15 Signs You're an Artist

3 Feb 2014

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.

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on 4 Feb 2014 9:27 AM

Oh yes, especially #8 and #11. I'm a still life painter. My daughter laughed at me at the farmer's market holding vegetables up to the light.

You can see some examples at www.dorothylorenze.com and "like" me on FB here: www.facebook.com/dblorenze.artist

Thanks for the fun list - now back to the studio in my paint splattered sweater!

Mela Suzanne wrote
on 4 Feb 2014 9:58 AM

#s 8 through 12 definitely.  Number 13 - not so much - mostly pens because I'm also a writer...

Charlie Gunn wrote
on 4 Feb 2014 11:06 AM

I love this!!!!  So true!

kotah wrote
on 4 Feb 2014 3:39 PM

Does this mean sculptors aren't artist?

on 4 Feb 2014 5:20 PM

Oh yes, I have been guilty of describing the sunset as Mars Violet but if that means I'm an artist then I'll ask for a lifetime sentence!

Owen1234 wrote
on 8 Feb 2014 10:24 AM

To Kotah:   Rodin said "each of my sculptures is worth eight of your paintings."  Think about it.

on 8 Feb 2014 12:09 PM

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.

Kahlara wrote
on 8 Feb 2014 12:14 PM

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

Gerry Lavery wrote
on 9 Feb 2014 11:36 AM

This should be retitled to "15 signs you're a painter". There are hundreds of other kinds of artists out there who never touch paint.

CBHume3 wrote
on 10 Feb 2014 9:40 AM

I have done all of the above, except my kids names, they came before I became obsessed ( more like possessed!!!)

Bart S wrote
on 15 Feb 2014 4:08 PM

#8 is me, but my wife dose not like it, she doesn't understand

#9 is  the way I fill put the canvas on the easel

on 23 Feb 2014 2:07 PM

Great Blog by the way! I've got some catchup reading to do here!

I'm 6 and 9 definately!

If you'd like to see my blog, its at: julianlovegroveart.com/blog

I'm fairly new to blogging and am still learning the ropes.

Thanks for a good read.

on 7 Mar 2014 8:04 PM

" 8. You keep everything - EVERYTHING. Because one day you might use it for an art project or painting. " I do it !!! really I do  :)