“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
How much time did you spend today making art?
If you’re like most of us, struggling to balance family, work, other priorities and obligations, there will be many days when the answer to this question is zero or very little.
Don’t fret. Don’t get depressed.
Resolve to make some art tomorrow. It can be as simple as reading a monologue out loud to yourself. Or taking a photo. Or filming a sunset. Or writing one page of a journal or story or poem. Whatever. Even if it’s five minutes, do it. And then do it again the next day and the day after that. Don’t break the streak. Pretty soon five minutes will turn to ten to twenty to thirty to sixty and next thing you know, whole hours go by when you’re in flow and making art.
The other thing is…even in your daily obligations, see how much art you can bring to those. You don’t have to do “artistic things” to be artistic. Recall our inspiring definition of art: doing something that might not work for the benefit of others.
Under that definition you can make art all day long, right?
2 thoughts on “Time To Make Some Art”
This idea is most significant to me. I used to employ young highschoolers to help me paint garments for a clothing company of mine. it was astonishing to me how often they screwed up a simple task. Their job was to add same colortextile paint to front and back of shirts… to already drawn in simple shapes. And it didn’t need to be carefully done.. just the use of one color! I had so many pieces with screwed up colors that I had to correct…. and then had sold as seconds down in Venice. Good news I employed an actor to make a buck in Venice and mostly hundreds of shirts were successfully sold In major stores and seen on TV worn by celebs. I never got over their lack of care..to accomplish a good job (to be proud of) whatever is attempted! Ugh Valley girls in the 1980s-90s!!!!!!!
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Great story. Thanks Carole!