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On What it Means to Live an Artful Life

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On What it Means to Live an Artful Life
A few days ago, I was talking to John P. Weiss on The Unmistakable Creative about what it means to live an artful life. The simplest definition of an artful life is one that's filled with art. It's filled with art you consume, art you create, and art that touches hearts.

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A Life Of Art

A Life Of Art

An artful life isn't about money and fame. It is about the difference an artist can make in the world.

Your art is worth creating even if it moves only one person.

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Being an Artist 24/7

An artist lives and breathes art. The clothes, the home decoration, the hairstyle, even the words that artists speak are their own creation, deliberate and intentional.

A true artist is a living work of art.

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Not Just One Kind

Not Just One Kind

An authentic artist is diverse in his art forms, with a lot of interests.

There are several ways to express oneself and a true artist recognizes that.

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It's Not About Money

An artful life isn't about money and fame. It is about the difference an artist can make in the world.

Your art is worth creating even if it moves only one person.

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All Experiences Add to the Color

Difficult times, heartbreak and the emotional challenges encountered in our lives fill up the color palettes of an artist, adding richer shades to paint with.

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The long trance-like State

Artists love to give birth to new art by going in a long trance-like state, working tirelessly for hours and still not feeling exhausted.

Authentic artists love the process and are not concerned with attention.

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Art is about Legacy

A love note, an authentic dish cooked with care, and a beautiful story, art is something that an artist is communicating with the people close to him, close to the heart.

Art is an expression to carry forward the legacy of who you are to those who love you.

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The Good Life

The approach towards daily life is poles apart between a 9-to-5 worker and an artist.

Normally, work is stressful and has to be done out of responsibility, but for an artist, life is not a to-do list of tasks. Your endeavors are your exotic destinations, and your purpose is to enjoy the journey.

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Make a conscious effort to bring out the best in someone else through your communication.

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Consider communication as an empty canvas to paint with words, think of all of the wonderful and beautiful things you can say to another person.

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It is important to understand that balance is relative: the focus of balance is always going to be different from person to person. There is no one size fits all.

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