In the June issue of Art Calendar magazine, Jack White says:
When you made the choice to become an artist, you committed yourself to a life of solitary confinement. That is, if you plan on being successful.
I'm of two minds on this. The first is that, yes, you must spend a great deal of time alone in order to find your voice as an artist and in order to produce the quality of work you need. The second voice says Oh No! You have to get out and meet people and network and find people to buy your art.
So, how much time do you need to be alone? And what are the parameters of solitary confinement?