My main teacher in college told us not to throw out any artwork so we could see our improvement. I followed that and ended up with roughly three full tubs of artwork measuring about 3 feet long by 2 feet wide by 2 feet deep. Recently, a fellow artist and I were discussing it and he mentioned that he doesn't keep old artwork at all. After thinking about it, I sort of felt that having all of that old artwork around was hurting me more than helping. A person without any confidence problems would probably only see the improvement but, someone like me, I also continued to see the horrible artwork and know that I was responsible for it.
Anyway, I decided to clean house and ended up dumping three trash bags of stuff. I kept some of the work that I remember being actually pleased with at the time but most of it is gone. By 'most of it' I only mean the old stuff. I didn't throw out anything done in the last 10 or so years.
And you know what?
It feels good.