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Monday, December 3, 2012

What is an Artist?

Welcome December......The best time of the year.
I just got back from a road trip that took me to Santa Fe. I went to the Georgia O'Keeffe museum. I must say I am now her biggest fan.
I can see how she was so inspired by the southwest. The colors, the mountain, the people. It was fantastic.
It is time for me to get back to work in the studio, but at this time of year there is so many other things I want to be doing.
Decorating, baking, visiting, shopping, the list goes on.
But here for today, when I would rather be doing anything else than be in the studio. I have to ask the question,
What is an Artist?
 Do I make the cut?
"The artist is not a different kind of person, but every person is a different kind of artist." Eric Gill
Do you agree with this quote?
Sure it makes a statement to everyone, but does it speak to you as a artist?
I might think that an other definition might be someone who actually does art, or maybe even someone who does art for a living. 
However, I do see that all people can be creative, have wonderful hobbies, and be considered artists.
But if we only think of the "fine arts" as true art, then the number of artists in the field of art is diminished.
I think of the times I was in college and taking art classes. I did not think my doodling on a notepad made me an artists.
Years later when I started to show my art publicly and sold paintings, it was then and only then that I considered myself an artist.
Here are some questions to ponder.
What does it take for a person to be a true artist?
Would you consider yourself an artist?
Why or why not?
These are things I think of when I don't feel like going to the studio to paint.
Be Inspired,


  1. :) I didn't consider myself to be an artist for a long time. I mainly create for therapy but I tried college and couldn't continue with it due to my health. I create now part time some days more than others. I learned this the hard way. What I have been taught by experiencing it, no college could ever teach me. No college could teach any of us the life lessons that we each learn individually.
    I do believe that each person is an artist. I think that many just need to find the confidence to accept that and stand up for the world to see. Everyone uses art in different ways, many just don’t see it. Cooking is a form of art, reading to children is a form of acting which is art.
    I believe life itself is art. What greater creation could have been made then the earth and each person on it? I personally can’t have children; my art is my creation, my children that I send off into the world. Each child is unique, just as a painting, different nose, mouth, fingers, etc. and each life is a blessing. In my belief, life itself is art. Wonderful post!!! *HUGS*

  2. Angela,
    You are so right when you say "Everyone uses art in different ways". I too came to art from an injury and through recovery painted.
    I think it is a level of confindence that has to be reached before one publicly says, I am a artist.