Doing Less but Doing What I Do with More Finesse/ Also Being Part of a Creative Community Rather Than Being an Island

Essay by Luke Foster

“Our lives are made up of a series of mundane moments, but those little moments are often the finesse that shapes our entire existence, it’s not necessary the big, dramatic events, although they do, too, of course.”

Andrew Haigh

I am always doing way too much creative stuff than doing less well. Too much drawing rather than more drawing exhibitions. To many essays, rather than more polished books.

Way too much speedy random thinking rather than Zen happiness.

Eating and drinking too much rather than consuming less and choosing more healthy options.

Too much calling all my friends rather than long deep chats occasionally.

“To think in terms of either pessimism or optimism oversimplifies the truth. The problem is to see reality as it is.” – Thich Nhat Hạnh

Thich Nhat Hạnh

But after my residency at the Big ci in the Blue Mountains need to get back to two hours beach walking after putting on four kilos in a month only doing 45 minutes walking a day and to much apple juice and museli bars.

Almost the right amount of gratitude and kindness some days.

“I am happy because I’m grateful. I choose to be grateful. That gratitude allows me to be happy.” Will Arnett

But to much dwelling in the past and worrying about the future.

“Let everything happen to you
Beauty and terror
Just keep going
No feeling is final”

― Rainer Maria Rilke

Rainer Maria Rilke

More humour and happiness rather than a stern icy look and long face.

More networking and mentorship by expert artists and writers in both a practical and creative sense.

“Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.” — John Crosby

More sensitivity in my drawings like Joseph Beuys and more intellect and layering of meaning in my writing like the amazing Japanese writer Haruki Murakami.

Joseph Beuys a German Fluxus artist

Beuys drawing so sensitive. It’s a clique that artists are sensitive but it’s true.

Haruki Murakami

“Whatever it is you’re seeking won’t come in the form you’re expecting.” … Haruki Murakami

More reading books rather than watching movies.

Less jealousy of my friends, success and more happiness for them and inspiration that you can be a success too.

“You can be the moon and still be jealous of the stars.”

“Gary Allen

To many selfies more photos of friends