Author Julia Cameron in her book The Artist's Way recommends that all artists regardless of genre need to get out and observe - take in - explore other arts and nature. She suggests that we make a regular habit of scheduling time for this. She calls it an artist's date. A date with yourself to a nature walk, a concert, a poetry reading, an art gallery or museum, your local symphony, someplace that you can experience creativity be it in God's natural world or that of humankind. I don't do enough of this.
About a week ago I put an event on my calendar as an artist date and attended it last night 5-26-27. I was a low key event at a coffee house in Liberty, MO in which performing artist Deanna Ray played music from Her CD Summerland as well as some new material.
I've heard Deana Ray before. She is an extraordinary young artist that writes the lyrics and music of most of the songs she performs. She exhibits painstaking control of her voice. Is adapt on several instruments. Her influences are many but significantly pop, jazz and folk.
It was a relaxing and inspiring evening. The picture above was taken after the event. I came away feeling recharged. I think that defines what an Artist Date should be about.
We haggled over geography.
It’s all arbitrary until it’s your own.
~Michael Wells from poem titled "The Bed" Apeiron Review - Issue 5
April came and went as it does every year. This year I successfully completed a poem draft a day, the result of which is a handful of poems from the 30 written may actually see the light of day. These of course are still mostly in a draft form some have been reworked already. This will hopefully give me some badly needed new material to submit
May is the conclusion of the Writer 2 Writer - 6 module program. It is time to make the best of what I have been able to learn from Ken Waldman, my mentor and the 24 other wonderful mentees that are a part of the Spring 2017 program. In the near future you will hear more about this wonderful program from me.
Michael Allyn Wells - notes & musings