Be An Artist

A Simple Risk – Simplify Your Life and Make a Choice to Create

If you have the urge to create. To finally pursue the gift you know you have inside of you. Put down your charge card, get off the merry-go-round of consumer spending the corporations want us to be on, and make some room in your life to be an artist.

Picasso said: “Everyone is an artist as a child. The trick is to remain one once you grow up.”

The biggest reason I’ve heard for not pursuing art, is that everyone feels that they can’t make any money from it. But I believe it’s more of “I can’t make enough money to have all of the stuff I want”.

Examine what you want more. How big is your commitment?

I personally never felt I had a choice as to what I was going to do with my life. Art was it for me. I tried to get jobs doing other things to pay the bills, but no one would hire me. Providence had other plans . What I found is that, the more I committed to the life, the more providence provided for it. I never imagined I would make the money I have, but I didn’t become an artist to get rich. I merely concentrated on constantly improving my skills, and letting the energy flow. Andre Gide once said ” Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does, the better” I felt like it was what I was meant to do because I I‘ve always loved creating and lost track of time when I did it. Yes, in the beginning I had challenges due to lack of money. But I made choices of what to give up in order to pursue the life I wanted. Books like “Your Money or your Life” by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin help to find the strength behind our choices. It doesn’t seem to be the American way. The messages we receive is to keep the economy going by spending beyond our means. But life is more than that. It’s more than being a consumer, and it’s more than working 40 hours a week at a job that you don’t like.

At this time in the state of the world, the artistic gift is the most amazing gift you can give us.

Take the risk. Use your gift. We will all benefit from it. Especially you.

I’ll leave this with a quote that I love from Jan Phillips that I like to close my talks and commencement speeches with:

“Sometimes I think that if every person in the universe truly manifested their creative powers, if each of us took seriously our role as creator and created as if the world depended upon us, then maybe that is all it would take to bring order to the chaos. Maybe that would be enough to end all wars, for it is impossible to be engaged in the act of creation while simultaneously destroying the beauty before us.”

– Jan Phillips
From “Marry Your Muse”.