I’ve slowly been making my way through Julia Cameron’s 12 weeks of recovery in The Artists’ Way. This is an excellent book designed to help individuals from all walks of life, not just artists, reconnect with their creativity. The truth is that we are all born creative and at some point, usually during our childhood, lose touch with that inner spark.

Now as I start my new painting, which is focused on the concept of going deeper within, it seems apropos that I also begin my week of “reading deprivation”.

The rose is the path, the door, and the crow leads you there, into the depths of the your soul. Have you the courage to enter?

A week without reading means more time to be available to what is really going on inside. What have I been avoiding or ignoring by filling my time with distractions? That space is where the real stuff happens. That is how we get to know ourselves.

Art lies in the moment of encounter: we meet our truth and we meet ourselves; we meet ourselves and we meet our self-expression. -Julia Cameron

According to many, that is when art happens.

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