Upon my urging, my lovely friend, Trishell, has begun the creative process of The Artist’s Way (you can read all about her fun adventures in creativity here). As we discussed our experiences with Julia Cameron’s book, our conversation naturally moved to artist dates. These are essentially the weekly homework assignments when working through The Artist’s Way. Artist Dates are easy in concept–take an hour to yourself and play. Go somewhere, do something inspiring, playful or otherwise creatively nourishing.
Trishell explained she had always loved art and being creative, but she hadn’t done much hands-on art since high school (about 10 years ago). I offered to art night with her sometime, if she were interested. Art nights originated while I was in collage and included life modeling/drawing with friends, cutting and pasting images from magazines, collaborative art pieces, etc. Art night was simply sitting around playing with art materials for the fun of being creative and being around friends. The final product was irrelevant.
Sitting on the floor in my studio I explained what and where things were, to an obviously overwhelmed but enthusiastic Trishell. She spent almost 45 minutes just watching me work and asking questions before she finally took a deep breath, picked some acrylic paint and began. She gradually gained confidence as she worked, but I know she was still nervous and overly critical of her work even as she finished. However, I know next time, she will embrace the process even more.