Last week I took some much needed "me" time and spent a few days in the middle of nowhere with nothing more than a wood fire and my paints to keep me company. At first it was a big adjustment, but once I got over the shock of it all, I really enjoyed the quiet moments.
I was able to be very productive, and very reflective. I managed to get four paintings done, which was quite the accomplishment considering I hadn't worked on anything since August.
The cabin that I rented was only an hour away from home, but it was in a location I had never really traveled to before. Sometimes all you need is a change of scenery to change your frame of mind. That really did it for me. No TV, no internet, no phone - not even a microwave - and a teeny-tiny hot water tank! At night, when it was getting too late to paint, I'd build a roaring fire and read - or just watch the flames. The peace and quiet was priceless.
And I definitely plan on returning.