We're all creative beings. No matter who you are or where you are in life you're a creative being. If you don't feel creative that might mean you're simply a little stuck or as Julie Cameron Author of The Artist's Way would say, "you're a blocked artist" because after all we're all artists. You might have big dreams of writing a book, or making huge paintings to sell at galleries, you might have a goal of wanting to write a little every day or you might want to bring bits of creativity into your every day life. Every Tuesday I'll bring you one of my favorite tools for cultivating creativity. These are the tools I use for bringing creativity into my life in big or little ways.
THIS WEEK: Artist's Date
What is An Artist's Date?
This is a tool that I also picked up from Julia Cameron's book "The Artist's Way". Each week set aside time on your calendar to experience art. This can be many wildly different things. From strolling through an art museum, to taking a 10 minute walk, listening to live music, taking a painting class or grabbing your camera and walking around your neighborhood to snap photos. It's a date with yourself to experience art. Go on an artist's date once a week to experience art directly, change your surroundings and fill up your artistic well.
Here's an Example of a few of my recent Artist's dates.
1) walking around Downtown Greensboro when the light from the setting sun was just right and talking photos
2) Walking through the Weatherspoon and looking at the new exibits
3) Going to Barnes and Nobles and browsing through publications, Journals magazines I was artistically interested in.
Upcoming Artist's Dates
1) Painting class at Sawtooth in Winston Salem
2) Weekend trip to DC
When you're just starting out with Artist's dates it's important to keep it as a date for just yourself. If you're unblocking having the experience once a week of immersing yourself in art simply for the sake of experiencing art yourself is very important. If you aren't necessarily a blocked artist's take the spirit of the Artist's date any way you'd like.
What's on your agenda for your next artist's date? Let's share our ideas in the comments section below so that we can help each other expand our creativity!
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