5 Truths & A SALE

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Rule #1: If you don’t know how to say it, find a few quotes to say it for you.

The chief enemy of creativity is ‘good’ sense. ~Pablo Picasso

Truth #1: I’ve rarely been accused of having good sense. Now you know the secret of my abundant creative output and the reason why I have no more space in my studio. Lack of space is a close second on the list of creative enemies.

Give me a museum and I’ll fill it. ~Pablo Picasso

Truth #2: I am at least one museum short.  However, I can clear some space. In the old days I would burn paintings, paint over them or give them away, but nowadays Kerri would kill me if I tried any of those space-making strategies. Dying at my wife’s hands to create space seems counter-productive. She suggested A Sale. I’ve posted some minimums.  Make an offer.

I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.       ~Vincent Van Gogh

Life Saving Decision: The No Sense No Space Sale. If I were an appliance store this would be a floor clearance. I feel a new wave rising and my heart, soul and easel need the space.

What art offers is space — a certain breathing room for the spirit. ~John Updike

Truth #3: It’s a space for space offer. With a painting that you love your spirit breathes and my space opens so I can breathe.

The days you work are the best days. ~Georgia O’Keeffe

Truth #4: My best days are yet to come. I love my work. I love to work. I love when my work finds a home.

One’s art goes as far and as deep as one’s love goes. ~Andrew Wyeth

Truth #5: Art and Love. For me they are the same thing. In the spirit of love and for the love of space, for art that helps us both breathe a little easier, I offer these paintings at the minimums through December 20.

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Make Space

754. Join me in inspiring truly powerful people. Each day I will add a new thought, story or idea to support your quest and mine.

I am cleaning out and clearing space. It is spring and spring-cleaning is normal at this time of year but my impulse to make space is deeper than the cycle of spring. I’m giving stuff away. I just threw away half of my clothes (they needed throwing away) and the other half will soon go to the thrift store.

I’m purging the studio. I installed paintings at Geraldine’s Counter yesterday and Gary, the owner, asked why I had not included prices on the labels. “They are old paintings,” I said, “and I’m in the mood to bargain.” I don’t want the paintings to come back. I need the space for the new creation. I need the space for ideas.

Possibilities require space. Sometimes life stories get over crowded with drama and details. Sometimes our days get too crowded with tasks. Possibilities will never shoulder their way into cramped courters. Why should they? Lack of space is a signal to the universe that you are doing what you want to do. Or, lack of space is a signal to the universe that you are afraid of doing what you want to do; existential hording leaves no room for possibilities to breathe.

Once, I ran a school and I encouraged my students to look out the window. Daydreaming is intensely important for healthy living and a vital creative life. Daydreaming is space creation. I encouraged my students to imagine. I encouraged them to breathe and make space and wander. I encouraged them to explore and discover and uncover. We were constantly cleaning out the building. We were constantly making space for the new. Those lessons are coming home to me again this spring. On my horizon a tsunami of potential is flowing toward me. I know it is coming because I am making space.