How Are We To Add Beauty To Our Lives?

Mike Kraus
2 min readFeb 9, 2022


Brightscapes: The Way To Beauty


acrylic paint on canvas board

5" x 7" (12.7 cm x 17.8 cm)


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We need to accept beauty when it arrives. To prioritize the value of beauty in all forms. Beauty isn’t a waste of time, a luxury, or the domain of the educated upper classes. Beauty is your own authentic personal experience. True beauty is independent, autonomous, and free of social pressure. Imposed taste is manipulative and unethical as it takes away an individual’s identity. Art is not a communal experience. Yet, sharing your love of beauty can build friendships. It is up to you to refine and develop your personal tastes and interests. We must be vulnerable and let down our guard. To be courageous enough to think and feel our true conclusions. The sensation of openness, trust, symbiosis, caring, and being loved shows us that “everything is okay.” Beauty is a way of life. It is the affirmation of life. To create is an act of love. It is the process of intelligence. It is a way of accessing and communicating with the human mind.

What is something ugly you see every day? What would it take to make it beautiful? What is preventing you from making the improvement? Are there reasonable alternatives? Go do it!

Mike Kraus was born on the industrial shoreline of Muskegon, Michigan. After earning his Fine Arts Degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he attended Grand Valley State University for his graduate degree. From there, he gained varied experiences from the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Art Institute of Chicago, Hauenstein Center For Presidential Studies, Lollypop Farm Humane Society, and the Children’s Memorial Foundation. And every place he worked, he had his sketchbook with him and found ways to be actively creative. In 2014, Kraus became a full-time artist by establishing Mike Kraus Art. Since then, he has sold thousands of paintings that are displayed in nearly every state and dozens of countries. Currently, Kraus lives in Rochester, New York with his beautiful wife and goofy dog.

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