CREATING IN SOLITUDE
Four 10”x 8” pieces in progress. Exploring the technique of using a lot more collage to build the figures out of. Stay tuned for the results. ©2017 David Limrite
“I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.”
Creating In Solitude
Except on rare occasions, creating happens in solitude for most of us. Just you, your ideas and your materials. Most artists are comfortable being alone in the studio. I am one of those artists. I relish the time spent alone in my studio with my thoughts, charcoal and paintbrushes. For me, solitude is a necessity, and those around me know how important it is to me. Which I really appreciate.
Many artists balance solitude with the camaraderie that they find in taking classes and workshops, or participating in drawing groups, meet-ups and critique groups.
Every artist needs to find the right mix for their ultimate creativity.
I know one artist who loves working on her own. She states that she actually needs the solitude. However, she feels guilty for this need. I think that, as artists, we need to be a bit selfish about our creative time. Life and the people in it are not going to step aside willingly and allow us to spend time making art. Life is always going to be tugging at our coat tails.
I have found that when I explain my need for artistic solitude, the people in my life who support me, totally understand and go out of their way to make this time available to me.
Since life is always going to be nipping at out heels, we have to find a way to create in the middle of things. And if that means being selfish with our creativity time, so be it.
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