I've been seeing The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron mentioned on a number of art blogs. So, I thought I'd pick up a copy and give it a try. It's a book that's supposed to help you get in touch with your creativity. Two activities that it advocates are things called morning papers and artist dates. I haven't started either of these yet, but will begin the morning papers tomorrow.
Basically, it sounds like morning papers are three pages of hand written stream of conscious rambles to be done each and every morning. The point is to get all the extra baggage that's knocking about in your brain out - everything from random thoughts, to negative feelings about your work, to sources of stress. The idea seems to be that once these thoughts are down on paper you can begin to focus more on positive creativity.
Yeah, I know. It sounds a little woo-woo. But, as someone who has a lot of stress pent up inside of her... I'll give it a try. Hey, what can it hurt?
The other key component sounds a lot more fun. The artist dates are like play dates you set up for yourself. Once a week you're to spend time doing something that interests you and nurtures your creativity, whether that involves going to an art museum or hitting the beach. The point is to make yourself feel special. That sounds nice.
As you can guess, I won't be sharing the morning papers. I've a feeling that some of the stuff I write is not going to be fit for public consumption. But, the artist dates could be fun to share. Most of these will be simple things like visiting the book store or comic shop. Others may involve going to the Boston MFA or walking around downtown Plymouth. If possible, I'll take pictures. If not, I'll just talk about it.
I'm kind of curious about what the results of these two projects will be. The truth is, I'm a little ball of stress and anxiety most of the time. I try to hide it online because no one wants to deal with a stressed out Darc. I'm hoping taking the time to write things out and have a little fun will help relieve some of the tension. Again, what can it hurt to try?
"Art becomes a spiritual process depending upon the degree of commitment that you bring to it. Every experience becomes direct food for your art. Then your art teaches you about life."
-- Nick Bantock