In November, right after I had surgery, I decided to take a few weeks off from quilting and to do some "Creative Cross Training." I was tired (from surgery, from the mental fatigue of the ongoing pandemic, and from the stress of the upcoming presidential election) and uninspired. I needed a change. So I decided to work through Laura Kemshall's Sketchbook Challenge. And I think the change of pace has done me a lot of good.
Did any of you read The Artist's Way? I did, many years ago. Author Julia Cameron talks about going on artist dates -- intentionally getting out and doing something, usually all by yourself, that feeds your creative soul and provides inspiration. It can be a walk in the park, a trip to the cinema, a visit to a museum, a shopping expedition at a garden center, a coffee at a sidewalk cafe....anything that provides visual stimulation and that gets you out of your studio.
In theory, play time in another artistic discipline can make you a better artist in your own. It can jumpstart your imagination. It can ignite a spark of whimsy. And it is just plain fun!