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29 July 2016

Spring Onions (larger painting) (+ Artist Louise Bourgeois on How Solitude Enriches Creative Work)

Spring Onions from Red Earth Farm
oil on linen on panel, 8 x 10 inches, available
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Note: I'm going to be away from my studio and blog for the next week.

"Our capacity for what psychoanalyst Adam Phillips has termed 'fertile solitude' is absolutely essential not only for our creativity but for the basic fabric of our happiness — without time and space unburdened from external input and social strain, we’d be unable to fully inhabit our interior life, which is the raw material of all art. That vital role of solitude in art and life is what the great artist Louise Bourgeois explores in several of the letters and diary entries collected in Louise Bourgeois: Destruction of the Father / Reconstruction of the Father: Writings and Interviews, 1923–1997. Here's a quote:

'Solitude, a rest from responsibilities, and peace of mind, will do you more good than the atmosphere of the studio and the conversations which, generally speaking, are a waste of time.'" ~Louise Bourgeois

[Source: Maria Popova, "Artist Louise Bourgeois on How Solitude Enriches Creative Work"]

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