Jane Davies here. The theme of Houses is a little stressful for me right now because I am stalled out on a house renovation, so I thought I'd address the theme of hideaways. I would love to say that my studio is my sanctuary, my blissful hideaway where my creative juices flow unhindered and free, but the truth is that my studio is my workspace, and making art is not easy.
My "hideaway" is the mental space I enter when I am fully engaged in the art process. This mental hideaway happens only when I can leave the realm of the rational and verbal, drop the habits of reason and logic, and emerge into that of the visual and intuitive, the realm of free association. Some call it "being in the zone". Getting into that zone does not happen automatically when I enter the studio; it happens by picking up my materials and getting to work. Engaging in process is what facilitates this transition. And then once I am in that zone, it takes continual effort to stay there. That rational, questioning, analytical voice still shows up on a regular basis, trying to distract me or judge my work. It is my job to stay focused on the process, and let my intuitive voice dominate.
This is very much like meditation, in which you don't simply arrive at a clear, quiet state of mind and stay there; it takes focused attention to acknowledge the thoughts that arise, and let them go, not let them carry you away.
Next time your Inner Critic shows up, acknowledge her and recognize that she is outside of your intuitive-visual-creative zone, which can be your hideaway. She may have her say, but you are getting back to work.
Go to my blog to see images of the pieces I'm working on in the video. I call it Big Fat Art.