When I need to get out of the city (okay, Rochester isn’t a huge metropolis, but it is a city nevertheless) I head to one of the most peaceful and beautiful small towns I know – Aurora, NY. Nestled on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake, the town is steeped in history, with a picturesque main street running along the lakeside. It’s a perfect place to get inspired and feel refreshed. As a composer (and I suspect this is true for other artists, as well), I have come to realize that it is important to get away and separate myself from my work occasionally. Often times, the best artistic ideas, seeds that can grow into a good idea, happen away from my desk. That's not to say that one should just hang out at the beach every day waiting for inspiration to strike; I am a big believer in creating regularly (every day, when possible) - exercising that creative muscle. I find that many times, when I put limitations on myself (such as deadlines), the creative work actually flows better. I have to be self-motivated, but that pressure can help fuel productivity.
So, it's a balance.
Most artists tend to feel like they can never stop working - there is always room for improvement, always a higher level of excellence to pursue. Working hard is very important, but I have also found that getting away from work for periods of time can provide the spark needed to really come up with creative ideas.
What are your favorite places to get away?