Make Your Life and Work a Work of Art

Once again I am concentrating on creativity and what being creative means in your life.  I really liked this article about how to make your life and work a work of art.  I really like her approach.

I had never really thought much about how art and being artistic had affected my life up to now, but it has.  Through learning art and being “arty”, I have learned how to find my flow in many areas of my life.  I loved when she said to slow down and enjoy the process as a way to find your flow.  I know this to be absolutely true.

Please read this article, it’s not very long, and reflect on how art and creativity have affected your life as well.

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Make Your Life and Work a Work of Art

Have you ever thought of your life as a work of art?

How we choose what we do, and how we approach it…will determine whether the sum of our days adds up to a formless blur, or to something resembling a work of art.
—Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Sometimes it seems that my life is a formless blur, especially when I lose my focus in a flurry of chaotic busyness, and I’m plagued by a steady stream of necessary yet unenjoyable tasks that don’t seem to get finished, stalling creative projects that would give me a lot more satisfaction…if only I could get to them. This isn’t art; this is a tedious mess! And worse, I’ve lost my flow!

Art for me is soul food. Art-making is meditation in action. It nourishes my craving for beauty, clarity and harmony. By beauty, I mean aesthetics, that is, the beauty of meaning-making, when all the parts come together to create a whole, or when clues are combined to solve a mystery. It’s about finding elegant solutions to problems we face. It’s the profound simplicity we discover on the other side of complexity, once we’ve dug through our messes.

Brandtner-Burst-into-life

One of my first influences in art was my grade school teacher Fritz Brandtner, a well-known and influential artist in Montreal who encouraged us to make abstract art. (Brandtner’s painting on the left was done in 1955)

Abstract art-making has taught me to distill the world around me into its essential components, and get to the heart of the matter. This has become an important problem-solving skill in business and life in general.

“A work of art is always a condensation of complex reality. So art can be a means through which one learns to perceive an intricate solution through a simplified image.”
—  Dr Thomas Bechtler, Director of Credit Suisse Group (ADR)

How can you bring more artistry into life and work?

Intention

Artists begin their work with intention and purpose. They have some idea about the end product they want to create, whether it is a song, a poem, a painting or a movie. A student filmmaker I know made the mistake of shooting a film with cast and crew before he had worked out his script. What happened? Endless re-shoots, wasted time and effort, and a mess of film to edit into some kind of cohesion. He learned clarity of purpose  keeps creativity on track.

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