Changing times

After being wishy-washy for a long time, which is quite unlike me, I finally decided I no longer have a desire to make art for the sake of selling it. For many years I had to think of that, because I had to support all my art supplies spending by selling the product. Since I have a big appetite for art supplies, that was a lot of work.
But now I feel I must have reached the threshold at which I don’t need as much, so I’m free to play, instead of work. It’s the same as retiring from a regular job. I can dabble as I like. I don’t know if this is encroaching age, or just a new perspective. I don’t have the drive to produce so much anymore. Maybe it’s related to having 2 new grandkids, and my son moving away. I feel I want experiences more than stuff. Did I grow up? How do you feel? Are you working less than you used to?
Don’t think I’m not making anything now. I have 4 new panels of free motion embroidery in my studio, being made into journal covers. And 10 pieces of fabric ready to become tablerunners on the ironing board. But I’m making them for certain people, not for a future sale.
I have shelves full of things for sale still. Since I play fast, I’ll probably make more. You know how you make many things before you feel like stopping. It’s like having a new toy. You play until you know all about it. And that means the stockpile builds up. But I hope to downsize that too. It’s true that the more you own, the more it owns you.

3 thoughts on “Changing times

  1. You are a woman after my own heart. I can totally relate to the trying to downsize, heading towards retirement, I don’t know yet what I’ll have time to work on, not to mention, what I WANT to work on. I also need to declutter and have sold and given away some items so far. Best wishes to you in your endeavors. A agree with Deb above – love your comment about wanted to have more experiences than stuff.

  2. Making things just for sale is like selling your soul! Been there and not interested in going back. I like your thought about how experiences are more important than stuff.

  3. That’s how I’ve been feeling for a couple of years now. Do what Kay Cassill did and have a house sale to clear out your inventory. Now, just produce what is fun!

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