01 Apr 2011

Are you an artist? | Kirkland, WA photographer

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What exactly is an artist?  Who determines if you ARE or AREN’T an artist?  The realization of this question asked by Kevin Kubota at WPPI made me stop.  And think.  Am I an artist?  Well, I can’t draw to save my life.  My stick figures look sickly and if you ask my daughter what happened when she asked me to draw a flamingo-you may laugh as hard as she did.  So, what is an artist?  The first thing that comes to mind when I think about an artist is some type of drawing or painting.  My dad is an artist.  He entertained us for hours at church by drawing funny things that often resembled ourselves.  My daughter is an artist (an eight year old artist) who can depict vases of flowers and barns filled with animals.  My mom is not an artist and unfortunately I have her drawing genes (sorry mom).  I have friends that are called artists and husbands of friends that are artist.  Who named them?  When did they get comfortable calling themselves artists?  How does one become an artist?

Is it education?  Is it dedication?  Is it earned or deserved?  Is it longevity?  Is it based on how much money your artistic works bring in?  Is it based on who your know or who knows you?  I looked it up and found this:

art·ist

[ahr-tist]

1. a person who produces works in any of the arts that are primarily subject to aesthetic criteria.

2. a person who practices one of the fine arts,  especially a painter or sculptor.

3. a person whose trade or profession requires a knowledge of design, drawing, painting, etc.: a commercial artist.

4. a person who works in one of the performing arts,  as an actor, musician, or singer; a public performer: a mimeartist; an artist of the dance.

5. a person whose work exhibits exceptional skill.

6. a person who is expert at trickery or deceit: He’s an artist with cards.

I’m happy to say that I was then open to the idea that I might, just might, be an artist .  I don’t have to draw or dance (which I do love to wear my belly dancing jingly thing and move around the house and PRETEND that I have skills) or sculpt or mime.   The title, Artist,  is subjective.  What I call art and what you call art may be on opposite sides of the spectrum.  And that’s ok.

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