This is one of the many quotes from Summer Pierre’s ingenious book The Artist in the Office that has changed my perspective, my way of life, and–in short–my mind about everything that I believe to be important. Pierre’s humorous and helpful drawings, her collage-style organization of information, and her genuine assessment of life as an artist are truly enchanting and absolutely inspiring.
Reading this book as a freshman in college is what inspired the creation of Nine to Phive both as a blog and as a lifestyle.
When creative individuals try to make a foray into the professional art industry, friends and family will often joke, “Don’t quit your day job.” Even in jest, their meaning is clear. In this day and age, making a living as an artist is difficult, if not impossible.
I couldn’t disagree more. You see,
|One of Pierre’s many too-simple-to-be-true life-changing tips|
Pierre’s book helped me see the seemingly mundane moments of my life that could be turned into works of art. Guess what? It turns out that this applies to EVERY moment.
Making dinner becomes an exercise in the culinary arts.
Dressing for work becomes a fashion design experiment.
Your morning commute becomes a photo shoot.
Writing a personal journal becomes poetry. (I mean, look at how easy it was to rhyme that last line, haha)
And anything . . . ANYTHING can become a work of art if you just change your perspective. Think about it this way:
“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” ~Genesis 1:27~
Here are a few ideas from The Artist in the Office: How to Survive and Thrive Creatively Seven Days a Week to help kick-start your creativity. Your life as an artist starts now.
What more could you be doing with the hours from nine to five?