EXERCISE: Artist Date, Assigned Play

 

An Artist Date, Assigned Play

An Artist Date, Assigned Play

An ‘Artist Date’ is a creative tool conceived by best-selling author of the Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron.

Directly from her website:

Artist Dates are assigned PLAY…

‘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. Since art is about the play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing our inner wellof images and inspiration. When choosing an Artist Date, it is good to askyourself, “what sounds fun?” — and then allow yourself to try it.”

The Artists Way- Creative Resource

The Artists Way- Creative Resource

Why is this an effective creative tool? Creativity can come to anyone who wants it but you have to put yourself, the artist, into a receptive to state in order to allow it.

Take yourself somewhere special- break the routine and do something that excites and delights you. Treat yourself a little extra special and it will open the door to inspiration. Blocks will become unblocked and new ideas have the potential to flow into your creative spirit, if that is your belief or intention.

The best word  in describing the Artist’s Date is flow (a steady, continuous stream of something). Artist dates help in increasing your flow of creativity. If you would like a little more inspiration in your life, take yourself on an extra special date.

(You can read more about ‘Artist’s Dates‘ in Julia Cameron’s best selling book, ‘The Artists Way‘)

-written by Lyrica Glory, founder of Patron of the Arts