What Does It take to Be An Artist?

12 Aug

This Feature Friday Post is different.

I’d like to share information that may give you a new understanding about what it means to be an artist.  What makes you think that you

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can be identified as a full-blown artist?  What are the questions or qualifications that allow you to be known as or referred to as an artist. Believe it or not, it is not based purely on talent.  What are some interesting considerations or characteristics needed to become an artist? Consider the blog statements to learn if you or anyone you know can readily identify with “qualifications”  like these to be known as an artist even if it is only in your own right. 



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.

You are having lunch with the girls and the fragrance you wear is eau d’linseed oil.

You butter your toast with your fingers, just to feel its texture.

The only piece of new furniture you have in your home is a $2000 easel.

You know what shade of green the lichen is on the trees.

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 Number Six Round instead of a Big Mac, a Large Fry, a Milkshake, Dessert, and five gallons of gas.

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….”

  You explain your deplorably bad housekeeping by saying, “it’s a work-in-progress…”

You do judge a book by its cover.

You watch the latest kids’ digital animation movies and drool over the effects as much as the story.

You bought paint instead of food!

You create more than you talk.



9 Responses to “What Does It take to Be An Artist?”

  1. Joe Cheray August 16, 2011 at 6:06 PM #

    As a digital artist I can see myself in this post. I look at things out in the world and wonder what font they used, what size font etc. I also look at textures in world and wonder how I can recreate it on a digital canvas. I look at picture frames and wonder if I can create the same frame digitally.

    Thank you Veronica for this light hearted yet actually realistic look into an artists world.

  2. clubcreativestudio August 14, 2011 at 1:22 PM #

    Thank you Bonnie, for stopping by. This post was fun to write and the idea was to come across sharing a smile or two. If you could identify or know someone who reminded you of a comment I hope that you can appreciate that quality and continue to smile from it.

  3. clubcreativestudio August 14, 2011 at 1:18 PM #

    Totally in agreement with believing that we are all “creative souls”. Tapping into our creativity is a continual process and sometimes, we are caught off guard because of it- welcome that with open arms!

  4. clubcreativestudio August 14, 2011 at 1:10 PM #

    Roberta- you mean to say you NEVER met anyone who bought a car just for the color???? Most of those statements can be viewed as extreem but, then again they are identifiable to many. I am obviously a visual person and so on the topic of books, I do really judge a book (initially) by its cover and I also have many “blank paper books” in collected sketchbooks and blank journal books awaiting the creative touch. Hope you had a nice laugh at reading the post because it is fun to touch upon light-heartedness characteristic to an artist’s thoughts.

  5. clubcreativestudio August 14, 2011 at 12:55 PM #

    Thank you Maureen. Yes, this post was an attempt to put someone on the track to reaching their own creative-side of thinking, in a light-hearted way. Glad it helped for you, also important to laugh at yourself and the creative quirks we all may have.

  6. Maureen Hunter August 14, 2011 at 3:06 AM #

    Loved this Veronica. I did think to be an artist you had to have talent and paint, now I realise an artist comes in many guises. I could relate to so many of the things you said on the list, thats put me in touch with my creative side straightaway. Woop woop!!

  7. Roberta August 13, 2011 at 9:41 PM #

    Okay – its confirmed. I am NOT an artist. As a matter of fact when I look at the list, I can barely understand why anyone would do any one of those things. However, artists need people like me because someone has to buy those works of art and appreciate and value the artists efforts. So keep being an artist all you wonderful inspired souls out there and especially you Veronica

  8. Lynn Brown August 13, 2011 at 5:29 AM #

    Well that certainly covers it Veronica! Really great way to talk about artistry. I think we all have a bit of ‘artist’ within out heart, mind and soul. Its those that can express it outwardly that impresses me and brings inspiration and joy into my day!

  9. Bonnie - Your Better Living Maven! August 13, 2011 at 1:14 AM #

    A very cute list Veronica. It really shows how deeply an artist can feel their work and how much a part of you it is. Some cute comments but they really go so deep.

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