you are what you do

Yesterday I mentioned how I was a fool to buy canvas at the fabric store instead of the art store. Though I did learn a great life lesson from a fabric store lady back in 94. It was the first time I went to a fabric store on the south side of the Chicago to beat the prices of the art store. (I bought cheap $1/yard muslin). She asked me what I was doing with the fabric. I told her I was an art student and I was taking a painting class, but I wasn’t a painter. She replied very sternly and confidently, “If you paint, then you’re a painter.” That moment has stayed with me since.

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16 years ago

Smart lady. ๐Ÿ™‚

Matt Maldre
16 years ago

at what point did you become a painter? when you had the realization when this lady told you this? Or was when you made your first painting prior to this? Basically, does it really take self-awareness to be what you do? Or once you do something, you automatically become that?

According to this lady’s point, it is the latter–once you do something, you become that action. I am a commenter.

Tom Saaristo
16 years ago

I’m a commenter too. Doesn’t pay much, but doing what you love supersedes the material benefits.