Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way, says, “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 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.”
I’ve decided to incorporate artist dates into my writing life. I do need to adjust it a little bit; with my health issues, I can’t get out much, which means a lot of my artist dates will have to be at home and with the company of my children. But that’s OK — who better to bring out the child in you than children, themselves?
My first artist date was with our puppy, Wesley. With summer upon us, we pulled back the pool cover and took our first swim. For safety’s sake, Wesley needed to learn how to swim, so that he would know how to get out of the pool if he ever fell in.
I can’t say he loved it, but he definitely didn’t hate it, either.