¨One of the basic tools of The Artist’s Way is the Artist Date: a once- weekly, solo effort to do something fun, and alone. An Artist Date is not meant to be high art. It’s simply to take yourself out on a ‘date’ that sounds like an adventure you would enjoy. ¨ From the book the Artist’s way for parents by Julia Cameron.
Last year I worked through Julia Cameron’s ¨El camino del Artista¨ and going on an Artist Date became part of my weekly routine: I went on solo surf and swim sessions, strolled along markets, shopped in second-hand shops, watched movies, spent time in bookshops, the library and attended a workshop. As a new mom I want to set the stage for enthusiasm and go on creative adventures with my son. Getting to know him, discovering what mom I am and how I want to be as a mom are part of the journey. Now that he’s so little our dates are more ‘mini Artist Dates’ but that’s just fine.
When we were in San Sebastián we visited the (free) exhibition ¨Berenice Abbott’s Topografías¨ at Tabakalera and I made this journal page. As I was with Erwin I didn´t have much time, however, even half an hour looking at art inspired me.
I hope you’ll try to go on an Artist date too! I’m excited for you as for me it connects me to myself more than anything. Please let me know in a comment below how your date went. I’d love to get inspiration from you!
P.S. If you’re a (wannabe) artist or you just want to start looking for a more creative way of living I can recommend Julia Cameron’s book the Artist’s way. She mentions God quite a lot but don’t let this put you off!