Take An Artist’s Date
Several years ago, I came across an interesting book by Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way. Chocked full of ideas for recovering one’s creativity and living the artist’s life, I found several of Cameron’s ideas intriguing. One was the concept of the Artist’s Date.
To quote Ms. Cameron, “Artist Dates are assigned play. The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly “artistic” — think mischief more than mastery.
Artist Dates fire up the imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play. Since art is about the play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing our inner well of images and inspiration. When choosing an Artist Date, it is good to ask yourself, ‘what sounds fun?’ — and then allow yourself to try it.”
10 ideas for an Artist’s Date
- Support the local arts scene. Go to a local festival, music event, art show, play, museum exhibit. Visit www.bachandsons.com to find the location for the next live Bach and Sons concert in your area.
- Grab a stack of magazines, and clip whatever looks interesting or cool to create your own inspiration board.
- Read a book of short stories such as On the Heels of an Organist.
- Go for a walk, and take your camera with you to document the experience.
- Stop by the library, and check out some CDs.
- Take a long soak in a hot bathtub
- Visit a “creative” shop that has nothing to do with what you actually do–an art supply store, a fabric shop, a music store.
- See an Oscar-nominated movie or a foreign film.
- Listen to your favorite music while sipping on a cup of hot cocoa or cappuccino
- Watch the sun rise or set
Boundless, unending sources of inspiration are yours for the taking!
Let your world heighten your senses and creativity.