Has anyone read Julia Cameron’s Artists’ Way? It’s a wonderful guide for anyone who needs the pot of their creative juices stirred. She offers activities and suggestions for liberating the artist inside each of us. One of her suggestions is to make a date with yourself. She calls it an Artist Date. You treat yourself to a new adventure, an experience outside of your comfort zone. An experience meant to inspire or at least get you thinking. I highly recommend it for any blocked artist, writer, or performer.
I went on an Artist’s Date yesterday. Now, like any good artist, I broke the rules. I brought my boyfriend. He is in a creative line of work so we went somewhere that would inspire both of us… the Mt. Gretna Tour of Homes. Google it for details. What a great place to see Victorian and Arts & Crafts architecture! I was inspired by the covered porches full of welcoming wicker furniture, the rustic setting among the pine trees, and the cozy decor in each unique cottage. Sometimes, to be productive, I have to stop producing and simply replenish my imagination. This summer, I’ve created less finished art but took in more ideas. What do you do to refill your well?