"Solitude -- being alone with thoughts and feelings -- contributes to productivity in creative work."
Richard Shiff in Van Gogh Up Close, Edited by Cornelia Homburg, Yale University Press
Solitude in the studio. I am in complete control of the sounds, the temperature, the light, the mood, the subject. I allow no interruptions and I feel my focus narrow to what is right in front of me. In this case, my beloved beach path, but this time with Looking Glass colors. More to come with this palette. I feel its zest on my tongue!
I am reading the book "Van Gogh Up Close" from the Van Gogh exhibit of the same name I saw at the Philadelphia Museum of Art earlier this year. You can learn more about that show and see some of the paintings in this Charlie Rose interview with the curators of the show here.
Some days solitude is one of those "Precious Things" Tori Amos sings about.