Artist dates are an invaluable tool in any creative’s toolkit. Not only are they useful for replenishing our creative energy, but they also provide us with inspiration and opportunities to follow our curiosity with no agenda or distraction.
The concept comes from Julia Cameron’s 12-week course, The Artist’s Way. She introduces artist dates early in the course as a foundational practice, explaining:
“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…When choosing an Artist Date, it is good to ask yourself, “what sounds fun?” — and then allow yourself to try it.”
The beauty of these occasions is they have no agenda or motive, except to follow your curiosity. And they’re not just for artists (I certainly don’t consider myself any kind of art aficionado). Creatives of all persuasions can use artist dates to invigorate their craft.
Last week, I share two posts about this over on Becoming Who You Are. The first was about the magic and science of these dates: why they work, how they work and a few important guidelines for creating your own. The second included 52 ideas for artist dates (one for each week of the year) plus a free artist’s date planner you can download and use to plan, schedule and review your dates.
Check them out here:
Do you use artist dates? If so, what are your favourite suggestions? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!
Image: Sebastian Unrau