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An Artist’s Date

Updated on March 13, 2012

As artists a lot of creativity, inspiration and magic is necessary to keep doing what we do. We draw from the well inside of us and out comes art. Photography, music, poems, books, paintings and hundreds of other things. But what happens when the well dries up, we were going along magnificently and then all of the sudden, we grind to a halt. That’s it no more.

Then is is time for an artist’s date.

What’s an Artist’s Date?

Well, it’s a date. With your inner artist. Take yourself out, just the two of you and restock that well. An artist’s date is a time to be alone and to just observe and take in the world around you. It is a chance to, without interruption, find things in the world that speak to you inner artist and rehydrate them so that when you return to your canvas, laptop, camera, or potter’s wheel you can return to being the creative person you are.

An artist’s date doesn’t have to be a big elaborate deal. It can be, if you want to take your inner artist on a weekend trip to Vegas, Napa or the South of France, go for it. But if you want to spend Tuesday morning at the farmers market that will work just as well.

Some artists have a day of the week that they spend regenerating them selves and filling their brain with ideas for the coming week (mine is Friday), some take an entire weekend once a month and that works for them while still others give themselves an hour every day for a mini date and take themselves on a walk or shopping. Whatever works for you is the right way to do it, everyone will be different.

The most important thing about an artist’s date is to NOT think about your art. You are filling up the well not figuring out how to use what you find.

25 Ideas for an Artist's Date

  • Visit to the beach
  • The Cemetery
  • Hike in the mountains
  • Walk in the Neighborhood
  • See a vintage film
  • An Ethnic Grocery Store
  • Lie still and listen to music
  • Read a guilty pleasure book
  • The Zoo
  • A Thrift Shop
  • The Mall
  • A Coffee shop
  • A Flee Market
  • A Park
  • The Library
  • A Pet Store
  • A Souvenir Shop
  • The Ballet
  • A Plant Nursery
  • A Car Drive
  • An Art Gallery
  • An History Museum
  • A Live Show
  • A Cheesy Tourist Attraction
  • A Farmers Market


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    • inevitablesecrets profile image

      inevitablesecrets 6 years ago from California

      Yeah, I'll take all the advice I can get lol. Yeah I am. It's cool

    • somethgblue profile image

      somethgblue 6 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      I was just joking with you, I see that you took my advice which is kind of cool . . . so are you enjoying HP's?

    • inevitablesecrets profile image

      inevitablesecrets 6 years ago from California

      Eaves Dropping works but it's not really a date activity lol

    • somethgblue profile image

      somethgblue 6 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      I'm almost fifty and that well has never dried up . . . two things have helped me!

      1. I have not limited myself to one specialty, I enjoy painting on or off the computer, writing, photography, illustration on or off the computer, reading, sports the kind that make you sweaty, the outdoors and the list goes on . . .

      2. I have never grown up and remain young at heart, it's not for everyone but works for me!

      To me reading any book is as good as any of the above mentioned Well Replinishers, but thanks for sharing them with us!

      Oh yeah what about Eaves Dropping?