On Being a Work of Art

14 thoughts on “On Being a Work of Art”

    1. Thank you very much! I appreciate the feedback. I write most of my posts very quickly, but this one I struggled with for days. It pleases me very much to know that it resonates with others.

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  1. I was so happy to open my reader and see what you’re writing about. I love the idea of our lives and ourselves being art. I actually posted on a very similar topic today using the Mona Lisa as an example. Although I am always looking for ways to beautify my life and the things around me, I’ve never looked into it as a philosophy, but I will now! Living more beautifully is something that I always speak of because I think there is so much room for it and we should fill up on the good stuff.

    I am currently working on a revision of my own about page. I think you’ll find it enjoyable to just think about yourself and your passions and see what themes develop. You’re already off to a great start 🙂 Have fun darling!

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    1. Thanks! I really enjoyed your post, as well! It was excellent. I think I sort of quietly adopted this philosophy years ago because it appealed to me very much when I first learned about it. But, to articulate it seems to make it far more meaningful. I, too, am always searching for ways to create beauty. Think of it as a gift! 🙂

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  2. This is an incredible post. You write “I feel as if I am scratching at the surface of something much greater . . .” (how often I’ve had that feeling myself when I’m struck by creative thoughts and tried to capture them!)–but I don’t think you realize yet how fully-formed this post already is! Yes, writing it helped! I found it fascinating to follow your stream-of-consciousness kind of writing and to witness how well it all came together; your subconscious and conscious thoughts were evidently working on it for the past few days.
    You write that living, not experiences (such as writing, designing, cooking) are at the center of your creative life. But all those activities can be–and are–creative for you–and maybe what you mean is that the way you pick your creative activities, and the way you prioritize them, constitutes living–your ultimate creative act. You are talking about the architecture of your life–and architecture, of course, is a creative discipline also.
    I also thought about what you wrote about how you don’t want to merely talk about ideas, you want to feel them. You want to personalize ideas. But that is the very thing that makes writing engaging and creative, that makes people LOVE your writing!
    I could relate so much to your saying, “. . . my own sensuality, my own reliance on the body as a way of understanding and interacting with the world” as an explanation of why the “intellectual” aspect of ideas is not, alone, sufficient.
    I could go on . . . I have made two pages of notes on my reactions to this post. Thank you! Your writing is wonderful and the way it is fuelled by what you call “the eroticism of life” comes through with clarity and passion.

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    1. Wow, Nancy, thank you so much for the feedback! You have no idea how happy it makes me to know that you thought enough of this post not only to compose such a thoughtful response, but to take notes! 🙂 I struggled quite a bit with this post. As I’m sure you well know, when it comes to creating, certain ideas grip you and won’t seem to let you go until you find a way to get them out. This was one of those times. I find that I really liked doing the stream of consciousness parts. It was a lot more fun and a great deal more interesting than I thought it would be. If you’ve never tried it, I recommend playing around with the form. I like what you say about all of my creative endeavors constitute my creative life, in a sort of hierarchy, or as in parts making up a whole. That’s a nice way of looking at it and, I think, accurate for all of us. Thank you again for commenting!

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      1. I will try. The feeling evoked was that of the same satisfaction I would get after being parched, then finding a, “deep pool…” My thirst was satisfied and there was a pleasant feeling that more water is available.

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