I have just very recently begun the 12 week course of “The Artists Way” by Julia Cameron.
It’s described as a guide to help recover you creative self and I had read endless great reviews about it. The book claims to have helped many people around the world discover their inner artist including the likes of Alicia Keys, Pete Townshend of The Who, and Russel Brand.
It isn’t aimed at any one sort of Artistic type, and is inclusive for painters, writers, dancers, directors, potters, photographers, poets and everyone else!
So obviously I figured this all sounded pretty intriguing and even though I still draw regular and consider myself to be rather creative, I am really interested to see what this course can do for me.
On the very first page Julia explains that the course can be viewed as a spiritual path and that whoever is using the book (which she says is different to reading it) should do so with an open mind, you can gain something from the tools, whether you’re religious, or not, or anywhere in between.
So week 1…
The introduction of “Morning Pages” – 3 pages of stream-of-consciouness each morning, that will never, and should never see the light of day. As of now, I’m a little unconvinced on the benefits of these, but I’ll willing to try it and I’ll let you know!
The other main tool of this book is “The Artist Date” – my take on this is that is is some time put to one side just for you to spend looking for inspiration and being creative. It doesn’t necessarily have to be art-related, (in my case) it could be as simple as going for a walk or doing a self portrait, they have a whole list of ideas on their blog here if you’re interested.
So I’ll guess we’ll see what happens, it can’t do any harm? And the many, many creative people who swear by “The Artists Way” can’t all be wrong right?