Currently I am listening to Donavan Frankereiter’s album Move by Yourself, I am just loving it. This year I aim to do 52 Artist’s Date and I plan to record them on this blog. I hope to inspire you to go out on your own Artist’s Dates, to discover new places and experiences. I hope it also helps you to discover more about your authentic self, and gives you permission to enjoy life and spend some time doing the things you really love to do.
After reading the book the Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, I was introduced to her tool of the Artist’s Date to unblock creativity blocks and droughts. Since then I have been regularly going on my weekly Artist’s Date excursions. It has become a beautiful ritual in my life, I have seen many beautiful things, gone on many excursions and participated in activities of all different sorts. It has broadened my horizons, opened up possibilities and allowed me to enjoy and embrace my creativity again.
An Artist Date can be simple described as “Me Time”, that is time just for your-self to do something you enjoy or are interested in simply for pleasure without any guilt.
It is a tool that I have use to get out of a rut, or simply to re-energize myself, to relax and enjoy life and to re- inspire my creative juices.
You do not have to be an artist to use this tool, we are all creative and our creativity affects our work and pleasure every day. I am a mother and work part time as a nurse. Being creative in my thinking is essential in both my roles. Whilst being creative in my social and pleasure time makes life so much more juicer and satisfying.
Julia Cameron states: “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. In its most primary form, the artist date is an excursion, a play date that you preplan and defend against all interlopers. You do not take anyone on this artist date but you and your inner artist, a.k.a. your creative child.” ~JuliaCameron, The Artist’s Way.
My first Artist’s Date for the year was to the kikki.K shop to pick up a daily planning pad and some inspirational stickers. I love beautiful stationary and visiting stationary shops and looking around buying the odd item to add to my collection. This year I want to be planning out my days, so having a beautiful planning page each day to put my action steps on then tick them off as I do them puts a smile on my face. Also I love the stickers which I can add to my diary or yearly planning book.
Do you have any good ideas for an Artist’s Date? Have you been on an Artist’s Date recently? Please share your thoughts and experiences about Artist’s Dates in the comments.
Wishing you a wonderful Artist’s Date of your own.