Gathering Part 2 – More on  Artist Dates.

I have a couple of questions about your artist dates..

  • Did you get yourself a nice blank notebook on your first artist date last week?
  • Did you record your first artist date?

Schedule time in your calendar to do this on a weekly basis. This time has to be NON NEGOTIABLE!! You will be amazed at the number of things that come up to try and sabotage this time.

When this happens, the first thing to do is FEEL into how this makes you feel… angry, sad, frustrated, annoyed,hopeless?  What is it? And allow yourself to really feel it.  Is there anything under that – deeper down.  This is important because these things that are coming up for you in that moment are going to be blocks to your creativity and they need to be felt and allowed to dissipate, rather than shoved back down and forgotten. Cry if you need to. Rage at your punching bag or what ever.  However don’t project your emotion onto anyone else, because this isn’t about  them it’s about you.

Once you do this, you will find that the universe stops sending you all these annoying interruptions! Okay so now you have your book and some time, we just need something to do, somewhere to go…. One of my favourite Artist Dates is going to interesting curio shops, where you find all manner of interesting things like these …….

Artist Dates special finds



or these…..

Artists Dates special finds

So next make a list of things you would love to do for your Artist Dates.

Write the list in your Artist Date Journal. Perhaps put it at the back so it is easy to find and you can add to it whenever you want.  You might even want to represent it on a mind map, so it can grow organically, as one thing will often lead you into something else. Now decide where/what you are going to do for the next 2 artist dates and schedule them in your Day Planner.  Always be at least a week ahead with what you want to do, so you can plan for it in advance and don’t give yourself any opportunity to make excuses of the I’m not prepared to do that variety. Make sure to take your notebook and your phone or camera. Take fotos and make notes about your artist dates every time you go on one.


This Weeks Question: Would you like to share some of the things you like to do for an artist date to give all of us some inspiration? Please post a comment.

Next week look for:  Discussion on another artist quality – that of Dreaming and Imaginating