Making the Most of It

Quote

Body paint by Lucia

“Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint on it you can”

Danny Kaye (1913-1987)

 

Photo credit: Betarice Murch on flickr

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Thoughts in the Shower

I love this blog post from Teetotal for Two, “Who Do You Shower With?” Here’s an excerpt:

…no, not like that.  What kind of blog do you think this is?!

I mean, who do you think about?

What argument do you play over in your mind?  What hurtful words do you hear on your repeat?  What stinging and witty comeback do you plot in minute detail?  Whose birthday present do you plan?

I’m betting, if you’re anything like me, you don’t shower alone.

Click on over there and read the whole thing for yourself – it’s good stuff and got me thinking. I know I am guilty spending every moment of every day constantly thinking about… something.  It also reminds me of this TED Talk by Andy Puddicombe:

At several points in my life I have made time for meditation. Lately? Not at all. Teetotal for Two’s idea of simply taking that time in the shower to be present in the moment is beautiful in its simplicity. I think I will give it a try!

Art That Makes Me Smile

I saw this article on a friends’ Facebook page today: The Story Behind Banksy. Banksy is an interesting artist and I like the way his mind works. But, I have had a couple of stressful days, so though I appreciate his political works, the ones that really hit me today were the ones that made me smile. These made me happy:

Artwork by Banksy

Artwork by Banksy (Photo credit: Matt Keeble / Alamy )

Artwork by Banksy

Artwork by Banksy (Photo credit: AP Images )

Head on over to Smithsonian Magazine to check out the article and see the other photos of his work in the gallery.

Work/Life Balance on the Bering Sea

So, I thought this was interesting:

Handmade Portraits: The Bone Carver from Etsy on Vimeo.

The video itself is lovely.  I find myself interested in people who live close to the earth and continue to make art.  In fact, I think that the urge to create is one of great wonders of the soul.

But what haunts and intrigues me is what he says about finding balance between his work and his way of life. How many people imagine a life of being an artist and living off the land as some kind of idllc paradise?  Yet here is someone, a known, established artist, who lives sustainably and far from modern urban life, and yet, who is still searching for that life/work balance.

Honestly, I find it both frightening and oddly comforting.  Frightening in that it just might be that life/work balance is something of a myth.  That life is really a constantly moving pendulum – and it swings between one and the other, but only hangs completely in the center when the clock is dead.  Comforting because I sometimes question myself and the choices I have made – have I painted myself into some kind of corner?  But if it is really a myth, then the problem is not trying to find balance, but trying to find a way to enjoy the ride.