Waking Up Your Creativity

by Julie Claire on October 5, 2016

There are so many ways to spend our time. If we want to create the environment for our own emergence, sometimes we have to “do” something a little different.

julie taking picture sand dunes

Sometimes we need to literally schedule our time for playing outside the box, reigniting the wild and experimental within us.

One of my favorite treasures from the book The Artist’s Way (1992) by Julia Cameron is her idea of artist’s dates. Remember those?

Recently I re-read Julia’s description of them:

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…… 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.

(Julia Cameron, Juliacameronlive. com)

Still a revolutionary idea!

It’s not always obvious that meandering through galleries or taking pictures of street signs is going to feed our art life, but somehow in the spirit of play and “mischief” it does!


Another way to get things moving….Recently there was an art exhibition at the Denver Art Museum titled:  Women in Abstract Expressionism and quite a few of the women who paint with me went to see it.

Each woman who saw it came back beaming and re-inspired to paint and to go for it!  Woman after woman shared with me the great impact seeing really big,  beautiful, bold and expressive paintings had on them.

What art shows, art spaces are there where you live that might intice you to pick up the brush or pen? What artist date might you schedule in for yourself?  

No one I have every worked with regrets the time they have taken  to court their inner artist in one way or another:  We all want to get out of the box.

Why not start today? Let’s live a little, shall we?

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