A friend recently introduced me to someone as an artist. I was sincerely honored by the characterization, but in fairness to true artists, I had to dismiss the use of the label. I am far from an artist and my rejection of the use of that term to describe me does not come from a poor self- image but rather an honest assessment of my talents. I am not an artist! And while I would truly love to be able to use that word to describe myself someday, the simple truth is that I lack the real talent and skill that I think is needed to be truly called an artist in the traditional sense.This caused me to think however, on how I would describe myself? What would be an honest characterization of me and the meager talents that I think I do have?
So I picked the most obvious place to start…the dictionary. First I looked up the definition of the word artist.
Artist - noun art·ist \ˈär-tist\- a person having superior skill or ability in some type of fine art, esp painting, drawing, or sculpture. A person who displays in his work qualities required in art, such as sensibility and imagination.
Superior skill or ability in some type of fine art – well, that’s definitely not me
Do I have the work qualities described?
Sensibility – maybeImagination – I think I have a decent amount of that
Then I looked up the word Creative
cre·a·tive - [krēˈādiv]
§ relating to or involving the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work:
§ (of a person) having good imagination or original ideas:
§ a person who is creative, typically in a professional context.
Good imagination or original ideas – I don’t think I’m too bad on that front
Creative in a professional context – Definitely not me!
So in just this short amount of research I think my dismissal in using the term "artist" to describe myself is likely justified. So then how would I define myself?
If I were to describe myself using the shortest and simplest of terms then perhaps “creative player” is a more accurate label on that point.
But people are far more complex than this, which makes a simple description very lacking in capturing someone’s true nature. Our lives are usually much fuller and far more complicated than a simple characterization can convey.
So here’s the longwinded description of my complicated self.
I AM … (in no particular order)
Blessed with a wonderful family
Creative minded but always striving to be better artistically.
Hopelessly and helplessly in love with my best friend (25 years and going strong), and sad when I have to say goodbye to him every morning.
Completely obsessed with fabric and art quilting
A hockey fanatic (Go Lightning!!!)
A new yogi – and loving it!
A lover of art journaling and postcard swaps
A classic movie junkie (and must watcher of Hallmark Christmas movies)
Bicycling inclined (I need to find a “I’d rather be cycling bumper sticker”)
A fan of the music and fashion of the 1940’s
Ok about reading but would rather watch TV
Happy to finally have a studio, but sad that I don't get a lot of time to be in it.
I am realistic, stubborn and resourceful.
My mother’s daughter (thanks Mom)
I am not defined by those around me.
I am ME and
So how would you describe yourself? Send me an e-mail or leave a comment and let me know how you define yourself.
Thanks for reading!