I have been “wasting time” as some would say, though I am not one of them. Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way advocated taking oneself on an “artist’s date” and that’s what I’ve been doing today, though without ever leaving my little quilting/computer room. A lot of Cameron’s ideas may seem overblown, but the morning pages and the artist’s date have helped me a lot at various times.
(I began writing this yesterday. Today I’ve spent the entire day with my grandchildren which is another sort of artist’s date.)
An artist’s date is going somewhere (or not) and looking at or hearing or experiencing something that satisfies something and inspires you to something. It can be anything, a walk in a woods, a trip to a museum, looking at fabric shops – anything. It can be reading poetry or listening to beautiful music or to the laughter of children.
Yesterday I was looking at the covers of women’s magazines from the 1920s. I enjoy this kind of art, chocolate boxy though some may call it. It has a domestic appeal and a lovely line and good color when it is being well done. And it makes me want to draw or do watercolor. At the very least, it makes me feel happy. So I hope you will enjoy a few happy magazine covers from long ago and therefore, far away.
Here are a few examples:
There is a theme here – Spring and warmer, more flowery days are ahead….Today was in the mid-60s though tomorrow we may have snow though there is little agreement on how much. But at this time of year these snows don’t bother me because I believe them to be short-lived.