Time is on our side to create a masterpiece

Reading more from the Minimalists, I found a great essay called "Create Your Masterpiece, a 16-Step Guide". The breakdown, or the idea that struck me the most is that we ALL HAVE THE SAME TIME EVERYDAY to do something lasting, or in Joshua's term, create a masterpiece. We have lives built on differences of cultures, socioeconomic standings, desires. But we all have the same 24 hours in a day. For some people that is building a business to employ others, or practicing a guitar everyday to make music that communicate who they are or in my case, creating art. The thing that has been an invaluable lesson for me during my hours and hours of creation is the knowledge that you chip away at it.

In his book, Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell talks of 10,000 hours. He breaks down the dabbler, the talent and the genius in a way that is a highly consumable read on what makes something extraordinary. It comes down to time and effort. This writing is not here to debate inherent talent over someone who has to mule their way to their passion, but it is about making it happen one hour at a time.

Over the last 6 or so years I have been more aggressive about chipping into those hours than I have in the last 20 years of practicing art. I have to admit it is scary and empowering and mostly rewarding. If you work on something you develop a pride in that "thing". I am a little slow on the uptake but it is finally culminating into a direction on how I want to spend my time.  I am interested in growing as an artist, an individual and a contributor to a larger conversation. As I start putting my artwork and words out into the universe for others to consume, I give in to letting "it" happen. Whatever that is, I know that I am adding something that is greater than I am. ... and I am on to the next "masterpiece"...

Here are some great reads on the subjects touched on above:

Outliers  |  Malcolm Gladwell  >>

Create Your Masterpiece, A 16-Step Guide >>

A dawning, a new realization and a cup of coffee

Happy Friday!!


Or Happy New Dawning of a New Day; regardless of what we call it. Another awesome "side effect" of working on my own is the ability to wake to a new day every day without being pushed into a routine that I don't create for myself. Not to say that I am not busy - some days are insane -- but just to say that I do not start with an alarm that scares me awake, begrudgingly, preparing for a day of my time that I do not own. Friday still makes me excited for the impending weekend and I want to welcome it with open arms. I don't think that energy surge will ever go away; just like waking on a Saturday feels somehow more fresh and open to new things.

I am still reading about the Minimalist Lifestyle and am finding that it aligns with the way I want to move through the world. It comes down to experimenting with the open days to figure out what works, lose what doesn't and altar the slight differences. It is pretty exciting to start down this path of pairing down of things that are like albatrosses around the neck and move towards opening up new avenues of living out lives. Creativity is not a 9-5 state of being.


Just Show Up.



More Essays from The Minimalists, A Day in the Life of a Minimalist  >>

Stepping back to some of their original essays online from their blog, The Minimalists >>

Looking at Minimalism (just not in my artwork)

 In the Minimalists book, "Everything That Remains", the authors talk about how they moved into their minimalist lifestyle and how they use their blog to receive an income. The authors Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, talk about passion and how they are living their life. Reading about the minimalist lifestyle brings into question, "What are we working for?" and how can we merge the job and the career.


There is a great quote that really spoke to how I make art...

"Progress requires practice and dedication and, to a certain extent, a healthy obsession. Hence, passion is a mixture of love and obsession."

I think there is  huge benefit in looking at that statement and making an effort to align with what you want to do on a day to day bases. What do you want to have as your legacy, what are your ideals, what will we pass to our children? There is also effort, struggle and the satisfaction when things go right that you did show up and you did feel the alignment of what you are meant to do. Chasing those moments is where the creative magic lives.

Contemplating the minimalist lifestyle opens up a world to meeting people, defining your schedule and pursuing your passions with integrity, And though they are very romantic notions in our current society, there is a huge thread of credibility and reality in them. And a realistic path to get there.

In the meantime, I will make art, I will improve my skills and it will be the introduction into new places, ideals, and people.

The Book: Everything that Remains: A Memoir by the Minimalists >>

The Blog:  The Minimalists >>


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