The Art of Life

by Lance Ekum on · 21 comments

What is life?

I suppose we can think about this question from many angles.  Life is love.  Life is living.  Life is family.  Life is hard.  Life is a grind.  Life is wonderful.  Life is…

…an endless list of possibilities.

Our life is really a collective of all our moments.  Moments that we each create – in this life we are living (however we are doing that).

“In art, the moment is my true teacher. It is life expressing itself through me. Art, then, becomes effortless, which is the now-moment itself.” ~ Philippe Benichou

If we think of our life as a canvas – what is it we are painting onto the canvas of us?   These moments that we have, whatever they are – they ARE our life canvas.

Life is art.

We are art!  We have created this person who we are – by our experiences, our choices, our living…

Messy one minute, beautiful the next.

Your life is what YOU put on that canvas.  Or that song you sing.  Or that dance you dance.  It’s the life you live.  Today.

Not tomorrow.

Or next week.

Or when you have x dollars in the bank.

What you have is now.  Tomorrow is an unknown…but today, today is a part of that canvas of your life! 

You are creating your life, right now.  Maybe it’s a bit messy, or maybe it looks amazing.  Perhaps it's not exactly what you envisioned your "life canvas" to look like (or maybe it's right on the money).  It doesn't matter.  What matters is that you see the beautiful soul that you are (and you are most definitely an amazing and beautiful soul) – and create from that space!  And this life of yours…it then begins to reflect more truly who you are. 

Your life is meant to be beautiful art.  Paint the canvas that is truly you…

by Lance Ekum

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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dlysen October 1, 2012 at 8:40 pm

For me life is gift that you know how to take care. Just like an empty canvas, it is up to you what do you want to be look like.
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Lance Ekum October 3, 2012 at 5:37 am

Exactly!! Life IS a gift – love that!


jean sampson October 2, 2012 at 7:19 am

I teach painting at an art center and what I REALLY teach is never to quit even if you have the biggest mess and total chaos on your canvas, and also in your life! In fact, I tell my students to bring their canvases back to class as many times as it takes to bring order out of chaos and to get a painting they love. Really, the more under-layers you have, the more beautiful your work (your life) becomes.


Lance Ekum October 3, 2012 at 5:39 am

This is so wonderfully said – and…you living this “life is art” thought! That is so awesome – and what a way to really enforce this with the students you have in your class.

Thanks so much for sharing this!!


Jody - Fit at 54 October 2, 2012 at 7:29 am

Beautiful! I am trying to paint Lance!!! Paint a different canvas that is all about always learning & always a work in progress!
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Lance Ekum October 3, 2012 at 5:41 am

Hi Jody!!
And you are on the right path – “painting” on the canvas by opening up to new possibilities!! Keep at it, dear friend…


Jean Burman October 2, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Isn’t life always just a little bit messy? If it’s not we simply aren’t living it yet LOL Lance… I love this piece. You’re back. I love it. Jean.


Lance Ekum October 3, 2012 at 5:44 am

Hi Jean!!!
It’s great to ‘see’ you here (you always bring a smile to my face!)!!

Yep…life definitely has a bit of a “messy” component to it. And that’s what adds a deeper level to our canvas….


Jean Burman October 2, 2012 at 5:25 pm

oh and… I especially appreciated the art/life reference. I think you’re definitely onto something there LOL
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Lance Ekum October 3, 2012 at 5:45 am

…and you….amazing painter friend…ha!!! (there you go again…making me smile!!)


David Stevens October 2, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Nice work Lance,
Life certainly is what we make of it. We need to be involved & be curious…certainly not a time to sit on the sidelines until ‘game over’. Thankyou.
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Lance Ekum October 3, 2012 at 5:47 am

That’s a great way to look at it – when we’re in there and involved in life – we are creating a life canvas that is more fitting to who we really are. And that’s a great place to be in life…

Great to see you here today!


Raina Bright October 3, 2012 at 2:47 am

Yes, life is art and by truly engaging ourselves in each and every amazing moment we become aware of our role as the painter of our own experiences. Waiting for some imaginary moment where all of the fates are aligned to begin to live is a grave mistake. Thank you for saying this so eloquently!


Lance Ekum October 3, 2012 at 5:55 am

Thanks Raina!

When we are engaged in those moments of our life – they really do help to create a more meaningful life canvas….


Gitta October 3, 2012 at 8:47 am

Life is really a miracle, every single life is wonderful. But we have to live together in respect and love, so we have to learn a couple of things during our lives…


Lance Ekum October 4, 2012 at 7:53 am

Respect and love…such important things. Thanks for bringing that up!


kathryn October 3, 2012 at 4:30 pm

I really resonate with your post…maybe because i just lost a dear friend recently. But when you write…”It’s the life you live. Today. Not tomor­row. Or next week”. I just wanna say YES…remember that Kathryn!!! Don’t forget! Quit worrying and stressing out about expenses next summer!


Lance Ekum October 4, 2012 at 7:56 am

Know that I am sending all sort of love and comfort your way. Losing a dear friend is both difficult and really puts things in perspective.

And it’s so easy to go to that place of worry and stress – and the moment we’re in…it just becomes lost because of it.

Thanks so, so much for being here – and for sharing so openly…


Steve Rice October 3, 2012 at 5:40 pm

LOVE this post, Lance! This line ===> “Your life is what YOU put on the canvas” and this one===>”What you have is now. Tomor­row is an unknown…but today, today is a part of that can­vas of your life!” are really powerful!

Great reminders to live life as art. Off to share this gem!
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Lance Ekum October 4, 2012 at 7:56 am

Thanks Steve!!

Here’s to painting our canvases in very meaningful ways…


artist subhash May 11, 2013 at 8:45 pm

very very nice, I”m Indian artist . painting is beautiful ….. thank you….. sir .


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