Artist's Date

“Experience, even for a painter, is not exclusively visual.”

                Walter Meigs

One of my favorite authors is Julie Cameron. Many of you have read her book, “The Artist’s Way”. It’s a classic filled with great advice and information for the artist. One of her recommendations for living a creative life is to take yourself on an “Artist Date”. She explains the artist date:

 “An artist date is a block of time, perhaps two hours weekly, especially set aside and committed to nurturing your creative consciousness, your inner artist.” She goes on to say that you do not take anyone with you on this excursion; you go alone with your inner artist. This time spent in solitude is essential to self-nurturing. In a sense, you are filling the pond of your creativity. On these artist dates, you will find new ideas, inspirations, and new ways of looking at the world. These dates should be fun. They should be filled with new sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touch.

I challenge you to take an Artist Date once a week for the next month. Find areas of art that engage your attention. These don't have to be in the visual arts...they could be performances in music, dance, food, theater or attending a lecture or tour. Find something that brings your creativity alive! As Dr. Suess said " Oh the places you will go!"



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