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Artist dates....


Earlier this week, I learned about "Artists Dates". How interesting, and how fun! 
What is an artist date you ask? Good question,  there are two main keys to 
Artist Dates from what I have read. First, all of these activities must be 
done solo. It is thought that if you bring someone along, anyone, You will 
act differently, do different things, and not listen to your inner voice.

The second key is listening to your inner voice. Put that inner critic aside 
and start making a list of activities your inner child would enjoy. 
We spend too many hours of the day keeping our inner child "under control." 
Plan some time to let her/him out to play!

When you make your list, include activities of varying lengths. 
It can be difficult to make time some weeks, so you'll want some options 
that require only a little bit of time.

Here are tons of ideas I picked up from everywhere {seems everyone
knows about this but me}

  • Visit an artist’s supply shop.
  • Spend some time outdoors with your journal, sketchbook, craft supplies, etc.
  • Go for a walk, and take your camera with you to document the experience.
  • Stop by the library, and check out some CDs.
  • Set a timer, and spend an hour working on something you’ve been putting off.
  • Create an artist’s workspace in your home.
  • If you don’t have an artist’s blog, start one.
  • Visit a “creative” shop that has nothing to do with what you actually do–
  • an art supply store, a fabric shop, a music store.
  • Grab a stack of magazines, and clip whatever looks interesting or cool to create your 
  • own inspiration board.
  • Support the local arts scene. Go to a local festival, music event, art show, play, museum exhibit, etc.
  • Plant something. Start your own herb garden. Butterfly garden. Plant a tomato or some bulbs. 
  • Go to a thrift store. Give yourself 5$ to spend and find something really great that you can do something creative with.
  • Take a walk on a nature trail. Take your camera.
  • Write a letter – longhand, on pretty paper – to an old friend.
  • Give yourself a beauty treatment – a cuticle treatment, a foot soak, exfoliation, hot oil treat, etc.
  • Go sit at the pond and play in your sketchbook.
  • Wine and dine yourself… go to dinner and a movie.
  • Spend some time browsing around and create a Favorites list – a list of items there that speak to you on a creative level – to refer back to and be creatively inspired by.
  • Take a walk with someone else’s iPod. Expose yourself to new music.
  • Move your body. Try Tai Chi, Pilates, yoga, bellydancing, etc.
  • Write a poem.
  • Plan a road trip.
  • Write a letter to the person you plan to be in ten years.
  • Schedule your yearly check-up appointments (eyes, teeth, physical, girl parts, etc.)
  • Take a self-portrait everyday for a week.
  • Have a massage or a facial.
  • Take a creativity course at the local community college or community center.
  • Go to an estate sale or a yard sale.
  • Mix a CD of songs that inspire you.
  • Mix a CD of songs that you’ve never heard before, that you simply like the titles of.
  • Find a fun, new creative blog to read.
  • Have a complete day of silence.
  • Have a technology-free day.
  • Watch a movie with the subtitles on.
  • Cook from scratch.
  • Have a silent day.
  • Take a day and go to a neighboring town and poke around.
  • Go to a local market.
  • Go to a u-pick farm.
  • Go for a walk around the neighborhood.
  • Create an accomplishment board
  • Create a vision board.
  • Make a “bucket list”.
  • Make a list of things you want to do before Christmas.
  • Make a list of thirty things you’d like to do before your next birthday.
  • Organize your closet.
  • Get a hammock.  Lie in it often.
  • Go for a bike ride.
  • Blare your favorite music while baking something delicious.
  • Fly a kite.
  • Take a hike (literally).
  • Take a day for yourself, and have a movie-thon
  • Go somewhere you haven’t been since you were a child.
  • Drive.  Aimlessly.
  • Take yourself on a picnic to the park.  (Dogs can go too.)
  • Go to a free museum.
  • Create an account at Pinterest.  Mark pictures that inspire you and make you want to create.
  • Take an hour and have tea.  Use your nice dishes, including the creamer.
  • People watch.
  • Collect fall leaves and then take photos of them in whatever neat compositions you can.
  • Read an old journal.
  • Take a walk around your town looking for heart-shaped objects (or any shape).  Take photos.
  • Buy a box of 64 crayons and a coloring book.  Have fun!
  • Go to an old graveyard.  Stay long enough to get spooked. 
  • Play tourist in your own town. 
  • Play at a park.  Swing.  Slide.  Hang from monkey bars.
Thanks to The Artist's Way blog for many of these ideas.

Do you go on artist's dates? If not, would you consider it?

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