An Artist Date

Photo by Ginny Banks of distressed art on brick wall.In addition to seeing our wonderful student art show in the BC gallery this summer, take yourself on an artist date (a la Julia Cameron author of The Artist’s Way). Most of the neighborhoods in Seattle and the cities of Bellevue, Kirkland and Issaquah have free art walks. This is an evening where galleries are open to showcase their latest work.  On these summer days when the weather is delightful, it is a great way to spend some time.

 Here is a link showing areas of walks, dates and times.  The Pioneer Square art walk is the first Thursday of the month.

 The Artist’s Way  is a book on creativity. I don’t always complete books on creativity. I have started a number of them but never seem to finish them. However, I like the concept of the artist date.

Photo by Ginny Banks of telephone kiosk on Capitol Hill.

“But, what exactly is an artist date? An artist date is a block of time, perhaps two hours weekly, especially set aside and committed to nurturing your creative consciousness, your inner artist. In its most primary form, the artist date is an excursion, a play date that you preplan and defend against all interlopers. You do not take anyone on this artist date but you and your inner artist, a.k.a. your creative child. That means no lovers, friends, spouses, children—no taggers-on of any stripe. “ —Julia Cameron

An artist date sounds simple but it is amazing how hard it is to do. The art walks make it easier. They usually last about two hours and it is two hours well spent. Often, when I attend one of these walks, I bring my camera for some shots of the area. These photographs are on Capitol Hill in the Pike/Pine corridor.

So, look at the artist date as a summer treat to yourself. I guarantee it will help inform your own artistic endeavors. Hopefully, you will make it a habit and continue with the walks this Fall. Make sure to take yourself on your first artist date to the BC gallery for the student show. It is sure to inspire you!

Ginny Banks

Ginny Banks is Instructor of Photography at Bellevue College. Experience her take on the world by registering for a Darkroom Photography class. And view more images of her work at

Self-portrait of Ginny Banks in window reflection.

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