Last week I was scrolling my social media feed and stumbled upon a daily dose of creative goodness from Sharon Burton. I always look forward to seeing Sharon’s posts pop up- they are full of inspiring ideas, people, quotes, and images to nurture our creative spirit. Sharon recently founded Spark Your Creative to help others discover and strengthen their creative gifts. Sharon posted an encouraging invitation to think about scheduling Artist Dates for the new year, something she already practices and shares weekly. I thought to myself, “I want to do this!” and make a 2018 commitment to taking creative field trips and going on artful adventures- on my own and with others on and offline. I started to brainstorm some ideas….. with regular creative activities and practices I want to do more of, as well as new possibilities and experiences that I would like to do/try/enjoy over the next 12 months:
1. Art exhibits: In 2017, I had the amazing opportunity to experience Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room- The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away at The Broad when I was visiting Los Angeles. This summer, six of Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Rooms are coming to the Cleveland Museum of Art. This is definitely a must do local creative field trip in 2018! Is there an exhibit or artist you want to see this year?
2. Visit studio spaces.
3. Saturday Art Nights- with one of nights dedicated to playing with alcohol inks and watercolor on Yupo paper.
4. Take an art class.
5. Have an art movie night.
6. Organize my creative space and art materials, supplies- I realllly need to do this.
7. Blog more- One of my social media goals for this year is to begin regularly blogging more again! I’m trying out this editorial blogging journal to help support content, planning, and scheduling.
8. Replenish my magazine photo collage stash- I always find the process relaxing and inspiring! Made some progress on taking time to do this already! Doing another paper stash swap this year would also be fun!
9. Take a visit to Michael’s with my new giftcard. I would like to venture out for a visit to Blick this year too!
10. Take $5 to spend on items to use for an art project at a dollar store. See how far you can stretch it. (#81 of Julia Cameron’s 101 Artist Date Ideas)
11. Bob Ross Art of Chill Board Game Playing- We recently played this during a Saturday art night and once we got all the rules and concept figured out, it was a fun time….
12. Follow, connect to, and be inspired by more art, artists, creatives, and art communities/organizations on social media.
13. Learn a new art technique or media.
14. Discover new artist blogs and revisit my favorites.
15. Organize a local art therapist meet up to hang out, make some art, and have fun together!
16. Create a new creative offering online.
17. Remain socially engaged in arts and art therapy advocacy through reaching out to, visiting with, and building relationships with legislators, policy makers, and stakeholders.
18. Invite spontaneous opportunities for creative connection and mindful moments of creativity!
What kind of artist dates, creative field trips, and artful adventures do you want to take in 2018?