So, is being an artist something I AM or something I DO? I've been contemplating this question all day, and I've decided that yes, darn it, I am an artist 24/7 whether I pick up a pencil or not. Being an artist doesn't just affect what I create with pigment and paper, it affects the way I see the world, the way I approach all aspects of my daily life.
When I pick out my clothing in the morning and I'm selecting items with different colors and textures and patterns, I'm looking at the ensemble like an artist. When I apply my makeup with assorted brushes I'm painting my face just like I would paint a canvas. When I plate the meals I've made for my family, I add garnishes to increase their beauty, just like an artist adds final details to a sculpture. When I take long walks with my son, I look at my surroundings through a photographer's eyes.