What Do You Mean By “Make Art?” 

Making Art of Life

By the time Cortez came to Mexico, our ancestors, the Mexica – more commonly known as Aztecs – were already keepers of a living Toltec tradition, assimilated from earlier times, in the history and evolution of Mexico City, aka Tenochtitlan. This dynamic way of life forms a critical component of the mythical treasure the conqueror Cortez never found. Within the treasure, within this way of life, is the survival of our people.

The Toltec way of life, in philosophy and practice, has one defining characteristic. No matter what one does – lead armies or wash dishes – one does it with art, finesse, elegance and precision – art, artistic, con arte. One can see this characteristic in the janitor who finds flare and satisfaction in his work, in the entrepreneur who brings successes to millions, and of course, in the new song by your favorite band. Art makes the world turn.

“Do it artistically” describes this belief, but the actual philosophy is more like “Be the act, be the art.”  This knowledge lays the foundation of our cultural and physical survival, because art level work, in all its many forms, makes true change, healing and evolution.

We take a moment to salute the Ancestors for providing this way of life. No matter what we face, as all humans face adversity, they gave us a way to approach it with ART. For those of us who know that art is divine, what better way to approach the struggles of life?


What’s It Take to Make Art? Or

What Special Feeling?    

It takes a decision acted upon, nothing more.

But wait! What about the talent, teachers and tools? Critics and arts afficionados? Don’t they have something to say about what “art” actually is, what it takes to make?

Well yes, they matter to some extent of course, but for me and you, the only thing that matters is the decision that we act upon.

Inspiration matters, too, no doubt, but inspiration comes by acting upon the decision. Something must have already inspired you this far already; now you act, or you don’t.

What humans call art is a special category that cuts across all human experience; one might say it’s a consensus that art is, or certainly can be, divine. Touching the divine while living out our destiny doesn’t sound too bad. Things go better with a little divinity mixed in.  

Maybe you already know that special feeling that comes while you’re producing, creating, thinking, ideating over an art project. If we can go to that good feeling place over and over, good things happen around us, in our routine days and in our routine life. I don’t know about you, but it seems worth the effort, be they failed or successful.

Art has a place in every major religion, it has a place in the street graffiti, and it even has a place with plumbers and mechanics, crafts-people and beggars. It is one of the highest compliments humans give other humans, “That’s a work of art!”

Need I say more? Now go out and