When it comes to recharging, I firmly believe in artist's dates - weekly appointments with your inner artist - you can do anything that relaxes and energizes you - watching an art movie (2 hours) or a quick 20-30 minute coffee break while browsing through a book that inspires you might do the trick - I love spending time in bookshops that serve coffee for this very reason.
The creativity & energy that I gain from this is enough to last me 100 times longer than the time I actually spent! To illustrate my point: late Sunday night, the muse arrived, and I got this idea for beautifying an empty curtain rod that has been installed above the patio entrance of our rented house (so I cannot remove it, and I refuse to hang a curtain that will close up the lovely view).... See! Creative energy in - creative energy out!
I found this piece about staying creative on www.pinterest.com today. If you haven't checked out this site previously - do so asap - you'll experience tons of inspirational eye candy. It is a virtual pinboard where you and others can freely show and share images from the web that inspire you. Sort of like a global scrapbook. Love the typography of number 24....! So what do you do to recharge and stay creative? I'd love to hear your comments.