Is Art a “Lifestyle?”

Bird of Paradise Silk Painting

Bird of Paradise Silk Painting

To tell you the truth, I don’t think I’m happy without some kind of creative project.  The thoughts and ideas are the energy that keep me going, moving forward…sometimes obsessively…through a life that could otherwise become dull and repetitive.

In October I fell victim to the usual illnesses of a teacher.  I pushed on, overtaxed my body and ran my immune system down.  Still pushed on…after all life is for living, right?  More health issues smashed my world until the doctor “ordered” me to slow down.  Fine!  Thanksgiving and Christmas were kept simple and I skipped many activities with friends.  Fine!  Decided not to participate in any of the art shows.  Fine!  Did a lot of reading, spent time with my family.  Fine!

January:  felt great, the creative ideas were overwhelming and jumped back in.  Looked into blogging, traveling, but staying “rested.”

February:  Rats!  Sick again!  The “bad one,” with the horrible, deep cough.  Where’s my yogurt?  The blues set in.  “Can’t see my friends…I’m germie.”  Missed another fun holiday:  Valentine’s Day was spent cozied up to the computer researching for my trip to France.  Didn’t get to see my angel grandchild, Berkley, my son, Danielle, friends, Merrill was refereeing until late…canceled the wine and chocolate date with a friend.  Now I’m whining…sorry. 

My point:  Art was absent from my daily activities (except at school, working).  It was a dull and “lifeless” existance, unless my family and friends could perk me up.  Not even the flourish for cooking…who can eat when you’re body aches?  If I have to live life like that, I do not want to live.  Live to be 100?  Not that way!  I must fill my days with new thoughts, ideas to pursue, artworks to paint, new dresses to make, dinners for family and friends, lively discussions with students, friends and family, adventures to plan.

“I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.” ~His Holiness, the Dalai Lama

Family is my lifeline.  Art is my hope and my focus, my lifestyle.

How about you?

~ by chezchristineo on February 22, 2009.

2 Responses to “Is Art a “Lifestyle?””

  1. I love your page…great graphic…where did you find it? I’m thinking glass 🙂

    A thought for the day: Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass……it’s about learning to dance in the rain!

  2. Reblogged this on Chez Christine and commented:

    A reblog, because it is still true, especially after retiring from teaching art. Now more time is available for the creating.

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