You’re An Artist?

by Victoria Landis on August 16, 2010

You’re an artist?!  You seem so normal.  If only I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard that.

I’m not sure just when the label artist became synonymous with eccentric, but Van Gogh slicing off his ear and all those Frenchmen cavorting while juggling bottles of absinthe sure didn’t help our cause.

Since I came out of the artist closet – admitted in public that I have the dreaded compulsion to create in paint – I notice people look at me differently than before.  Upon introduction, they smile, do the obligatory scan for tattoos and mutilated body parts, and upon finding none, adopt puzzled expressions.

I’m a social drinker.  I’ve never smoked.  I’m a morning person, not a night owl.  My hair’s never been purple.  I wear one pair of earrings at a time (and only in my ears).  I even wear sensible shoes.

Perhaps this is because by the time I gathered the courage to call myself an artist (spent the first 47 years of my life scared to death that if I said it out loud, the nefarious art police would come along behind me and slap me upside the head), I was middle-aged, had three sons, a mortgage, and college bills to pay.

The financial pressures and rigors of raising children well can knock the eccentric out of anyone.  Not sure I can use that as an excuse, though.  Even before I had kids, I never felt the urge to dress in wild mismatched clothing or live in a drafty loft.

Nope.  All my creativity goes into my oil painting and writing.  Well, almost all of it.  I save some for sewing (love silk!!) and renovating my house.

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Cathy Lewis-Nathan September 7, 2010 at 9:31 am

I’m glad that you came out of the artist’s closet and should be proud of it.
Love your writing and sense of humor too!


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