Thursday, August 27, 2009

Getting Stuck on the Artist's Date....

This must be my week for learning about myself because this morning while writing my pages I realized why the artist date is something I dread. Part of it is where I live. I'm not surrounded by museums, art galleries, or even cool thrift shops and antique shops. We live in an area with a lot of chain stores and restaurants but nothing really unique. It's basically plain and not very culturally stimulating!

That's problem #1....and then the date is supposed to be special because you spend the time alone with yourself and don't depend on someone else to entertain you. So here comes problem #2! Everything I do, I do alone! I don't know anyone around here so when I want to do something, I do it alone. The only exception is the weekends when HB is home. So I'm having a little bit of trouble getting excited about an artist date with myself when I spend all my time with myself already! I have to work on this one. Any suggestions would be appreciated!!

Today I got out and went to Michael's because I had a coupon for art supplies. I had previously looked at Michael's and Joann's (the only two places that carry anything resembling art supplies around here!) and neither one of them had black gesso. I had put it on the list of things to get from Dick Blick when I make my next order....but today I found a small bottle of it! I can't wait to try it out.

I used my coupon to get some paint, a few canvases, and the gesso. Now I just need to get busy and use them. August is almost over and I will not be doing the journal class with Kelly in September but I will continue to do my journal pages on my own. And I have some other things I've been working on that need to get finished up. I was hoping the weather would surprise me and cool off by then but I don't think so. We're expecting a high of 106ยบ today! I feel like a limp dishrag!

Here is my page for today....

Aug 27:

Have a peaceful day....


  1. Hi Janet....I have an idea for your Artist date. Why don't you go to Barnes & Noble, pick out some art or journaling books,then sit down and have a cup of tea while you browse through the books.

    I went to B&N today, and sat and had a cappuccino while I wrote in my journal. It was very soothing and relaxing.

  2. Hi Janet i love your page for today and a great sentiment too
    Hugs June x

  3. What a beautiful uplifting page! And I know what you mean...I don't have to go anywhere for peace and quiet ... I go places to be around other people!

  4. Give peace a chance is what came to mind. Love this page.
    Hugs, Mary

  5. I sure hope your wish on your page comes true! (Great page)

  6. I think your journal pages are so amazing and insightful! Yes I woul d have a prob with the date too as I do a lot of things alone as DH is away at work a lot! keep us posted on what you decide to do though re date, as it might give me a few ideas!

  7. The Artist's Date is one of my problems too seeing as I do everything on my own (goes with living alone, doesn't it.)

    One idea I can give you is to buy a kid's coloring book and some crayons and just have fun with your inner child. Or take your journal or sketchbook and go somewhere other than your studio to create, like a coffee shop or a park (when the weather gets cooler, of course.) I hope those ideas help a little.

    Oh and I wanted to tell you that you inspired me to start my morning pages again. So thank you for that!


  8. hi Janet, I hear you , I also do everything alone. Sometimes what I do just like Joyce I go to second cup, have a muffin and hot chocalte (i dont drink coffee) and read the paper and try to think of topics for my art and jot them down in a book I have brought with me.

  9. Janet,
    OK< So it is too hot to get out.
    Turn on the air and sit a fan down on the floor, lay a beach towel out. Put your swim suit on turn on beach music, lay back close your eyes and dream. Here the waves.

  10. I LOVE that page, Janet....there's just something about greens and blues together that make me happy....good choice of colours to compliment the words.

    The artist date has always been difficult for me too...for the opposite reason. I'm just not used to doing stuff alone as I most always have one of the kids with me and I would feel guilty leaving them behind. I know, therein is my own self-sabotage.

    Remember too, that the artist date doesn't have to mean visiting museums, galleries, can just be about doing something we wouldn't ordinarily do. You could take a leisurely stroll collecting pieces from nature along the way. Why not lie out on a picnic rug in your own backyard, with a wine, some cheese and crackers, and maybe do some cloud watching? I did something similar the other week, minus the wine, and it was sooooo much fun!

  11. Janet,

    Artists dates, here is what I came up with.
    Craft stores, go to library and pick out art books to peruse. Also use a book store for this. Go to a park with you journal and do art there. If there is water, either a river or lake nearby, take you sketchbook and draw there. Dance in your back yard or front yard or living room. Spend time in a fabric store just looking at all the colors in the fabric. Take a drive to another town and look at the buildings and houses there, see if there is anything of architectural interest. Go to a furniture store and study the fabrics and colors used. Go to a paint store, look at paint samples for some art ideas. Look at all the home improvement magazines and study color or style or design. Any of these things will take you out of your real space and move to a new one where new ideas may infuse your art.


  12. love your page for today. Hope it cools down for you a bit that is just too hot.
    I had not heard of an Artist date before, but I got the gist from reading the comments and it sounds like a wonderful thing to do.
    I too like to go to a book store Barnes and Noble or Borders and sit and peruse the art and craft books, I get some wonderful ideas and usually a great book to take home. It is peaceful and quiet the two things that make me happy.

  13. My suggestion for your artist date is do something that works for you. Adjust it however you need to. Try not to get so caught up in the it-has-to-be-this-way-or-it's-wrong thinking. Who cares if the book says do it this way or that way? I say, do it your way!

  14. Love your journal page, Janet..wonderful colors...I am getting closer to the journal "bug", my dear DIL is getting me to crafting and being artsy!! LOL...
    Have a pleasant weekend...

  15. a visit to the art supply shop can be an artists date. When I did the AW last time, a woman in the group had her toe nails painted red!!

  16. Janet - Everything I do I do by myself, except for my semi-monthly lunch dates with my sis. It's a good think I enjoy my own company or I would go nuts.

    I also live in a culturally barren area.

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  18. The artist date sounds like work, why not make it do what you do best, do online gallery tours or youtube show and tells, could be anything from Ancient Egyptian stuff...

    to how to make 7 layer bars...

    It's all art, isn't it?

  19. Cool, cool work, love it all.


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