“An artist date is a block of time, perhaps two hours weekly, especially set aside and committed to nurturing your creative consciousness, your inner artist.  The artist date is an excursion, a play date that you preplan to defend against all interlopers. You do not take anyone on this artist date but you and your inner artist, a.k.a your creative child. That means no lovers, friends, spouses, children, – no taggers on of any stripe.”

The Artist’s Way. Julia Cameron.

……Sounds good to me! This has got to be my favourite quote turned practical mantra of the year. The weekly artist date “toute seule!” Some of my dates have included finding the closest art gallery to one of my weekly meetings in a new town, a wool shop with its sweetie coloured balls of yarn ready to be made into cosy creations, a country walk with an ancient unlocked church to explore somewhere en route, Liberty in London shop displays, or at an extreme getting on an aeroplane and going somewhere totally new like Vienna, Austria to see the Leopald Gallery, the third floor gallery wall depicted here!

Every week I think about my artist’s play date as seriously as a proper date.