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55 ways to tell if you’re an artist

55 ways to tell if you’re an artist…….


1. You know the difference between beige, ecru, cream, off-white, almond, and eggshell.

2. You’ve ever considered framing your palette instead of the painting.

3. You notice the burnt sienna  in the background of the Playboy centrefold.

4. You’ve ever cleaned your fingernails with a palette knife.

5.  You were more concerned about the colour of your car than the fuel consumption.

6. You can’t find a nice pair of trousers in your wardrobe because everything has paint smears on it.

7.  You know how to paint a shadow.

8. You’d rather buy a new expensive easel than pay to have the kitchen updated.

9. You clean your brushes in your mug of tea.  

10. You regularly drink the rinse water instead of your tea.

11. Your local DIY store refuses to work with you regarding choosing new paint for your house as you rename all of their paint swatches and get upset because they don’t understand that their version of turquoise isn’t a true one.

12. You can SEE clearly that the shade of greeny blue also has red in it and treat as idiots the  people who say they can’t.

13. You paint more than you talk.

14. You like the smell of turpentine and find it comforting.

15. You know exactly what shade of green lichen is.

16. You carry pencils instead of pens.

17. You butter your toast with your fingers, just to feel its texture.

18. Your children are forced to share a room so you can have an art studio.

19. You know more than 29 colours.

20. The highlights in your hair are from your palette and not the hairdresser.

21. The suggestion that you should *get a proper job* makes you want to scream and throw things.

22.  You do judge a book by its cover.

23. Your favorite fragrance is eau d’ linseed oil.

24. You get a feeling of calmness from holding and stroking the bristles of your clean paintbrushes.

25. When viewing a sunset, you think in terms of cadmium yellow (light hue), Windsor orange and maybe a touch of cobalt blue mixed with a hint of alizarin crimson. 

26. You’ll travel miles to sketch a place of scenic beauty.

27. You hate days out at ugly places and sulk about it til you get home.

28. You watch the latest kids’ digital animation movies and drool over the effects as much as the story.

29. You’re late for a date because you suddenly knew exactly what that detail of your latest painting needed and just had to fix it while it was fresh in your mind.

30. When you go out, you are always stopping and gazing at the world around you.

31. You bought paint instead of new clothes.

32. You stay awake late at night wondering how to render on canvas the dimly lit shapes and the shadows in your room.

33. Seeing the moon through bare branches reminds you how blue night sky can be.

34 Everytime you drive past a certain characterful tree you want to paint it  in all the seasons, all the weathers, fog and mist, sun and rain, day and night, just to capture the different dramatic  effects it all has on it.

35.You never look at a person’s face as a whole. You break it up into shadows and lines and shapes, and think how they would look on a canvas.

36. There are Prussian blue fingerprints on your phone.

37. You’re in love … with your studio.

38. You buy those new expensive sable brushes, and have nothing to eat this week. And don’t mind.

39. You have watercolour swatches on cardboard in your pocket.

40. You’d rather watch the dust motes in the air than get the hoover out.

41. Most cleaning fluids in the house have been used in experimental mixed medias.

42. You never have any left over wrapping paper in the house as its all been used for collages as a basis for paintings.

43. You hang paintings before they are fully dry.

44. You think about taking a picture to exhibit at a show. But don’t want to part with it. So don’t.

45. Buying blank books is exciting for all the images you’ll fill them up with.

46. You kiss people in greeting and check them over quickly to make sure you’ve not transferred paint to them.

47. You draw your letters instead of write them.

48. You like to paint the town red.

49. You can never understand how other people can have blank walls in their house that are just aching to be filled with a painting.

50. When going on a quick errand in your painting clothes you’re finding people rave over the ‘fashion statement’ you didn’t even realize you were making.

51.You get excited about the football season because it means your significant other will finally be sitting still on the sofa long enough for you to paint him.

52. You notice *lost and found* edges in other peoples pictures more than the figure they’ve drawn.

53.  You can get more excited about a particular shade of pink than going out for a meal.

54. You long to be alone with your thoughts.

55. You’ve got a head swimming with ideas for your next painting, and can’t wait to get it started.


1 thought on “55 ways to tell if you’re an artist”

  1. i just wanted to say how much I can empathise with #33 – keep up the good work!

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