“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.”
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 🙂