Art is what art does

Art isn’t painting or canvas or prettiness. Art is work that matters. It’s entirely possible that you’re an artist. Everyone can be, if we choose.*
(Seth Godin)

I don’t think there is any such thing as an ordinary mortal. Everybody has his own possibility of rapture in the experience of life. All he has to do is recognise it and then cultivate it and get going with it. I always feel uncomfortable when people speak pf ordinary mortals because I’ve never met an ordinary man, woman, or child.**
(Joseph Campbell)

New to Edinburgh back in 2006, I began connecting with people and groups in the city. One of these was a group of artists who’d meet together to see what they were up to and how each was doing.

There were poets, painters, script writers, and what did I do? The first thing that came to mind was, I’m a people artist.

I help people to figure out how to live their lives as a form of art.

There’s a little more to art being the output of whatever we take in, but that’s basically it.

We notice something different, get really interested in it, figure out how to make something of this and, through trial and error, produce something artfully that is both useful and beautiful.

That’s art.

Back in 2006, I didn’t know just how true my words would become.

See where your art takes you.

(*From Seth Godin’s blog: A useful definition of art.)
(**From Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers’ The Power of Myth.)

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