Solitude is an essential part of creativity. I have been rereading Rainer Maria Rilke's "Letters to a Young Poet" again. What a repository of brilliant advice for all creative people. The letter number six addresses solitude in a beautiful way.

"What is necessary , after all , is only this : solitude, vast inner solitude. To walk inside yourself and meet no one for hours- that is what you must be able to attain"

How true this is, I feel his words keenly. I must delve into the mystery that is myself  , and get to know what lies within. This takes time, patience and a lot of courage. Is this why marriage and family life is so tricky to balance with the creative life? There is no need for the all or nothing philosophy. As a woman/wife/mother, my family is always first, or at least equal to my work,  I  create and flourish in my own way. May explain why I have no worldly success currently. The business of getting one's work out into the world is a full time job. I will continue the balance, and hope to chip away on all fronts.

I wanted to show some older work this piece "Birth" is from 2009. At times I like to look back at older work and see the threads of connection.