If you follow me on Instagram (which you should) you might know that I view my entire life as my art, not just the physical things I create. This post is one I am writing because I, myself, need to hear the words. Which is something I say on Instagram quite often as well!
If I were to think of how I’d most like to spend a day, the answer would fall equally onto two answers. I’d either choose to make art or explore in nature. These are the two things that call to my heart and fill my soul more than anything else. This is one reason my art is (at least so far) always made using mostly natural materials and/or is influenced by nature itself. The two things are so linked in my mind I find it almost impossible to separate them.
I decided my entire life was my art and biggest creative endeavor when I was around eighteen years old. I have been working at that (with many bumps and missteps along the way) ever since. I’m not sure every artist consciously thinks about this (please email me and let me know) but most that I’ve seen that are interesting and/or happy seem to be living this way. Every place I’ve lived, invitation accepted, friend made, book read, trip taken, shell found on the beach, song sung in the car, tattoo inked on my body… ALL of it. All of it is my art in my eyes. It feels logical.
This has made my life more satisfying and exciting each year I’ve been on this planet and made even the hardest times important, special and sometimes even beautiful.
So if you follow along with my life in any way, you might notice that I’m often creating physical art but I’m also, very often, creating experiences for myself. This part is just as important. We don’t all need to call ourselves artists to create our lives as though they were art. AND! All art does not look the same just as all lives need not be curated the same. Whatever you want to create for yourself, make it something you'll be proud of at the end of your life. I tell myself all the time not to look at what others are making, just feel what it is that I’m supposed to be making. This counts for paintings just as much as it counts for your evening or weekend. It is a creation. Don’t waste it, it belongs to you!