I once read this book called If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence, and Spirit by Brenda Ueland that really changed the way I look at what it means to be creative, what it means to be an artist. In her book, she talks about how everyone is an artist. Everyone is talented, original, and has something important to say. We all have something good to share with others.
Take the painter Vincent Van Gogh, for example. If you read the letters of Van Gogh, you would see what sparked his creativity. He loved human beings.
He wanted to show human beings how beautiful the sky was. So he painted it for them.
When he painted Starry Night, he was looking out the window and wrote a letter to his brother, saying something along the lines of, "It is so beautiful I must show you how it looks."
Being an artist is nothing more than loving others. That's all there is to it!
I know, I know. Some of you are like, "Hey, I'm no artist. I'm not good at drawing or doing any of that artsy stuff."
But the thing is that you really are an artist, too. In your own way, you have the power to make the world a more beautiful place.
That's right. We are all artists!
And by using our unique talents, we can all live artfully. These are just some ways to live artfully:
Writing a simple letter of encouragement to a friend
I have been loving sending good ol' snail mail to friends and family. Sometimes I paint on the envelope, which is fun because I get to connect with a friend through the letter and have fun with watercoloring, too.
Playing some Italian music and cooking Italian food each night for a week just so you can feel like you're in Italy (since you can't actually travel right now). Mama mia! Meatah ballah! Tomato soupah!
Yes, those are the words I think of when I think of Italy.
Making face masks for family and friends from pieces of clothing you no longer use
One of my friends, Ellie, decided to do this (pictured above). I just think it's so amazing and enjoy what she is doing so much. So inspiring!
Coming up with a new mathematical solution that helps solve a problem at work if you work in a mathy field
Hey, if math or science is your thing, you can be artful, too! It really doesn't matter what field it's in as long as you have put love into what you create.
Celebrating a friend's birthday through a 6-foot distancing birthday party
This is me celebrating my friend Katrina's birthday with her family in her backyard. There were so few of us, but I really enjoyed getting all dressed up for her, blasting some music, and dis-dancing. Lol. (Get it? Ahhhh, I crack myself up...)
Making a meal for someone with love
If you live with people, there's nothing more artful than making breakfast with a creative spin (maybe add a blueberry happy face to those pancakes) just to surprise and delight :).
I was feeling pretty inspired today thinking about the concept of living artfully. There are so many ways you can put love and life into your day. You are an artist! We are all artists!