Everyone should make a point of taking ONE each week!
What is a Creative Date? A Creative Date is setting aside 1 hour just for you- no one else, just YOU! It can be away from home, in your home or studio. One hour just to do whatever – something that will “Replenish the well”.
I, first heard of Creative Dates, when I read “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron and she called them Artist’s Dates. She suggested 2 hours but I am suggesting to you to start with at least 1 hour each week. 1 hour to just be by yourself, in a park, in the countryside, in a library or at the art gallery.
“Spending time in solitude with your artist child is essential to self-nurturing….Julia Cameron”
You will probably have all the excuses – I know, I’ve heard them all from my inner critic also…..what can 1 hour do for me (take 2 then), I don’t have time (Make time), can’t afford to go anywhere (then start with a walk around your home, find a place to sit & photograph, sketch or journal), take a drive into a new area of your city, park & walk around photographing, sketching or just sitting. A drive out in the country.
Here are some ideas for those Creative Dates:
- Take your camera, smart phone and record the sounds of the day in your 1 hour away from everyone. Listen to the birds or the silence.
- Unable to go anywhere – spend at least 1 hour in your creative space, doing something that you always wanted to try.
- Gather up your magazines, go to a space away from everyone else, just flip through those magazines gathering images for your Dream board or your Vision board.
- There are still many free art galleries – pick one this week and tour the exhibitions.
- Visit the local art store, just go around and see what’s new or see their samples (inspires you to try something new maybe/)
- Visit the local thrift stores and look for art supplies (not the old craft paints) but supplies that might be used to make something creative i.e. plastic vintage doilies for stenciling, plastic vintage placemats for making stencils, kids toy section has many things for stamping different shapes, textures, or the supplies sections might have bags of lace, buttons, zippers, or felt or……
- Tour your town or city with a sketchbook and camera.
- Walk in nature with your camera or sketchbook.
- Walk out into an open area and watch the clouds.
- Go to the local park and write a letter to someone who inspires you or you have been missing.
- Go spend time in your yard or garden.
- Treat yourself to a massage.
- Go to the local hardware store and see what you can buy for $10 that you can use in your studio.
- Go to the local cafe or coffee shop with your sketchbook or journal.
These are just some ideas, I’m sure you can come up with many more that work for you. Doesn’t matter what it is, just commit to at least 1 hour a week just for YOU! Think of this time as “filling your well.”
How do you replenish your creative well each week?