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You Must Be An Artist If...

By August 17, 2006

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Artist What are the signs that you're an artist? This collection of definitions started with a comment from Hamlet which got the rest of us on the Painting Forum going! (I'm not telling which ones originated with me, nor how many apply to me, except to say I've never dunked a brush in my coffee -- yet!)
  • You were more concerned about the color of your car than the fuel consumption.
  • The highlights in your hair are from your palette and not Clairol.
  • The only piece of new furniture you have in your home is a $2000 easel.
  • You butter your toast with your fingers, just to feel its texture.
  • You think about taking a picture to a show.
  • You talk about going to a show where the pictures don't move.
  • You are over 50 and still have no health insurance.
  • Your family takes out a life insurance plan on you for less than $5000.
  • You know what shade of green the lichen on the trees is.
  • You can't find a nice outfit for your date because everything has paint smears on.
  • Your date ends up with paint smears on her/him.
  • You're late for the date because you suddenly knew exactly what that detail of your latest painting needed and just had to fix it while it was fresh in your mind.
  • You chose to buy that new Russian Sable No. 6 Round instead of a Big Mac, a Large Fry, a Milkshake, Desert, and five gallons of gas.
  • Your favorite home repair store refuses to work with you to repaint your den, because you rename all of their paint swatches and you get upset that they don't carry the exact nuance of raw umber you had in mind.
  • You purchase a ton of books, and most are blank inside.
  • When viewing a sunset, you think in terms of cadmium yellow (light hue), salmon and gold, a tinted teal mixed with gold for the water...."
  • Strangers save your 'regular' spot at the park, perfect for observing children and pigeons.
  • There are Prussian blue fingerprints on your phone.
  • You stay awake late at night wondering how to render on canvas the dimly lit shapes and the shadows in your room.
  • When you go out, you are always stopping and gazing at the world around you.
  • You travel far to sketch a place of scenic beauty.
  • You clean your brushes in your coffee.
  • You carry pencils instead of pens.
  • You have watercolor swatches on cardboard in your pocket.
  • You explain your deplorably bad housekeeping by saying, "it's a work-in-progress..."
  • You do judge a book by its cover.
  • You bought paint instead of food!
  • You paint more than you talk.
  • You like to get plastered and paint the town red.
What do you think makes an artist? Add your definition to the discussion or post a comment here.

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August 18, 2006 at 1:51 pm
(1) Pedro says:

I am an Artist!

August 18, 2006 at 2:56 pm
(2) Shadows Edge says:

Love this list! I’m going to have to make a “You know you’re creative” or a “You know Creativity has taken over when” list!

August 19, 2006 at 3:27 pm
(3) paintviking says:

You watch the latest kid digital animation movies and drool over the effects as much as the story!!!

August 20, 2006 at 2:04 am
(4) Alyssa says:

You never look at a persons face as a whole. You break it up into shadows and lines and shapes, and think how they would look on a canvas.

August 20, 2006 at 9:33 am
(5) Lynn says:

you look at the world thru “artist” eyes, shadows, colors, shapes. We disect..others pay no attention as I have found out by casual conversation w/friends. “ohhh..look at the way the sun throws that shadow, look at the reflection in the water”. They reply “WHAT??”

August 20, 2006 at 11:54 am
(6) oni says:

you must be an artist if….you know more than 28 colors, if you appreciate very much the beauty & colors of nature, if you know how to mix & match different colors & styles.

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