Cameron recommends that we get out of the house for an hour a week--on our own--to someplace that is fascinating, enjoyable, and fun. She says, "You are romancing, wooing, courting your creative consciousness" (from The Right to Write). It is time alone and away for us and our inner artist. It helps to restock our reservoir of images from which we create our art, whether visual or written.
"If we lead a rich and varied life, we will have a rich and varied stock of ingredients from which to draw on," Cameron explains.
So today, thanks to a fabulous babysitter looking after my girls, I took my Inner Artist on a date to Manayunk, a community inside of Philadelphia, just under half an hour from where I live.
This tattoo shop drew my eye down another side street:
And in addition to some lovely murals, there is a delightful mosaic wall showing the birds local to Fairmount Park (located nearby):
I don't know the story behind these small visual vignettes, but there were a large number of them to be seen up and down Main Street:
I finished up my time with a cup of La Colombe coffee (the best!) at the Volo Coffeehouse. I've never taken one of those cheesy "in the mirror" self-portraits, so I today I thought, "What the heck!" So here I am at the coffeehouse (yes, yes, in the restroom...tacky, I know. At least I blocked the toilet and the toilet paper dispenser from view!). So now you know what I look like when I'm on a date with my inner artist!
For me, an excursion like this is as much about having a moment to myself, away from the chatter and questions of my girls, with whom I spend twelve non-stop hours each day. But I think it's clear that I "refilled my reservoir of images" at the same time; don't you agree?
Where do you like to go to add some richness and variety to life, to woo your inner artist, and restock your creative ingredients?