Why every artist needs a sanctuary
Making art is an excellent way to discover who we really are. If we allow the paint to flow and the lines to dance freely from beneath our hands, it isn’t long before we discover a great deal about ourselves if we are willing to really take a look at what we are doing. We need to protect this. This is why we need to have a sanctuary.
The problems with creativity
One of the biggest problems with creativity is that there always seems to be someone looking over our shoulders and telling us what they think about what we are doing. this causes many creative people to focus outwards instead of focusing inwards. We all become as others see us instead of simply being ourselves.
Your own space
Every artist needs a sanctuary. It’s important to have your own space, a studio or a place that you can retreat to in times of trouble. In my opinion, we all need a place to go to to try and figure things out for ourselves when the “noise” around us gives us conflicting messages or becomes deafening in our ears.
Creativity as a spiritual practice
Creativity has become a spiritual practice for me. I am grateful to have discovered it. I think I feel a lot more deeply than a lot of other people or at least from the inside looking out it appears to be so. World events, personal trauma, and events in my life impact me more than most of you realize. To help rid me of these deep feelings I know that I must stand at the easel and do the work. This is another reason why every artist needs a sanctuary.
Creating your sanctuary
Your sanctuary can be clean or messy. It isn’t important what it looks like or where it is. It just needs to bring you comfort and shelter from the storms. Picasso’s spaces were notoriously messy and filled with objects, books, papers, and trinkets of all types. His spaces supported his insatiable creative energy. Thousands of visitors come through his spaces. There was always a great deal of joy on behalf of those managing to get into see him. His spaces were filled with fun and laughter. A good time was had by all.
Protecting your sanctuary
Not everyone wants their sacred space to be invaded by those we are trying to escape from. In his later years, Picasso’s wife Jacqueline found it necessary to restrict most access to the artist because they needed a quiet and stress-free environment to be able to keep his creativity going. Other people’s problems and issues affected Picasso deeply and it would appear it prevented him from working. Perhaps the bad news outweighed the good news at some point.