Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Alone but not Lonely
I was thinking about how we artists are most often completely alone when we're making our art. I've taken part in groups where we've worked together but my best creative thoughts arrive when I'm completely on my own, immersed in my own thoughts. I know some people can bounce ideas off eachother and have amazing times at arty workshops but although I've enjoyed things like this, I tend to get distracted by other people and don't produce anything that I feel is my own, something that expresses just me.
While I was expecting my youngest child, I came across the book by Julia Cameron 'The Artist's Way.' I'd taken a couple of years out of my art degree to have the baby and I felt in desperate need of some creative input. One of the things she advises is to take yourself on an 'Artist Date'. This is a date with yourself, alone, visiting somewhere that makes your heart skip, that feasts your eyes. The idea is to feed your creative consciousness, your inner artist.
It's easy to forget how important it is to spend 'quality time' with ourselves. A lot is said about spending quality time with loved ones and of course this is true but when you're trying to get back in touch with what really makes you feel happy to be alive and inspired by the quirky things that are unique to you, then you need to spend some time nurturing your own inner artist.
I haven't done this for a very long time until today.