I decided to call this new series of posts (there will be more!) Artist Dates, after Julia Cameron’s key idea in her book ‘The Artist’s Way’. The concept is to take yourself somewhere on ‘a date’ once a week, alone, to inspire (literally breathe in), have fun, observe, open up and be creative. In future posts of this kind I will document other nature walks, trips to museums and galleries, cosy creative sessions at home and much more. Julia herself says:
The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore
something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly
“artistic” — think mischief more than mastery. Artist Dates fire up the
imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play. Since art is about the
play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing our inner well
of images and inspiration. When choosing an Artist Date, it is good to ask
yourself, “what sounds fun?” — and then allow yourself to try it.
So today, come on a twilight winter walk with me…
Beautiful autumn colours are everywhere.
I love tree shape silhouettes – I want to turn them into some kind of abstract pattern.
A very distinct clump of trees at the top of the hill in Ashton Court, Bristol, on a particularly gloomy evening.
Wildlife spotting – two for joy!
…and some bunnies.
I found a sculpture! I’ve been to Ashton Court quite a few times now, but had never been to this part of the park, and made a cool new discovery.
Where would you take yourself on an artist date? Let me know in the comments or on social media!
Next up on the blog will be a post this Friday celebrating one of my favourite artists, Beatrix Potter. Have a lovely week sisters, I will be ferreting away finishing up new dolls and brooches for the shop, and working on new ideas which you can read about in my previous post. What are your plans?
Peace and love,