Today, while I let my ideas for another book project gel in my gooey mind, I went about keeping the creative hands busy. So I did a spot of sketching and some painting and some cutting and Valentine card making (oh and one holiday card). It feels fitting to top off this post with some insightful words by Julia Cameron, from The Artist's Way.
"An artist must have downtime, time to do nothing. Defending our right to such time takes courage, conviction, and resiliency. Such time, space, and quiet will strike our family as a withdrawal from them. It is ... An artist requires the upkeep of creative solitude. An artist requires the time of healing alone. Without this period of recharging, our artist becomes depleted... We strive to be good, to be nice, to be helpful, to be unselfish. We want to be generous, of service, of the world. But what we really want is to be left alone. When we can't get others to leave us alone, we eventually abandon ourselves. To others, we may look like we're there. We may act like we're there. But our true self has gone to ground. Over time, it becomes something worse than out of sorts. Death threats are issued."
|Sketch of the nook over my fireplace - note the "Thurston" artwork in the background.|
|The morning's abstract watercolor cut into circles and ready for assembly|
|Some of the assembled Valentine's cards (thank you DS Watkins, for the creative concept)|
|Ok, cheating a bit, this is from last month ... one of our painting class exercises.|