Building my own skin care is a dream of mine. It is cooking without cooking. Although there may be nothing to taste there is a lot of measuring, mixing, smelling and tinkering. Such is the art of creation.
My father is a fine artist, painter, sculpture, leather worker, writer, in a since I am hesitant to call what I do art. I grew up going to plays, museums, lectures and concerts. As an adult I purchased season tickets to the local symphony. A lover of many kinds of music I did not find the obligation I set upon myself to regularly attend the symphony a pleasure. So what makes an artist? Seth Godin a business icon answers the question in this fashion.
" What makes someone an artist? I don't think is has anything to do with a paintbrush. There are painters who follow the numbers, or paint billboards, or work in a small village in China, painting reproductions. These folks, while swell people, aren't artists. On the other hand, Charlie Chaplin was an artist, beyond a doubt. So is Jonathan Ive, who designed the iPod. You can be an artists who works with oil paints or marble, sure. But there are artists who work with numbers, business models, and customer conversations. Art is about intent and communication, not substances. Art is anything that's creative, passionate, and personal. And great art resonates with the viewer, not only with the creator."
While participating in regular symphony attendance did not resonate with me, it most certainly does with others.
Developing skin care resonates with me. What we take into our bodies as food or place on it as skin care has a profound effect on our health. I want to know what is "in it" and why. I want the opportunity to choose for myself the ingredients that work best for me . I do not want to be obligated to follow a certain diet or skin care routine unless I understand the benefits. I am often profoundly overwhelmed at the grocery store by the ingredients in both packaged food and skin care. Simplicity is not to be found amongst the inner isles of the shopping market.
Nor am I interested in being bombarded by claims and commercials that offer promises. I think I bought season tickets to the symphony in hopes of creating an illusion of sophistication, maturity and prosperity. The seduction of fancy bottles and ad campaigns for super foods or singularly exclusive skin care products holds the same allure. The results speak for themselves claims the clinical studies. But at what cost?
As a culture North America walked away from food creation to food-like-substances handed to us in a box, bag, bottle or vitamin caplets. As obesity attacks the nation as a whole, many people are beginning to revive their cooking skills and regain control of their forks. This same type of creative journey is available in the skin care. Simple, clear ingredients that you choose to your skin. The question, would our Grandmother's recognize the as "food" the cartons we carelessly push in the microwave equally applies to our skin care products. Rose water, evening primrose oil, olive oil or even good nights rest seems too simplistic a recipe for our fast paced life of urban decay.
An artists is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artists takes it personally. Art isn't only a painting. Art is anything that's creative, passionate, and personal. And great art resonates with the viewer, not only with the creator.