Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Artist Date

The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly “artistic”– think mischief more than mastery. Artist Dates fire up the imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play. Since art is about the play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing…                                                                                                                               -Julia Cameron
I took myself out to an Artist Date today to Wellington Garden Centre.   There was a sale on, so I thought I'd combine date and treat at the same time.  It was a resounding success!   The winter garden there is splendid.  Bird's song filled the air and the bare branches of deciduous trees along with winter greens was stunning.

Wellington specializes in statuary from France...

They have a gift shop that is like a candy shop for adults.

I took my time looking at everything they had.  They have many French imports in their gift shop too.
All Christmas tree ornaments were 70% off.  I do not need more Christmas ornaments.  But I bought a few to give as gifts next year.  They were irresistible.
Generally speaking, the merchandise is inspiring, well-chosen and  beautiful to look at.
Everywhere you look, there is a snapshot to take.  Eye candy so to speak.  Soul nourishment to feed the dormant artist.  When I was done, I let out a big sigh and took myself down the garden path for a few more glimpses at the winter wonderland without a lot of the snow.

Where in your town could you go on an Artist's Date this holiday?

Bonne journée,


Linda said...

Planning on my artist's date tomorrow afternoon. Going to a new coffee house/pub within walking distance of my house. Hoping the atmosphere is rich and smells wonderful. A bit different than some other artist's dates . . . but that's ok!

labergerebasque said...

I will go to the local brocante this tomorrow and leaf through the recent treasure of paintings. When I have a bit more time (in the next 2-3 weeks) I will paint a picture. I hated the last one I did and have been afraid to try since. I had loved the one before that one :(