Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Artist's Date

A is for Artist.   I have a hard time calling myself an artist but I have to tell you that I never feel better than when I'm creating something. I don't make a living at it but I believe it is in my DNA.
 
This is my first post for the April A to Z Blog Challenge 2015.  I'm excited about the possibilities for learning new ideas and making new blogger friends. I participated last year and I went with a random theme. This year I decided to use the word "Create" as my theme, a word  I chose in January in place of a New Year's resolution. The word alone conjures up a lot of ideas ... so many that it makes my head spin some days.
 
I do want to tell you about my most recent artist's date inspired by Julia Cameron in her book, The Artist's Way. The Artist Date is a space of time one saves for themselves to rejuvenate and allow for creative juices to flow back in where work and daily living can suck the ideas dry. I'll be forever grateful to a mentor who pointed me to Julia's book.

Some of my favorite artist dates  are with a friend who loves photography and walking. We get together a couple of Sundays every year to snap photos and solve world problems. A couple Sundays ago it was quite chilly when we started out so we just took pictures of our dogs playing in her back yard. Even though it is spring here, I love how the cold air caused frosty breath in the morning sunrise. It was heaven.
 
Feeling creatively stuck? Make a date with your inner artist and see what happens.  What do you think you'll do? Where do you think you'll go? Will you feel weird taking yourself out on a date?  Try it!
 
love, susan 


14 comments:

  1. Love your thought provoking writing Susan... Encourages me to go and experience what you have found! Ralene

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    1. Hey Ralene! Thanks for dropping by and leaving me a comment. You'll see my updates on FB or your can subscribe to this blog by placing your email address in the "Follow by Email" field over to the right of this page. Do you see it there? Yeah, that'd be awesome!!! Susan

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  2. I look forward to your posts centered on Create. I have a box full of artist date ideas. The latest slip of an idea I pulled from the box: "Write a letter to the person you plan to be in ten years." I need to create time to do that.

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    1. Oh, Trudy, where did you get all the ideas to place in your artist date box??? Do tell!

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    2. I got most of the ideas by searching the Internet for Artist Dates and then adding some I thought of, especially for local events (like a hot air balloon festival). I have a list of over 100 ideas. I could send them to you in an email (too long to post in the comments).

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  3. Hi, Susan! I think it is the person inside that says we are an artist or not.

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    1. I know .... that voice! Thanks so much for dropping by!

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  4. Some wise words of advice, Susan. A great idea, too, for you and your friend to walk and talk as you take pictures. I like that better than just sitting over coffee and talking.

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    1. I know, right? PLUS, our dogs get out and run off some steam. Just so much more fun, although I do love "people watching" when sitting in a coffee shop. Thanks a million for stopping by!

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  5. Haven't heard of artist dates before, but I love the idea. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Such an interesting post, Susan. I'll give this a go and look for Julia's book.

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  7. Being creative is a weakness of mine. I once tried to work on my creative side by buying some canvases and paint. I ended up just recreating the logo of a sports club I like, using a ruler and pencil to make sure I got it all straight :P

    Michael D'Agostino, A-Z Challenge participant :)

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    1. The thing is ... don't give up! Thanks for dropping by. I so appreciate it!

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