Julia Cameron describes the Artist Dates as “assigned fun”.
“It is a once-a-week, solo expedition on which you explore something that interests or entrances you. Expect to meet resistance when you propose to yourself doing something fun. Artist Dates… are assigned play. And even though we give lip service to the phrase “the play of ideas,” we don’t always truly understand how fun can help us.”
She gives examples of Artist Dates in her book and on her video. For all of that, it can be a little daunting to come up with ideas of what to do and where to go. I’m hoping that if we share ideas, we might spark something creative in someone else. Please add your comments, ideas, and thoughts below, and keep coming back to this page over and over again to leave inspiration and acquire new ideas.
We did a simple Artist Date over the weekend. We drove into The City (Portland) to a book store. We split up and looked at different things. Cee found some books to inspire her art work and writing.
I came upon a book that simply took my breath away, “All Over the Map: A Cartographic Odyssey”. (Did I mention I’m a bit of a nerd? I love maps.) It’s a National Geographic book, so you know the art work is stunning. I didn’t feel good about the $50 price tag. Oh, it was worth it, but I had a little twinge of poverty thinking going on. I found it on Amazon for $31. Happy non-birthday to me! How will it inspire me? It lifted my spirits, so that’s a good start. Other than that, I’ll wait to see what happens next.
Artist Dates don’t have to be big, bold adventures. Sometimes the ordinary can do just as well, if you go into it with a fresh intention to be inspired.