Works of art

Much like works of art are forms of expression and can stem from www.lifeofanartist.nl unconscious or otherwise untapped parts of an artist’s mind, you can seek out effective, enjoyable, and novel ways to express yourself. I play didgeridoo, piano, or Tibetan singing bowl; create visual art (usually paper filigree, or quilling); or write.

5. Acknowledge and seek out connections in novel ways.

An artist contemplates the interplay between lines, form, colour, and space. We can consider connections and similarities between people, objects, the environment, and anything else we choose. Thinking about how concepts are connected can stimulate creativity. One fun exercise is to make a list of random objects, then choose two and decide how they’re connected. A walnut and an inukshuk? An aardvark and loose change?

6. Seek out, appreciate, and learn from role models.

Many developing artists look to apprenticeships with experienced maestros for guidance, skill development, and inspiration. We can do the same! Find inspirational role models to help you reach your goals. Some of mine are vegan bodybuilder Robert Cheeke, vegan professional Ironman triathlete Brendan Brazier, fitness models and competitors Nicole Wilkins and Jamie Eason, my best friend Setareh, and painter, naturalist, and author Robert Bateman.

7. Regularly take a step back to assess your life.

Leonardo da Vinci would assess his finished paintings in the mirror for a new perspective. Like stepping back from a painting in a gallery to gauge its overall effect, “step back” from your life every now and then and try to evaluate it as objectively as possible. What emotional reaction does it evoke? How well is it serving your goals? How is it affecting others?

8. Be in the moment.

As an artist loses herself in the process of creation, we should strive for breaks from thinking about the past or the future. Meditate, do yoga, go for a walk in nature, or take a few deep breaths during a busy day to centre yourself.

9. Nurture creativity, and apply it to all areas of your life.

Creativity is a pretty obvious link to art. What’s not so obvious is that creativity has a role in all areas of our lives, from careers and education, to romance and sex, to family and friends, to personal development.

10. Treat your body as a work of art, keeping it healthy and vibrant so it can serve you well.

Like overarching art movements, or individual artists’ work, our bodies are continually changing. Work to develop health and fitness as best you can. Healthy young people often take their bodies for granted, only to be stuck with chronic diseases in later life. Older people who don’t exercise increase their risk of premature death, and could drastically improve their quality of life by staying active and eating right. Living life as a work of art means taking care of yourself, both physically and mentally.

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