Washing the dust of daily life off my soul


Sometimes I wonder why I spend so much time (and money!) on my art. It’s not making me any richer; it’s not making my house any cleaner; it’s really in no way productive.  I often feel guilty when I spend hours working on a journal page or a canvas, knowing there are about a million things I “should” be doing, “need” to be doing, or could better justify doing.

Today I started a new art journal, and decided to make the first page a “justification” for art, as a reminder to myself that it’s okay to spend time doing something frivolous and unproductive.  I put two of my favorite art quotes on the page:

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” Pablo Picasso

“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow.  So do it.”  Kurt Vonnegut

I made a huge mess in my kitchen and “wasted” several hours of my day, but I did have fun making this page.  Thank you, Pablo and Kurt, for permission.



5 thoughts on “Washing the dust of daily life off my soul

  1. Gotta say I LOVE this piece and all it represents………..the fact that you enjoy it is all the reason you need to do it. Your artwork will be treasured long after the dust bunnies have died (: xxoo

  2. We all have things we do just for fun. I’m glad you found your thing. It is good for overall happiness and peace. I think that’s VERY important!

  3. I LOVE both the quotes. We have to do what fills us up, keep taking baby steps, and trust that the Universe has a plan. My writing hasn’t earned me a dime but it’s allowed me to cut through the “noise” and “clutter” in my life and I’ve definitely grown.

    The most important thing is doing what you love so you can keep that tank full.

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