The Artist Date-Creative Renewal

In 1994 I found Julie Cameron’s Best-Selling book called “The Artist’s Way.”

It was a life-line in the choppy sea of life.

One of her suggestions is to commit to one “Artist Date” each week. Artist Dates are assigned play. It is a festive, solo expedition to explore anything that interests you. It doesn’t need to be overtly artistic. Artist dates fire up imagination, spark whimsy, and encourage play. To me, they feel like taking off a bra at the end of a long day…Since art is about the play of ideas, the dates feed creative work by replenishing our inner well of images and inspiration. Just ask, “what sounds fun?” and then allow yourself to do or try it.

My artist date today was a trip to Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland. I loved the quiet and the sounds of children playing. Maybe these colors and forms will show up in one form or another in my abstract and contemporary art pieces.




Brookside Gardens 1


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Cover Painting, “Earth Strata 2” Cate Frazier-Neely, Acrylic Paint applied with Palette Knife to Canvas, 2016


  1. Love this, and LOVE Julia Cameron! Her newest book is coming out on April 19th, “It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond.” Looking forward to reading it.


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