An artist date is a concept developed by author/artist Julia Cameron as a way to get ourselves out on a regular basis. Whether to create, be inspired, read up on other artists, or just take ourselves out of our everyday routines.
Several years ago I bought myself The Artists’ Way by Julia Cameron. I read the book and didn’t actually DO the exercises nor did I start writing morning pages at that time. Fast forward to today and I’m still doing morning pages which I started in 2018. I’m on day 704. Never did I ever imagine I’d still be doing this daily writing of three pages per day. Admittedly, I don’t write on weekends and I rarely take my notebook with me when I travel. It’s what works for me.
Ideas and inspirations for artist dates
You can find a few ideas for Artist dates on Julia’s website. Struggling with finding something to do? Here are a few more ideas:
- Visit a museum
- Go to a park
- Get out your kids coloring books and color
- Head to the library and browse art magazines or books
- Take virtual tours of places you’d like to go
- Find a quiet spot and read a book you’ve been putting off
- Check out my Monday Motivation & Inspiration posts
I have yet to actually set up Artist dates for myself though. Seems like I tried several years ago. It lasted a few weeks at best. We’re so good at finding excuses, life, work, family and everything else that always seems to take precedence over our creative lives.
Why an artist date is a good idea
Many of us get caught up in the daily tasks, running our business, running our households, taking care of kids, work and all that *yawn* boring stuff. We forget or don’t make time for ourselves. An artist date is a great way to get ourselves out for some me-time. Recharge. Refresh. Rejuvenate the muse.
Put it in writing
Now that life is getting back to somewhat normal for most of us, where are you itching to go to take photos that you haven’t been able to go to this last year or so? Let me know in the comments.
Make a date with yourself to get out with that camera (I’m talking to myself too here). Put it in your calendar. Or in the words of Captain Picard, “Make it so”.
Go create. Be creative. Be motivated.