Get Your Art On, Baby

Do you have an artistic outlet?

Yes?  Good!  You may stop reading now.

No?  Get one.  Especially if your life is booked to the max, or you’re an insomniac, or you feel frazzled, or you spend your days aimlessly wandering the city, or you inexplicably got into a heated argument with the Belgian Fry guy about the authenticity of said fries, or you can’t decide between lager and ale.  Art will soothe whatever ails you.

You’re not artistic, you say?

Of course you are.  We’re all artistic.  You just haven’t exercised it.  Or you were talked out of it at some point.

Let your art light up your life and you’ll feel the benefits.  How?  Start experimenting:

  • drawing
  • painting
  • sculpting
  • playing or writing music
  • singing or rapping
  • dancing
  • poetry or story writing
  • collaging
  • sewing
  • crafting
  • knitting
  • quilting
  • cooking or baking
  • gardening
  • decorating
  • jewellery making
  • woodworking
  • photography

That’s a long list! I don’t know where to start….

Revisit something you haven’t done in ages, and pay special attention to things you loved doing — or wanted to do — as a kid.  Or, experiment with something completely new.

What is this lighting up of my life you promise?

Your art will make you smile.  Your art will help you relax.  Time spent on your art will probably turn into some of your favorite moments.

But I don’t have any time!

Take the moments wherever you can — on your lunch break, while you’re waiting for the rinse cycle, on your commute to work, when you wake up early and can’t get back to sleep, while you’re bathing your hedgehog.

As your joy increases you’ll find more time.

But I’m no good at it!

So what?  All that matters is that you enjoy it.  Besides, we’re often our own worst critics.  If you gravitate toward something you most likely have a natural aptitude of some degree.

Get your art on like nobody’s watching, baby.

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“Practice any art…no matter how well or badly…to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.”
~ Kurt Vonnegut

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26 thoughts on “Get Your Art On, Baby

  1. Although I do have several artistic outlets I decided to continue reading the rest of the post. Such is the power (and persuasiveness) of your writing. 😀

    Just about everyone could benefit from reading this post, Danica. I especially love the way you’ve altered the oft-cited “dance like no one’s watching” quote to great effect.

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    1. I’m glad you have several artistic outlets, Rich. I can guess two…. Thank you very much for the wonderful compliment. 🙂

      I hope readers are persuaded to try it. I’ve noticed that when time and other resources are limited the first things to fall away are non-income generating artistic pursuits. That is, if we have them in the first place. I believe they enhance our lives and should always stay with us. We can be so self-conscious that it limits our pursuits, artistic and otherwise… we need to remember that it’s best to live out loud, like no one’s watching.

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  2. I’ve recently reconnected with an old friend and it’s led to reconnecting with a creative outlet I haven’t engaged with in just about a year.. and it’s been great for me. Like you say, no matter how good or bad you may be (or may think you are), jump right in and do what you feel.

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    1. That’s great news, J! Reconnecting with old friends and creative outlets are wonderful. I’m glad you’ve enhanced your life this way. Jumping in is the way to go. Maybe we’ll get to enjoy some of the results on your blog…. 🙂

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  3. kevin

    As I was reading this, I immediately thought of that very same Vonnegut quote. I would add; “…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.” Lovely advice from such a cynic.

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      1. kevin

        Sorry – I wasn’t clear on my post. That “lovely advice” was also from Vonnegut, who is the cynic I was referring to. I am still working on my cynicism, turning frowns upside down. 🙂

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        1. Oh, I was confusing my cynics! Yes, that was lovely advice from him. It did come later in his life so maybe time softened him a bit.
          Haha 🙂 Turning frowns upside down, is that saying a bit annoying? I hope you have reason to smile today, Kevin.

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  4. I do have art on my body! A beautiful Dream Catcher that few have seen. It was a 33 birthday present. I also had a belly button ring the same night. Good thing we went late and I was three sheets to the wind.
    The belly button ring was so painful I almost screamed. It came out after a month. Belly rings and pantyhose don’t mix well.
    I would like a small OM symbol, it won’t happen. After having Lyme I don’t want anything touching me. NO germs, no needles.
    I take old journals and make them scrapbooks, take photos-true love. I made jewelry for years, the creative side had a hold on me.
    M

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    1. What a significant birthday present! It sounds like a very memorable night. That ring sounds like it was quite painful and I’m impressed you lasted a month.
      Have you thought of trying henna tattoos? They’d take some maintenance but at last you could enjoy your OM symbol.
      Those are wonderful creative outlets. Scrapbooks! I should have mentioned that one. Thanks, M! 🙂

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      1. I have shredded the rest of journals but one. Now I’m buying 5X7 nicer softbound note books and let life drive the subject. I may not touch for days then something stirs my attention and back to creating.
        Henna, no, not a high maintenance person. I would also be scared the ink would make my boring skin worse.
        M 🙂

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  5. My art is coming along just fine, but slower than I’d like (time is no problem – it’s finding th energy that’s th problem)
    WILL put it online soon – I know u’re still waiting to see it!

    And it’s ALWAYS good to have a Vonnegut quote!
    Cheers!

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