A Good Mess

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There is, I think, loads of potential in being up to one’s elbows in a good mess. I’m not talking about the kind of mess visited upon you on a late Sunday afternoon when the last thing you want to do is clean up, but a weekend of neglect and fun and living has resulted in sticky mugs adhered to the coffee table and muddy shoes piled by the front door, dirty dishes in the sink, and wild tumbleweeds of dog hair blowing gently along the floor (ahem)…let’s call that a lazy mess.

No, I’m talking about creative mess, which is another thing altogether.  Well, it still might result in a pile of dirty sticky coffee cups, yes, but it’s also evidence of being busy and productive, of being in the moment, caught up, and just going with it, not stopping to worry about it. There is a kind of bravado to it.

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My studio cycles through this state several times a year, the sedimentary clutter building up until I don’t even remember what’s at the bottom, everything covered in a fine coat of graphite and glitter and paint. And where did I put that scraper?!

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Things, I admit, can get a little dysfunctional at the tail end of it. Then I’m ready to take a few hours and sift through, wiping things down, putting things away, rediscovering things, rearranging, scraping wax off most surfaces, shepherding spiders out the door.

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So, this is a different kind of potential, isn’t it?  Like a deep calming breath, a pause. The potential of a clear workbench, organized paints, the windows washed, and the graphite found. (Still need to whitewash that wall, though!)

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Ready for the next mess.

11 thoughts on “A Good Mess

  1. Annie D

    Your before photo looks like my mess AFTER I have tidied! Actually I have 4 corners of the house that I use, seldom get to the bottom of it all before I am desperate to get onto the next idea! But I must say a fresh start is far less frustrating, I do waste time scrabbling for things that have been buried.

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    1. LisaK Post author

      I hope you find time soon! Sometimes, even if I dont have the energy to work on my art, Ill just go and hang out in my studio for a few minutes, and connect there and remind myself of my other, creative life.

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    1. LisaK Post author

      Yes, with that double coat of his, my Aussie likes to lay on the cold concrete floor of my studio. Every now and then I have to fish a dog hair out of the wax!

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