15 Signs You’re an Artist

What makes an artist an artist? Certainly, we are unique individuals with our own creative impulses and drives, but we do have so much in common. So step away from the canvas, put the paintbrush down, and see how many of these “signs” apply to you! It’s a fun list sent to me from pictureframes.com, and I chuckled out loud over a few of them, so I thought I’d share them with you.


15 Signs You’re an Artist

1. Your sense of time is marked by how long it will take something to dry.

2. You describe the sunset using words like vermillion, amber, and ochre.

15 signs you are an artist

3. Your neighbor is excited about her new furniture, and you’re ecstatic about your new easel.

4. You organize your closet, books, and pantry by color.

5. You haven’t worn shoes in a week. And your socks have paint all over them.

6. You accidentally dip your paintbrush in your coffee cup, and drink it anyway.

7. You spread peanut butter on your toast with your fingers just to experience the texture.

8. You keep everything – EVERYTHING. Because one day you might use it for an art project or painting.

9. You find a blank canvas exhilarating and terrifying all at once.

10. You can’t find anything to wear out for a special occasion because all your clothes are splattered with paint.

11. You always judge books by their covers. And magazines. And posters. And menus.

12. You visit the home improvement store to pick out paint swatches and get angry when the perfect Tiffany blue you’re looking for isn’t there.

13 You carry pencils instead of pens.

14. You named your children Frida and Pablo. And your Dog’s name is Leonardo.

15. You can’t be bothered with framing, so you slap the same gold Plein Air moulding on every piece.

Now, back to the latest painting or drawing that you are working on. The next time you feel tied down to that same old gold Plein Air frame, visit pictureframes.com to see a wide, more diverse selection of Plein Air mouldings and other artist favorites like canvas floaters. And while you’re there, take 30% off your next custom canvas printing order using the code SAVECANVAS, or get free shipping off orders of $75 or more using the code SAVESHIP. Enjoy these exclusive offers through February 28, 2014.

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About Courtney Jordan

  Courtney is the editor of Artist Daily. For her, art is one of life’s essentials and a career mainstay. She’s pursued academic studies of the Old Masters of Spain and Italy as well as museum curatorial experience, writing and reporting on arts and culture as a magazine staffer, and acquiring and editing architecture and cultural history books. She hopes to recommit herself to more studio time, too, working in mixed media.   

14 thoughts on “15 Signs You’re an Artist

  1. I really agree specially with #2, #3, #7 and Specially with #8 since my school times I always keep almost every thing from a broken shoe to a dead insect for this purpose, #11 .Thanks now I am happy n feeling proud as an actual artist.

  2. Many of these can be altered to fit a number of creative outlets. I’m also an amateur chef and a writer, so many of these apply on several levels:

    1. or bake or cool
    3. or new bakeware or kitchen appliance
    4. and also by category
    5. and/or crumbs of some sort
    9. or a clean kitchen or a blank screen/page
    10. more so food and grease stains from cooking – who wears an apron?
    11. rarely

  3. ” 8. You keep everything – EVERYTHING. Because one day you might use it for an art project or painting. ” I do it !!! really I do 🙂