What do you call yourself?
From the time you can remember you wanted to be an artist. Now, you plan your art, you process art, you make, and show your art, yet are you calling yourself an “artist?” Probably not.
Many of those who have thrown themselves into their quilting, rug hooking, painting, mixed-media, and beyond, who are masters of technique, winners of awards, pillars of their respective industries, still have a very, very difficult time identifying themselves as an “artist,” a “writer,” a “sculptor.” You can only imagine where that leaves the rest of us! Who and what are we?
Let me break it down for you: You are an artist if you say you are. Claim it for yourself!
You do not have to break new ground with oil or acrylic, like Picasso, to call yourself a painter. You don’t need to create another Pietà from marble to recognize you are a sculptor. You don’t need to have volumes of published works to boast of being a writer. How many quilts or rugs or stained glass pieces must you design before calling yourself a designer?
You are whatever it is you say you are. You become how you describe yourself.
Oh, sure, it may stick in your throat the first dozen times you try to say it, but say it you must.
“I am an artist.”
“I am a writer.”
“I am an entertainer.”
“I am a designer.”
“I am a lecturer.”
“I am a teacher.”
Own what it is you do. Be the keeper of your image. Take control of how you want others to see and describe you. Laying your claim to who you are and who you continue to become is a vital part of the art you create and a very important piece of your contribution to the creative community in general.
Call yourself an artist and you will be an artist. Lay claim to your creative destiny, through your title — “I am an artist” — and know that, once declared, all of the benefits, opportunities and recognition will come to you.
You are an artist. Acknowledge it and be at peace with it. Embrace the gifts that come with declaring who you are and then allow your creativity and creative vision to manifest.
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