Sparking Creativity With a Cross-Country Artist Date
As much as I often long for a change of scenery, or an opportunity to experience a new adventure, the reality of life often keeps me in the comfort zone of my normal routines. I do not often seriously look at new places to spark creative juices, but rather I chain myself to deadlines, to do lists, and obligations.
But, I have spent the last two months doing many things outside my normal routines by taking an extended holiday to travel by train across Canada with my husband. We have never done an adventure of this magnitude. I chose to leave my computer at home, and focus on time for us to create memories, as well as time for me to simply soak up the passing scenery and enjoy the journey. I did take a small notebook to jot down any inspirations that might pop into my mind. This gave me new perspectives, opportunities to see new parts of our great country I had never seen, and have fantastic random conversations with strangers from many parts of the world. Although my husband and I embarked on this adventure together, I had times of being on my own to interact with people I just met, and soak in the passing scenery, which sparked ideas for future writing projects.
Come with me as I share the beauty and inspiration of this extended Artist’s Date with you.
I close my eyes and remember the amazing variety of scenery as I crossed Canada to the East from Saskatchewan to New Brunswick. A late spring meant ice still covered parts of the larger lakes of Northern Ontario, and the fresh green of spring had not yet arrived, but the Canada geese were back. A couple weeks later, the look of the land had changed with the bursting forth of new life in the leaves and grasses. Trees growing from bare rock, tenaciously holding to life in harsh looking circumstances. I watched the tides roll in and out of the Bay of Fundy and marveled at their power.
Returning home briefly, I continued west with the prairies giving way to rolling foothills and then the majestic, wind-swept, snow capped Rocky Mountains.