Finding sanctuary

Sanctum [a private place where one if free from intrusion]


Oil on marouflaged linen, ovato tondo, 300mm x 400mm


How to find creative freedom? Virginia Woolf offered her opinion: a woman must have money and a room of her own…


I love her description of what it feels like when you’re in that space. She visited Oxford University to seek inspiration:


“The spirit of peace descended like a cloud from heaven, for if the spirit of peace dwells anywhere, it is in the courts and quadrangles of Oxbridge on a fine October morning. Strolling through those colleges past those ancient halls the roughness of the present seemed smoothed away; the body seemed contained in a miraculous glass cabinet through which no sound could penetrate, and the mind, freed from any contact with facts … was at liberty to settle down upon whatever meditation was in harmony with the moment.”

 

 
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Vigil


“…the mattress,
Run into boulders and hummocks,
Glows like a kiln, while the bedclothes–
Tumbling, importunate, daft–
Ramble and roll…”

from Vigil by William Ernest Henley