In my early career as an illustrator, I was often asked to create art that didn’t interest me. It was so frustrating. Once in a while, I would get a project that excited me, and when that happened, I noticed that I was happier and the resulting art turned out way better. One of those projects was a book cover called, “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz. The art I made for that book cover changed the course of my life.
Here is what happened.
The teaching in “The Four Agreements” helps us find our way in our life but also in our art. The agreements call on us to be more truthful, not to take things personally, assume less, and always strive to do our best. So this book project that fell into my life, had the perfect lessons for me to change my life and, in a very direct way, create Art2Life many years later. It was so synchronistic how this book came along, and I would make its cover at just the right time in my life.
I now see that when we involve ourselves in what truly matters to us, there is a strong likelihood that helpful synchronicities and opportunities often will present themselves to help us on our way. Not just in our art, but also in our life.
Have you noticed this kind of synchronicity in your life and art?
Let us know in the comments.
In this Wednesday’s podcast, I’ll take a deep dive into answering this crucial question: How do we find our way if we’re not even sure where we want to go? I call this “wayfinding,” and it relates to our art and our life. Often in finding one, we find the other. I hope you can listen while making your art this coming Wednesday. In the meantime, click the link below to subscribe to the podcast to check out some past episodes.
Have a great Sunday!
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the founder of Art2Life.
With over 20 years experience as a working artist and educator, I’ve developed a systematic approach that brings authenticity, spontaneity and joy back into the creative process.