Artistry in Everyday Life

I define art in very broad terms–not just painting or photography. Art is taking the time to craft with meaning: jelly-making, gardening, home decor, all count in my estimation. Of course, that list could also be called “cooking, mowing the lawn, and cleaning the house.”  Isn’t that the problem, though? Can’t we take one of those tasks and occasionally bring it up to a level where we enjoy creating instead of merely completing a requirement?

You don’t have to go to extremes to add a touch of artistry to your life.  In fact, please don’t do that because you will then have turned your fun art project into yet another required task. Time constraints? My suggestion is to formally announce it to the family/friends/interruptors that this is your art time and that you have a project which requires 2 hours.

Last, please don’t let  bad results discourage you. You’ll have half-finished projects because you won’t always have time to get to everything or you get bored/frustrated with them, and that’s fine.  Seek advice, read up on the problem, and think about solutions.

Or throw the whole thing away and try another project later. I’m not kidding! I have chucked numerous projects (wine, jellies that didn’t set, sculptures that turned out looking hideously juvenile). It was oddly freeing when I dumped that overly tart, bland wine into my garden. Bye, problem!





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  1. Great work, Ann! I’m from El Paso and have hiked up to see the crash shite last December 2015. Very humbling and sad. I am a chief admin of a FB site, “Remember in El Paso When…” where we have over 27,000 members. I’d like to ask for your permission to use some of your pictures as there were posts about the crash site and its story.

    Thank you for sharing!


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