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Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Artist's Way and Artist Dates

My tattered copy of The Artist's Way
I'm participating with an online group working through the The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron.  I did it on my own years ago and it was a transformative experience.  I was hopelessly blocked, or so I felt at the time.  Little by little working through the 12 weeks of The Artist's Way [writing daily Morning Pages (three pages of long-hand writing), taking a weekly Artist Date (a block of time dedicated to a solo outing to replenish one's soul), and working through tasks at the end of each chapter], a good deal of whatever was stopping me from making art melted away.

This time around I'm adding a Weekly Walk.  I walk more than once a week, but for my AW Walks I'm taking routes other than my usual ones.  Sometimes I find sort of neat things as I walk.

Random piece of heavy equipment and an action figure found on a walk
This time, as with last time, I am having a terrible time with Artist Dates! Why is it so hard for me to do something just for fun?  I don't have any problem working through three pages of long-hand writing every day!  Or completing the tasks at the end of each chapter.  Or even a taking weekly walk.

I decided Monday would be my day for Artist Dates.  Well, two of the places on my list to visit are closed on Mondays.  I changed my plans and headed off in another direction.  First I went to Staples and bought some notebooks for Morning Pages and some animal shaped paperclips.  Silly.

 Notebooks for Morning Pages & silly paperclips.
Then I went to Petco to visit the animals.  That was a little depressing.  The rodents seemed happy enough, but the birds looked sort of forlorn as caged birds sometimes do.  I had to exchange a watch battery that I bought earlier.  They didn't have the right one, so I had to go to yet another store.

One of several Timex watches I have come to possess.
My Artist Date was starting to feel like just another day of errands.  I decided to go to a bookstore I like and found two wonderful bargain books and a really neat notebook that is cleverly designed to turn inside out, revealing yet another notebook!  I love buying notebooks, sketchbooks, and blank books.  Eventually I fill them too.

Two finds from the sale bin at the bookstore.
I'm declaring my Artist Date a limited success.  The next one will be less retail oriented... I hope.


  1. HI Deb, Happy to hear about your artist date adventures. I love blank books too.

  2. Hi Linda! I love them even more now that I actually fill them! I used to just collect them and they'd sit on a shelf. That's one for The Artist's Way!