Jeane handed me a 3 word note at the workshop I took from her in Southampton:
A recent post tells you something about Jeane’s editing process. She possesses a ruthless ability to sweep away excess.
As for me, she added a further suggestion to edit MY LIFE, at least as it pertains to art (which just about covers all of it).
You see, I came to the workshop with about 8 full boxes of supplies (it was for a whole 5 days, right?) and Jeane made me put away everything except a few brushes, some paint, and a couple items I could not do without. I did it quickly and fairly easily there (Diane and Patty could confirm this part of the story if you are finding it hard to believe I could do that).
At home is another matter.
I could take the easy way out and tell myself something like, “Well, Jeane is a minimalist. I need a wide array of choices of materials, which add richness and variety to my work.”
Yes, I could say that, and you might believe it.
But I am drowning in art materials, emails, blog entries, computer files, ideas, and etceteras.
I need focus. I need to EDIT.
Jeane, would you mind coming over and kicking my butt? And then giving me a hug?
Jeane is so familiar
with the abyss
that she does not cling
to any qualms as
she shoves you
impasse you keep
whining about. (You know,
the one you thought
was keeping you from
Glance upward as
you plummet and see
her through the ends of
your hair, leaning
© carol wiebe