What comes to your mind when you see the word ARTIST? If you’re like most people you probably have a vision of paintings or sketches from a well-known figure all dated and signed.
Well it’s no wonder that’s first and foremost in your mind. This is the definition found in the dictionary on my iPhone:
ARTIST — noun
- a person who produces works in any of the arts that are primarily subject to aesthetic criteria.
- a person who practices one of the fine arts, especially a painter or sculptor.
- a person whose trade or profession requires a knowledge of design, drawing, painting, etc.: a commercial artist.
- a person who works in one of the performing arts, as an actor, musician, or singer; a public performer: a mime artist; an artist of the dance.
- a person whose work exhibits exceptional skill.
- a person who is expert at trickery or deceit: He’s an artist with cards.
Obsolete. an artisan.
Origin: 1575–85; < Middle French artiste < Medieval Latin artista master of arts. See art1, -ist
I think there is a bit of artist in all of us, but it’s not until the 4th example in the above definition any other art form was mentioned. Writing is never mentioned unless you consider number 5 as covering the art of writing. After all, it does take a bit of skill and imagination to write.
Having said that, there are many in my family who should be listed as artists. H’s talent lies in teaching and performing music. My oldest sister is a magnificent cook. I sure didn’t acquire any of that talent. I get by cooking as little as possible.
Another sister is a wonderful seamstress and quilter. My brother has woodworking skills. My daughter also has teaching and musical skills. The list goes on and on. I know I’ve left some out. Forgive me.
When I was groping for an A word to write an essay on for the A to Z Blogging Challenge, Artist came to my mind and since Andrew also starts with an A and has reached a milestone in his career of choice – college – I figured I might as well kill two birds with one stone with this essay.
Andrew follows in his fathers footsteps with his musical talent. A friend of mine said, when I showed her this picture, “He just looks like an artist!”
He does at that, doesn’t he?
Are you an artist? Are there any in your family? I bet you won’t have to look far for them if you reach out past the norm of paintings and sketches. Who knows? You may even have a painter in the bunch!