What is an artful life?

“Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”

~Kurt Vonnegut

Pondering the question of what it means to live an artful life made me think of this quote….and it also allows me to give myself a break.

As an artist, browsing through the pages of Stampington magazines like “Where Women Create” and “Somerset Life” (amongst others) is the equivalent of a woman perusing the pages of fashion magazines like Glamour or Vogue. Talk about pressure! You may covet a super model’s thighs, I on the other hand, covet the beautimous studio / workspace of the featured artists. Le sigh. And then I start to compare.

Comparing is dangerous…and in my case, it inhibits my ability to live an artful life, which is something that I am really striving to do.

But Vonnegut gets me off the hook! I can create and I don’t even have to do it well….I just have to do it as well as I possibly can.

I can’t think of anything more artful than that 🙂