Your Art is Not “Useless Stuff” — Finding A Balance Between Minimalism and Creating More Art

Earlier this month I received this question from a reader:

Currently I aim to change my career to graphic and design because art is what makes me happy and my dream is to be able to live from it. But as I also want to adopt a more minimalistic lifestyle I wonder how these two things combine? I struggle with the idea of creating things because I want to live from selling my art but at the same time having to get people to buy my art, which is in a minimalistic sense just “useless stuff”.

llow me to get right to the point: Your art has never been and never will be “useless stuff.”

Let’s repeat that.

Your art has never been and never will be “useless stuff.”

Your art is important. You making it is important. If you feel the urge to create, you should always gratify that urge.

For the right person at the right time, your art is a gift and a blessing. Just because I’m a minimalist doesn’t mean I don’t love spending money on art and letting it fill my walls. I love collecting art! I can’t think of a more meaningful way to bring more creativity into my space.

But I get it, creating and minimizing seem contradictory. I can assure you, they aren’t. Let them mingle instead of trying to separate them. You will find a balance.

Create your art and put it out into the world. If you do it with the right intention and hope that it lands in the hands of people who need your creative energy, it will. That’s really all you can do.

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