There are days that I suddenly realize that I've spent a lot of time alone...like when I begin to notice paint on my fingers or toes and think how it beautiful it is. And yet, I also realize that this time spent in solitude is critical for my creative exploration. When I spend too much time with people, with obligations (especially when I'm not working on my own), with technology (computers and television...and even, on occasion, music), or even with too much visual stimulation (clutter and disarray) my well feels empty. I crave solitude and silence. My favorite place to be is my studio which usually offers both. And when I allow myself that time to be still and let my mind wander, the most beautiful things happen. I being to make connections I wouldn't otherwise make and I don't hold back from trying something new. I sometimes wonder if this is due to the fact that I am an introvert by nature or if this is just part of the creative process. In any case, I have found this to be true for me.