Julia Cameron cracks resistance open in her writing. " The Artist Way" is a brilliant book that many artists and writers are familiar with but few have ever finished. ( including myself ) The reason most folks can't get past chapter one and the morning pages is simple; it is too much work. Making a commitment to oneself and ones creative spirit is hard on so many levels and there are so many voices trying to talk us out of it.
I have thought fleetingly about a studio but it seems extravagant and unrealistic given my transient life. The solution came when a printmaking friend suggested forming an art group with likeminded artists. Initially four of us started meeting at "The Algiers ", a funky middle eastern coffee house that has been in Harvard Square since I can remember. Over cappuccinos and falafels we got to know each other. We talked about books, kids, health, our art and resistance. " The Artist Way " was the book we all agreed to read. A schedule of every other Friday was established as well as what we wanted to do together. The first week was gelatin printing. After that it's cut paper and stencils. I love the idea of community, be it a writing group or an art group.