could be better used in your present...for the present IS your life...

how to spot your energy stealers...attune your senses, mentally take orientations, be alert to negativity and energy stealers in your personal space...

then neutralize them by taking an action toward finalizing them or repurposing them or omitting them..undertake a mental and physical spring energy cleaning...

sometimes i even pick these unfinished works up and remember the moment that image came to me...the need to create it...other times i actually take it to my table and work at it...then put it away again...

i have come to understand that, if i did not stick with it until it was finished, perhaps it should be abandoned entirely...repurposed, reconditioned, reinvented...the materials used in another way...and when i do this i often find a remarkable work that developed out of fragments of other work from other times in my life...


so i am starting a series called 'fragments' that will use these old, unfinished works...in a different way, a new way...with new energy...i am also clearing away, simplifying my life...starting tomorrow i will begin selling my collection of art making supplies...please bookmark the blog or favorite it so you can see when new thing are added...it could be just what you need to finish a work...

Today's Intention...uncover the unfinished work in my life that is leaking energy...and finish or repurpose it...

7 comments:

Carla J Schuchman said...

Rebecca, this is sooooo true. You have given me inspiration, now can you give me more time?
I put you on my blog. I am still all thumbs to figuring this out though. I thought I created a link to you in the picture, but I don't think it worked!
**sigh** more to learn.

Love you muches!
Carla

see you there! said...

This is so true. When something is unfinished, be it art or some chore, it seems to play as background noise in my brain. When I *do* it, or clear it out, I feel a huge sense of relief. I know this. Why do I still procrastinate?

Darla

Melissa and Emmitt said...

what a fabulous post. very insightful!

Eveline Maedel said...

Thanks for you visit to my blog - love your work! Great thoughts on unfinished work, I had really thought about the energy aspect of it before, but it makes sense. Can't wait to see what you create from the fragments!

Mary Timme said...

I hope it goes well for you. I love finishing stuff, but there are many times I quit and toss. I don't have but maybe a quarter of an inch of the sentimental bone in my body, so I'm a tosser. Saves a lot of grief. Sometimes I don't even finish books I've started. Gasp!

ShabbyInTheCity said...

You're not kidding!
I gave away a whole bunch of stuff because it was really draining me to have it around! I have more though...This is a great post.

a fanciful twist said...

I do love that idea!! A new way to deal with unfinished business ;) ;) xoxo

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