Take a peek at the following five quotes.
1. “I am closer to my work than to anything on earth. That’s my marriage.” — Louise Nevelson
2. “With my idealism about dance, it was insane to pretend that I could compromise in another area of my life. So I am not available for romance–except for accidents, which do sometimes happen.” — Violette Verdy
3. “I can always be distracted by love, but eventually I get horny for my creativity.” — Gilda Radner
4. “I have a wife too many already, namely this art, which harries me incessantly.” – Michelangelo
5. “Love is the extremely difficult realization that someone other than oneself is real.” — Iris Murdoch
Each quote speaks in its own way to a common challenge that artists face, deciding somewhere out of conscious awareness that creating is not only more important than relating but that perhaps relating isn’t really very important at all.
Have you come to this conclusion? If so, I invite you to rethink your position, since creating without relating can lead to lots of productivity but also to a cold and lonely life. Isn’t it likely that creating AND relating is rather better than creating OR relating?