Tuesday, February 9, 2010
The Artist Date
I got to take myself on an artist date this past weekend! I am reading a second book by Julia Cameron called Walking in This World. Any of you who are creative would benefit from reading her books. Yes, they are in the "self-help" section of your book store. But who can't use a little help here and there? I have to say that these books have helped me tremendously with my creations.
Anyhow, back to the artist date... The Artist Date is when you take your creative self out to do something that you enjoy - such as see a play, or go to the park. I needed some new textures for my clay (which I always do) and went to this old antique shop that I last visited about 10 years ago. I love old things. Locks, irons, tables, whatever. For me, though, in order to keep such things, they must be functional. I can't have a bunch of nick-naks sitting around my house. To me, it's clutter.
I spent about an hour scanning shelves and found some really neat things. Some old chandelier parts, a thermometer, a piece of iron - not sure what it is, and a wooden box. All of which will make some great new textures. I look forward to using them for my next batch of tiles.