A creative escape is a little time-out-of-time that you carve from your schedule to devote to running away to art.
A creative escape is like getting away for a romantic weekend with your lover except in this case your lover is your creative nature. It is a chance to fall back in love with music, poetry, and silence.
As you organize your time, using, for example, a three-month planner, pencil in one day every two weeks to get away from your usual routine and re-experience your love of art. This day away is a good idea whether you are stalled or working productively on a project.
If you're stalled, your escape will help you unblock. If you're working hard, it will provide some needed rest and a breath of fresh air. Your creative escape can be at home, with a new art book, at the local lake or museum, or a long drive away, to a forest that inspires you or a mountain glen that moves you. Bring poetry; or be poetry.
Make a nice, long list of creative escapes. Number the items on your list and use stick-ons to mark your calendar with upcoming escapes. Ten creative escapes in a three-month period is really not too many! •
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Eric Maisel is the author of Making Your Creative Mark, Brainstorm, The Van Gogh Blues, and other books on creativity and living a meaning-filled artistic life. More