The Artist’s Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life. Still as vital today—or perhaps even more so—than it was when it was first published one decade ago, it is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work.
After Hours Artisans subscribes to a number of the principals put forth in the book, The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron. Written over a decade ago, it has been utilized by thousands to explore their creativity, especially in relation to their spirituality and life path. It has spawned independent study groups nationwide, if not globally, who meet regularly to discuss the exercises in the book and share their personal discoveries. I took a class with a friend and my mom about fifteen years ago which was led by Terry Opalek and Michael Frontier in their home in Chicago. It was such an amazing and inspiring experience that we still discuss things we learned there and their application to our lives today. (Terry and Michael now offer a class called Beyond the Artist’s Way if you want to check it out.)
The one belief that has really remained with me all these years is the concept of “filling your well.” Basically, what Cameron suggests is the existence of an inner reservoir that needs to be replenished from time to time in order to nourish our creativity. Personally, I think this “well” goes beyond creativity to affect our spiritual, emotional and physical health. Stress, obligations, illness, conflict, worry – these elements we experience on an everyday basis – can deplete us! In essence, they drain our wells. Setting aside time to do things that nourish our spirit, provide a respite from our busy lives, or perhaps even inspiration, are crucial to helping us maintain our well-being, our positivism and our resilience.
Basically, After Hours Artisans was created to help people fill their wells!