Artist Date: Window Shopping

Monday, April 20, 2009

So, I'm doing a book study on The Artist's Way (join me if you'd like). According to the book, "the purpose of this 12 week study is to recover your creativity from a  variety of blocks, including limiting beliefs, fear, self-sabotage, jealousy, guilt, addictions and other inhibiting forces, replacing them with artistic confidence and productivity."
As you may know I'm working on opening my own little shop in the coming months and thought this book would be perfect for getting me motivated and feeling confident enough to stop talking about it and actually do it.

One of the weekly tasks is the Artist Date... a block of time, 1-2 hours, set aside and committed to nurturing your inner artist. The key here, is that it has to be alone - no friends, no husband, no children. Alone.  I don't think I've been truly alone with time to just "nurture myself" since I had Jack 6 years ago! Sad, but true. And on the days when both kids are in school my day is jam packed with errands: grocery store, Target, house cleaning, yadda yadda yadda.

But I have committed. And to keep myself from cheating, I've decided to share my weekly Artist Dates with you in hopes that it will also encourage YOU to go out and find some inspiration in everyday places.

Artist Date: Week One 

We have a fabulous mall near me with tons of eye catching window displays. The problem? I'm usually hurrying to get my shopping done that I don't take time to look and appreciate. Well, this week I did. The rules were that I could only look - no shopping, no entering any stores, just appreciating the free art:

Billy Reid
(my favorite part? the map and 6 pack like they're heading out fishing)

Barneys (Downstairs)
Couldn't you just sit here and make up stories about what is going on in this scene?

Barneys (upstairs)
What kid wouldn't love to see it raining teddy bears?

DeBeers
I love the pattern of the glass so you just get a hint of what's sparkling inside.

Anthropologie
Have you ever seen a bad display at Anthropologie? I think not.

Ed Hardy
Loved the randomness of the tiger with the mermaid gazing from below.

Madewell
Love how they framed out the window and used such simple cutouts.

Where do you find inspiration? Where would you go for an Artist's Date with yourself?

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