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Ideas for Artist Dates




There are plenty of dates you can take yourself on. Even in lockdown. Here's some I've done personally.


· Wander around a museum following your curiosity


· Buy your favourite wine/drink and food, then take yourself off in your car or campervan just a short walk from your house. Sit there with your journal, playing your favourite tunes, enjoying your treats. Walk home. I’ve done this numerous times. My longest stint was 6 hours.


· Go out to a restaurant and just order pudding (OK - not actually done yet but would love to)


· Take yourself off for a day long walk just on your own. Wear a ball dress if it takes your fancy


· Wander around your neighbour taking paths or roads you’ve never taken before


· Get up early and watch the sunset with a hot drink


· Paint in the rain and go with what it does to your painting


· Write a letter to someone you’ve lost touch with and miss


· Try something new in the comfort of your home with YouTube – like t’ai chi or belly dancing


· Draw a self portrait or take an arty selfie


· Write a vision of what you hope your life looks like in 10 years time


· Go to a comedy club – especially good if you are alone


· Do a boudoir shoot


· Spend time with a poet


· Dance on your own; if not in a club then even around your kitchen counts (my favourite is Sara Cox's half wow-er)


· Stay in a youth hostel even if you’re 43


· Go back to the first pub you ever managed to get in and have a legal drink there


· Go for a walk talking to yourself for at least 7.5 minutes


· Book your village hall and do a talk on something that is important to you


· Imagine and create the superhero you would be if you had superpowers (complete with name, skills, outfit...)


· Ask someone you've recently met, that you like, to go on a playdate with you (yes, technically artists dates 'should' be solo but the first rule of creativity is there are no rules)


· Crash a wedding


· Do a physical challenge that really pushes your body beyond what you thought you could do - like a triathlon for me


· Write your memoir


· Start a blog or podcast – tell the world what you think


There are loads of other ideas here.




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