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An "Artist Date" with Caravaggio

January 26, 2010

Tags: artist date, Julia Cameron, Caravaggio, writing

For Julie Powell, it was Julia Child. For me, itís Julia Cameron, the author of THE ARTISTíS WAY, who has helped me sharpen a few pencils in my writerís tool box.

Sure, I've attempted, albeit unsuccessfully, to do her prescribed MORNING PAGES every day. But, I have found one of her other creative "prescriptions" even more delicious than Julia Childís Bruschetta (page 223) in Mastering the Art of French Cooking--it is her "artist date."

As you may or may not know, Cameron insists on weekly dates to "fill the artist" by committing to ďa two-hour block of time set aside to nurture your creative consciousness or your inner artist." I call it two hours of pure bliss. Well, if/when I have gotten around to going on them religiously as she suggests. But, I havenít always had (or made) the time to schedule dates (literally and figuratively) with anyone in my life lately. This year, however, is going to be different, on oh so many levels. (more…)