No matter what type of artist you are, I’m sure you are aware that in today’s insanely connected digital age there’s an overflow of ideas and information, but not that much of a substance to them…This may be due to the fact that we all feel like we’ve seen it all, or maybe it’s a global ADHD thing and staying focused becomes harder and harder. In light of that, if you are trying to come up with something fresh and new, it’s never been more difficult to isolate yourself and not feel like what you’re about to bring to the table has already been brought by someone else.
Well, maybe we are trying to tackle quite a huge issue with too small steps. Spending a few days off social media, for instance, is something that I believe every artist has tried and although there are many great benefits to that, the result is not as long-lasting as one might hope. Well, serious times call for serious measures, so if you are determined to reignite the fire of creativity within yourself this year for good, I suggest that you embark on a solo camping trip. Yes, a camping trip all by yourself, don’t even try to negotiate that part.
By isolating yourself for a week for instance, alone in the woods, you’ll be able to get a taste of something that artists from previous eras had at their disposal much more – the ability to go within instead of being dragged by the already programmed collective.
As humans, we’re innately wired for wonder, so spending time in nature can be inspirational in and of itself. However, doing it alone can widen the palette of emotions one experiences. Awe, solitude, pensiveness, loneliness, fulfillment, questioning, analyzing, reconnecting and ever fear – all of these are useful tools which can help you uniquely shape your new art project.
All you need to do is make sure you are well prepared with the essentials: food and water supply, a multitool, flashlights, batteries, enough clothes, a notebook for writing down ideas and of course, a portable shelter. A waterproof portable shelter can be your best ally come rain or come shine up in the mountains. Other specs to look for include optimal strength, heavy duty puncture resistant floor, sand pegs and sand pockets for added stability and easy assembly. An easy to handle compact carry bag is also a must. There are types of portable shelters the fabric of which blocks out up to 98% of UV radiation, however that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take protective skin care products with you as well. Size wise, choosing one that can fit two people is a wise decision since you ‘ll have more space when alone and will be able to share it with someone else in future.
That brings me to my final point, which is to make sure you pack hygiene necessities and a first aid kit.