The Art of Living the Artist’s Life

I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I have just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well. (Diane Ackerman)

Life is your art. An open, aware heart is your camera. A oneness with your world is your film. Your bright eyes, your easy smile is your museum. (Ansel Adams)

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. (Stella Adler)

Just living is enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. (Hans Christian Andersen)

Life is very nice, but it lacks form. It’s the aim of art to give it some. (Jean Anouilh)

Life is a song… sing it. Life is a game… play it. Life is a challenge… meet it. Life is a dream… realize it. Life is a sacrifice… offer it. Life is love… enjoy it. (Sai Baba)

What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner. (Colette)

Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat. (Ralph Ellison)

Life is not easy, but death is no fun. (Tomm Fennell)

In life learn art, in the artwork learn life. If you see the one correctly you see the other also. (Friedrich Holderlin)

I am not dead yet! I can still call forth a piece of soul and set it down in color, fixed forever. (Keri Hulme)

Life is pain, art is redemption. (Brian Lee Jones)

Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced. (Soren Kierkegaard)

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

This life isn’t bad for a first draft. (Joan Konner)

You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems and suffer and understand, for all that is life. (Jiddu Krishnamurti)

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. (John Lennon)

Life is too short not to create, not to love, and not to lend a helping hand to our brothers and sisters. (Eric Maisel)

One puts into one’s art what one has not been capable of putting into one’s existence. (Henri de Montherlant)

Life is easier than you’d think; all that is necessary is to accept the impossible, do without the indispensable, and bear the intolerable. (Kathleen Norris)

the War of Art- Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it. (Steven Pressfield)

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. (George Bernard Shaw)

The best things in life are invisible. Laughter, love, the wind, and life itself – all are visible only through the things they animate. (Timothy R. Thies)

To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts. (Henry David Thoreau)

When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries of life disappear and life stands explained. (Mark Twain)

My aim in life is to make pictures and drawings, as many and as well as I can; then, at the end of my life… looking back with love and tender regret, and thinking, ‘Oh, the pictures I might have made!’ But this does not exclude making what is possible… (Vincent van Gogh)

I’ll tell you what is the highest work of art – it’s of the soul – listen to this: A truly beautiful life is the highest work of art in the world. (Boris Volkoff) –

The Shoes of the Fisherman – It takes so much to be a full human being that there are very few who have the enlightenment or the courage to pay the price… One has to abandon altogether the search for security, and reach out to the risk of living with both arms. One has to embrace the world like a lover. One has to accept pain as a condition of existence. One has to court doubt and darkness as the cost of knowing. One needs a will stubborn in conflict, but apt always to total acceptance of every consequence of living and dying. (Morris West)

The secret of life is in art. (Oscar Wilde)

AMEN.

Burn Baby Burn!

studiopro-lid-upWell, I did it. I bought myself a glass kiln. I plunked down $505 cash money and took my baby home. Can’t wait to fire her up this weekend and try her out. i think I will name her Annie, in honor of Ann Badesh, who allowed me to have my jewelry show at her delightful restaurant, My Just Desserts, so I could earn enough money to invest in myself and my art by buying this power tool for the glass artist.

She’s a beauty – bigger than the ones I used in class, with a hinged lid, and easy access. I think we’ll make beautiful jewelry together. Glass, of course. Maybe I will learn copper enameling too. Why the hell not? I am mostly harmless, and anyway, I’ve already got the fire extinguisher and carbon monoxide detector set up.

I want to capture the beauty I am learning to see, by allowing myself to think and feel like an artist, in glass creations. Pendants, earrings, objects d’art – natural wonders, butterflies and dragonflies and color collages, with a bit o’ frit, and maybe a touch of gold… My work is not precise or perfect, but it does have a playful quality. I enjoy experimenting, trying things out, putting unusual combinations together – and to my surprise they work better than I could have planned! There’s a sense of “second chance” to it – I think anyway – I may not be Dale Chihuly, but I do enjoy carrying on the glassmakers tradition of my Swedish ancestors.

I can’t wait to go play and burn something beautiful this weekend!