Define Yourself

"Not just beautiful, though--the stars are like the trees in the forest,
alive and breathing. And they're watching me."
— Haruki Murakami

{this post updated April 2011; originally published February 2010}

Three years ago, I was ordering a latte at Starbucks, tentatively holding a moleskine journal and a Ziploc of pitt pens and gellyrolls, anxious for a few peaceful hours of drawing. The barista asked if I was an artist. What an odd question for a girl who had lived in the world of numbers, objective decisions and analysis for decades since grad school. And I said yes. Yes.

If you teach calculus, yet play golf every chance you can, are you not a golfer? You don't have to be a competitive golfer or a particularly agile player to use the word. Calling yourself a golfer takes nothing away from professional golfers or golf teachers.

We have many faces to the world:

  • A Java programmer who is an avid urban sketcher
  • A homeschooling mom who writes sci fi stories
  • A pilot who knits cardigans
  • A marine biology professor who watercolors all summer
  • A pediatrician who blogs about interior design trends
  • A realtor who blogs about photoshop
  • A veterinarian who writes quilt patterns

What are you? "I am a [fill in the blank] and a [fill in the blank]"

PS. It's Your Art