The Importance of Artist Dates

In her book “The Artist’s Way”, Julia Cameron talks about the importance of going on artist dates once a week in order to develop your creative muscles. I’ve always believed in artist dates, but am often to busy or distracted to actually take the time to invest in them on a regular basis.

One of the best things I’ve done recently is to get a membership for the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema here in Toronto. It is one of the leading documentary cinemas in the world, and home to the Hot Docs festival every year.

Until these past few weeks, I had never really stopped to reflect on how much I enjoy watching documentary film, but since joining the Bloor Cinema I find myself wanting to see many deserving films. Since Boxing Day alone, I’ve seen three amazing films:

2014 Cannes Lion’s Awards – The World’s Best Commercials. If you ever have a chance to see these awards at your local movie theatre, I highly recommend it. I’ve seen the Cannes Lion’s Awards several years now, and they never disappoint. It’s always fascinating to see the sheer genius and creativity behind many of these commercials, especially the foreign ones.

National Gallery. Although a bit long at three hours, this was a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the famous London gallery. Here is the trailer:

And today, I went to see Hermitage Revealed. Shorter than the National Gallery doc at a mere 1.5 hours long, it was a beautiful look at the history and the art inside this St. Petersburg gallery. It was especially interesting to me because I had recently read a few historical fiction books about Catherine the Great, who built up her collection to an incredible (and slightly insane) level. Here is the trailer to the film:

Seeing these films has without a doubt been inspiring for me artistically and creatively. What do you do to stay creative? Do you go on artist dates?

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The Leslieville Flea

Leslieville Flea Winter/Spring Schedule

I’m super excited to be a first-time vendor at the Leslieville Flea next Sunday, January 18. I’ve visited the Flea several times during the summer, and it always has lots to see and do. During the winter months, the Flea takes place in Toronto’s beautiful Distillery District, inside the Fermenting Cellar. I’ve been busy these past few weeks making lots of new items, since there really wasn’t much stock left over after the holiday fairs.

In early December, I met Lynn from Lynn’s Lids at the Crafternoon Tea event, where we were neighbours. Lynn will also be a vendor at the Leslieville Flea and has very kindly offered to profile me on her blog – check our her blog post! Thank you, Lynn!

Quick Recap of 2014

Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe we’re already 10 days into the new year – sheesh, where does the time go? I have to say 2014 was a pretty amazing year for me (though you’d never know it from the number of blog posts!).

A few highlights include:

    > Working at a pesky day job that I love, with colleagues that I truly enjoy being around
    > Travelling to Portland, Oregon to attend the World Domination Summit
    > Meeting AJ Jacobs and becoming involved with his Global Family Reunion project
    > Travelling to Italy with three of my closest friends – three out of four of us celebrated our 40th birthdays in 2014, so we figured we would do it in style (and with lots of wine!)
Meeting AJ Jacobs in Portland, OR

Meeting AJ Jacobs in Portland, OR

WDS 2014

WDS 2014

Il Duomo, Florence Italy

Il Duomo, Florence Italy

Me and my friend David

Me and my friend David

Beautiful Venice, Italy

Beautiful Venice, Italy

I’ve slowly been working on figuring out my goals (personal and professional) for 2015. What are your plans for this year?