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Myclaugh
01-26-2011, 12:25 PM
Put your comedic hat on and give us an anectdote, true or made up.


Here's a few to start-

"You know you're an artist when......"


.....someone compliments you on your lipstick - but you dont use it - and then you realize it's from holding paint brushes in your mouth.


.....you start painting at 7 pm, then after what seems like an hour - you go to bed at 3 am.


.....your kitchen table looks like the table at the craft shop.


.....the words you hear most are "how long did it take you to paint that"?

Yorky
01-26-2011, 01:46 PM
... When the first thing you pack when going on holiday is your plein air kit.

Doug

Mariette Deveau
01-27-2011, 05:27 PM
... when you own hundreds of tubes of paint but none of lipstick.



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claude j greengrass
01-27-2011, 06:38 PM
...when there is aways a charge on your monthly credit card bill from your local/on-line art store.

AlaskaDan
01-27-2011, 09:54 PM
when you spend more time on Wet Canvas than Facebook

Mariette Deveau
01-28-2011, 08:39 AM
when you go out in public
and you still have a paintbrush
tucked behind your ear...


http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee235/Mariette_61/artist.jpg


Notice the mis-matched socks ? :lol: ...
That actually happened to me.

A group of watercolour artists had invited me to join them
for their weekly paint sessions/get-togethers at our local library.
I was so excited and in such a hurry that I forgot I was wearing two
different socks ( one white & one black). I had just stepped into my sandals (black) and took off for the library.

I only noticed my blunder half-way through the session. :o !

~



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Myclaugh
01-30-2011, 12:58 PM
when your kids grumble after you describe the colors in the sky as alizarin crimson with some cad orange. and maybe some raw sienna........

Tom Perry
02-24-2011, 10:05 PM
When your tax return goes toward your art supplies bill.

seester
05-10-2011, 04:21 AM
When my husband makes a comment about a movie we are watching and I realize I have no idea what has happened because I was looking at the scenery in the background thinking it would make a nice painting.

RWSewell
05-10-2011, 11:35 AM
When you're at a restaurant and you comment on the design of the menu as well as the selections...

(that may fall more under the catagory "You know you're a Graphic artist when...") :rolleyes: :)

Shawn Qui-Qui
05-10-2011, 03:09 PM
When you hide a sketchbook at work to make little sketches whilst no one is looking.

When you see paintings in poetry ( or vice versa)

When you can take scraps of mistakes or mess ups and turn them into something beautiful.

When you see the wall of a run down building and think of it as a canvas to build a world color upon.

When its hard to hold a relationship due to your many hours in your studio.

When you call any room that you are allowed to paint in, a studio.

When you are bleeding and you try to find a way to match the color of your blood.

When you run out of paper so you use your skin as a canvas instead.

When you let your mind run free and just create whatever it wants.

When you find a horrible disfigurement beautiful and chose it as reference for your art.

When you spend more time studying here on WC than you do studying for school.

RWSewell
06-05-2011, 12:39 PM
When the comics page is more than just a quick chuckle before starting the crossword or Suduko puzzle...

Berk Breathed definitely one of my favorite artists/illustrators.

FoxEnova
06-05-2011, 01:03 PM
I have No idea. Haven't gotten that far along.....

Maureen Grantham
09-11-2011, 07:26 AM
You are burgled and rush to see if your paints are safe......

brianvds
09-11-2011, 08:05 AM
...when you can watch a porn movie and wonder which paints to mix to get those flesh tones.

...when you wonder what is the colour of a glass of milk in the shade.

...when you think the purpose of a camera is to take pictures of your paintings.

...when you can see more colours in a rainbow than a physicist can.

...when you find yourself fascinated rather than horrified by pictures of starving people, or any other imagery that allows you to see people's internal anatomy.

...when you barbecue and find yourself doodling pictures with the charcoal instead if setting it alight.

...when you pick up a goose feather and find yourself wondering whether you should try cutting it into a quill pen.

...when you save a broken glass or mug for a still life painting instead of throwing it away.

...when you notice perspective errors in badly painted graffiti.

...when you find yourself squinting at things around you to see their shapes more clearly (you know you're doing this when people around you begin staring at you like you're crazy!)

...when sitting in a restaurant, you find yourself idly creating models and installations from the odds and ends that always lie around on the table, like the paper tubes the straws come in or empty sugar packets.

...when instead of mopping up spills on the table, you deliberately mix the coffee spill with the strawberry milkshake spill to see what colours you can create.

...when you are shaving and you suddenly wonder what you would look like minus your one ear... ;-)

snoball
09-11-2011, 08:08 AM
When all the clothing you own matches everything else, because they are all decorated with paint smears.

AlainJ
10-27-2011, 08:35 AM
When you believe that success is measured by the number of your paintings that have been stolen....

When you stirr your coffee with the handle of a brush and mix paint with a spoon....

When you visit churches to identify the school and period of the icons.... and when you declare that most saints make poor models....

When you ponder what is the difference between luck and talent....

When you note down the shopping list in your sketchbook....

When you drop sand over mud to assess what earth tone you can achieve.....

When you clear up the drawing table to have a more enduring appreciation of a white sheet....

littleblacksheep
11-02-2011, 04:12 PM
...when you comment on the subtitle usage, placement, and design in a movie like "Fast Five."

...when your friends look for you in your studio space before they look for you in your home/dorm/apartment.

renaissancemedici
11-04-2011, 08:11 AM
When you look intensly at people's faces, imagining drawing lines, colour combinations etc.
Result: you freak them out/ they think you are interested, while in reality you don't even pay attention to what they are saying to you.

When you drag your better half into museums and galleries, promising unheard of things to get them there. Then you break your promise (of course).

When the country you live in is about to go down with a big crash, and instead of listening to the news you are browsing wetcanvas.

When you think for a moment how could a possible bankruptcy of your country benefit your art (the romantic in us...)

When you are more upset about not having money to buy art supplies, than food, in the event of that same possible bankruptcy.

AlainJ
11-04-2011, 04:04 PM
When you are more upset about not having money to buy art supplies, than food, in the event of that same possible bankruptcy.



When you start thinking about setting up a new form of humanitarian aid in paper and watercolour instead of wheat or rice....

Maureen Grantham
11-05-2011, 06:14 AM
Your lunchtime sandwich has interesting colour fingerprints on it.

RWSewell
11-06-2011, 09:00 AM
When you're a 45-year old man sitting in the Childrens section of a bookstore admiring the picture books (big Chris Van Allsburg fan)...

samben84
11-07-2011, 02:32 PM
When you constantly catch yourself studying cloud formations or tree colors instead of watching where you are driving. :rolleyes:

AlainJ
11-13-2011, 06:45 AM
WHen your 93 years mother asks "when will you get a decent job?"

opainter
12-14-2011, 10:21 PM
... when you can't eat the fruit because it's for your next painting.

RWSewell
12-15-2011, 10:31 AM
When you're recovering personal effects from your crashed car and the only thing you care about is the art portfolio you left in the trunk.

Irrylath
12-16-2011, 02:44 PM
...when after a movie you try to discuss how well the miniature blends with the set in that one scene, only to get blank looks with the question, "which scene...what miniature?"
(last Indiana Jones movie, the graveyard scene)

...when you spend more attention on what is painted vs real in a play/movie than you do on the plot.

RWSewell
12-16-2011, 03:29 PM
I get the same look whenever I mention the name Ray Harryhausen...:lol:

You know you're an artist when you still appreciate the pre-CGI artistry of stop-motion animation.

snoball
12-16-2011, 06:34 PM
when you try to recognize the artist who painted all the paintings on the walls of any movie.

AlainJ
12-19-2011, 05:37 AM
when you place your palette on the bedside table after having sex....

opainter
12-20-2011, 12:31 AM
when you pull out your paints and brushes when you see a French lady faint

#5E610B
12-20-2011, 01:15 AM
--you fall asleep with your laptop logged on to WC and you periodically wake up and click "New Posts"

--instead of falling asleep with a "good book", you fall asleep with your sketchbook or your latest WIP propped across your body

--conversations become long-winded, you entertain yourself with a ball-point pen and any old scrap of paper you can find

--you look at a young face and in your mind's eye see the contours of old age

--you look into the face of old age and are in awe of every wrinkle

--people ask, "what are you drawing next?" before they even ask, "how are you?"

opainter
12-21-2011, 01:13 AM
... you get homesick for the French countryside (even though you've never been to France)

AlainJ
12-21-2011, 09:43 PM
when you see a naked dancer and you pull out your sketchbook....

opainter
12-24-2011, 01:22 AM
drop-dead gorgeous French mademoiselles faint left-and-right in front of you in order to get in your pictures (I should know, it happens to me all the time) :lol:

opainter
02-07-2012, 01:34 AM
When everybody mistakes you for Bob Ross.

lenday
03-11-2012, 01:58 PM
When you think today is Monday and discover its next Friday.
When you paint extra spots and stripes of paint on your jeans so they dont JUST look 'dirty'.
When you stop thinking about how to look nice, clean some paint out of your hair, and think about 'how to look human'.
When you have to pin up a sign that says 'remember! DONT GO NEAR THE LOG BURNER'.
When you realize the dog is eating better meals, than you are.
When nobody wants to lend you any money.
When people stop telling you 'youve got a green nose'
When your 'spam' is all about how to make a fortune online with prints.

Artcat369
03-30-2012, 02:18 PM
...when you'd actually prefer painting to having sex!!! (whoops!)

samben84
03-30-2012, 02:26 PM
...if you don't get to paint for a while and you get irritable and have symptoms of withdrawal...:evil: :envy: :(

artyczar
03-31-2012, 03:19 AM
When every single thing in life you see and experience is somehow beautiful.

KangaRueg
04-03-2012, 01:23 AM
...when you "collect" almost every odd and end you find on the floor at work or school - buttons, broken pens, bits of coloured string - for the expressed purpose of using them in your next mixed media project!
... better yet - when you come back from vacation and realise some of your most treasured suveniors are the "finds" you picked up along the way! (a button from the Vatican, a bit of chain from the Louvre, a silver ring from the Washington Monument... true story!)

Maureen Grantham
04-03-2012, 07:20 PM
and paint smeared sheets add to the after-glow!

opainter
07-04-2013, 01:09 AM
When someone throws a brick at you, and you stop to contemplate whether the brick's color is raw sienna or terra rosa.

snoball
07-04-2013, 09:12 AM
When all your clothes match and look like they were designed by Jackson Pollock.

AprilJoy
07-07-2013, 10:55 AM
You sit a piping hot cup of coffee down, pick up your paintbrush & your mug is stone-cold by the time you remember it's there.

opainter
11-14-2013, 11:39 PM
You start losing models in your studio. Human models.

paigeartist
02-07-2014, 01:53 PM
When you see this smiley :thumbsup: as someone measuring proportions and perspective instead of a wink and thumbs up.

old grey tiger
02-24-2014, 12:45 PM
you can't find anything to wear without paint stains on it.

Use Her Name
02-24-2014, 12:55 PM
Your resume has a series of temporary and part time jobs on it.

old grey tiger
02-25-2014, 07:41 PM
your cat has purple whiskers.

DavidPriestley
02-26-2014, 04:18 AM
When you return from your family holiday, look at your photos and realise there's just 5 family snapshots, 23 shots of the scenery around the place you visited and over 200 shots of nothing but clouds.

opainter
02-27-2014, 10:22 PM
. . . when you think in black and white, ... and purple!

PaintBoss
03-02-2014, 12:03 AM
When you want to add an extra chair or a couch to your studio space, so friends/family can see you (and you can get some human company), but you can still keep painting….Oh and the "studio" may just be an extra bedroom. And the discussions can be fully involved without ever looking at the people, because you concentrate beautifully by listening and painting at the same time...

UnknownArtist
03-04-2014, 11:35 AM
When you fall asleep with visions of what can be created next.

opainter
03-05-2014, 01:22 AM
When you are painting outside, and you are so preoccupied that you don't realize until it is too late (both for you and for your painting!) that you are sitting in the middle of a storm.

old grey tiger
03-17-2014, 10:44 PM
buy vegetables that will make a good painting rather than make a good salad.

opainter
04-10-2014, 02:12 AM
. . . when you your pets get into your paints, but you don't notice because you are busy painting.

BrushBeater
04-10-2014, 04:40 PM
When you want to add an extra chair or a couch to your studio space, so friends/family can see you (and you can get some human company), but you can still keep painting….Oh and the "studio" may just be an extra bedroom. And the discussions can be fully involved without ever looking at the people, because you concentrate beautifully by listening and painting at the same time...
Its funny but I remember reading an old book on painting where the chapter on setting up your home studio noted to not have any chairs or anything comfortable in the studio that would encourage people to hang around and annoy you for extended periods of time. :lol:

BrushBeater
04-10-2014, 04:48 PM
found it http://books.google.com/books?id=NKJbAAAAQAAJ&dq=%22the%20furniture%20of%20the%20painting%20room%20should%20be%20simple%22&pg=PA2#v=onepage&q=%22the%20furniture%20of%20the%20painting%20room%20should%20be%20simple%22&f=false

PaintBoss
04-10-2014, 08:05 PM
Yeah, except after a while I realize i need more human interaction with friends and family. Or they are pulling me away from my studio time. So if you want to chat, come hang out with me, I need to paint! 2 birds, one stone.
And you wouldn't believe what conversations come up when my 12 year old plops herself down and hangs out (without social media). :eek: It's a wonder my brush hasn't fallen off the canvas a few times…but hey it created space for dialogue.
You know you are an artist when….you want to run up to the instructor's charcoal portrait and correct what you see is wrong during a teaching lecture. In fact the problem area he has failed to notice in the hour, is driving you nuts, and is about the only thing you see….And he says it looks right…but he has the proportions way off around the back of the skull.(LOL happened today for me).
Also you know you are an artist when….happiness and the world has gone full circle, when your older child looks at your work and says "WOW, you ARE an artist!, or"OMG YOU did THAT???" (Why yes, I did, guess I get some respect now). And then suggests painting together on the weekend. =BLISS:D

Claudia in Alaska
05-12-2014, 04:52 AM
...when you realize that all your non-artist friends are practically color-blind!

Went out with a bunch of friends skiing in a snowy mountain landscape under a clear deep blue sky. I remarked on the beautiful deep blue shadows of the mountains. My dopey friends couldn't see it - blue?! I asked them what color they thought the shadows were, and they said, "grey! Shadows are always gray!"

Colorblind, tragic!

DavidPriestley
05-12-2014, 06:08 AM
. . . when you your pets get into your paints, but you don't notice because you are busy painting.

Just last night, me and my wife were watching telly when she noticed the blob of yellow ochre on end of the dog's tail. I had been painting several hours earlier and hadn't voticed it in all that time.

Caroline Evans
05-14-2014, 09:19 PM
...when the value of the check-out girl's shirt is the same as your grocery bag.

...when you buy fabric, leave it on the cutting counter, walk across the shop to the thread stalls and find the perfect match in cotton-wrapped polyester, but not in the silk that you need.

...when you DO judge a book by its cover.

... when your computer's photo file fills up three quarters of the available hard-drive space.

... when Pantone announce their color of the year and you know exactly how to mix it from the tubes you have got stashed away.

opainter
05-20-2014, 12:55 AM
Just last night, me and my wife were watching telly when she noticed the blob of yellow ochre on end of the dog's tail. I had been painting several hours earlier and hadn't voticed it in all that time.
And I'll bet that your dog was wagging its tail and flinging paint about the whole time! :eek:

cjorgensen
02-16-2015, 01:59 AM
Your family has a hard time getting things out of the freezer under the fridge because there's a big glass pallet on top of everything, covered with oil paint and saran wrap.

cjorgensen
02-16-2015, 02:09 AM
You actually own a beret.
You have totally gotten used to talking to strangers commenting on your plein air work.
In school, you spent a lot of time sketching the other students sitting still during lectures.
You're are constantly on the lookout for local shop clerks who might make good models someday.
You download people's good FB photos for future reference photos (of course, asking permission before painting.)
You don't believe your relatives any more when they gush over a new painting. You will know it's good when it sells.
When going to the beach, you don't pack swim-suit, towels, surfboard, sand pail or a good book . . . (we know what you are packing).
You have a favorite Dewey Decimal Number (and it's probably in the 750's)
You have more art books regarding your artistic niche than your local library. AND you've read them all.
You know who Bouguereau is, whom he did not accept into the Salon, how to pronounce his name, how to spell his name, and probably use it for a password, since no one else can get it right.
You have more painting DVDs than movie DVDs.

ExquisiteColors
08-07-2015, 08:40 PM
Your siblings ask you for pencils because you have them all.
Other students make fun of you for saying someone has nice eyes but they don't notice that you really liked the color and just want to recreate it.
You look at your hands and they're black because you used charcoal powder.
You draw something before you realize that you were drawing something.
All your notebooks have doodles on them.
Your teacher accuses you of doing other classes work when in reality you were doodling.
Desks make a great canvas for doodling (nobody can stop me :D).

opainter
09-02-2015, 06:02 PM
When your favorite dream is that you were one of the Impressionists.

bvanevery
10-11-2015, 07:23 AM
When you know it isn't going to be a kid who knocks over your plein air easel, it's going to be an adult. And you had already steadied it because you saw it coming.

David Dream
10-26-2015, 11:56 PM
Put your comedic hat on and give us an anectdote, true or made up.


Here's a few to start-

"You know you're an artist when......"


.....someone compliments you on your lipstick - but you dont use it - and then you realize it's from holding paint brushes in your mouth.


.....you start painting at 7 pm, then after what seems like an hour - you go to bed at 3 am.


.....your kitchen table looks like the table at the craft shop.


.....the words you hear most are "how long did it take you to paint that"?
.....someone compliments you on your lipstick - but you dont use it - and then you realize it's from holding paint brushes in your mouth. :lol:

opainter
11-12-2015, 07:24 PM
When you see this smiley :thumbsup: as someone measuring proportions and perspective instead of a wink and thumbs up.

I think you've caught me!

You know you're an artist when your worst nightmare is the one about sitting on your palette. :lol:

bvanevery
11-12-2015, 07:30 PM
Pants can be replaced. The nightmare is the *canvas* falling face down on the grass. Or worse, the dirt.

Medeea
11-13-2015, 03:28 PM
*When you plan to go to the supermarket but then you see some gorgeous autumn trees on the road.You take 50 pictures and go back home...then remember you actually were supposed to go to the supermarket.
*When in the restaurant you notice your steak has some amazing tones and don't eat it...just stare at it.Then when you tell that to your vegetarian husband he's to the point of vomiting.
*When you watch news and pay attention only on the skin tones of the people.
*When you watch horrible photos of war and you think that they would make great expressionistic paintings.

Medeea
11-13-2015, 03:30 PM
*When you plan to go to the supermarket but then you see some gorgeous autumn trees on the road.You take 50 pictures and go back home...then remember you actually were supposed to go to the supermarket.
*When in the restaurant you notice your steak has some amazing tones and don't eat it...just stare at it.Then when you tell that to your vegetarian husband he's to the point of vomiting.:lol:
*When you watch news and pay attention only on the skin tones of the people.
*When you watch horrible photos of war and you think that they would make great expressionistic paintings.
*When you don't bother if you eat an apple with some paint on it.Gold leaf?Even better.

thevaliantx
11-14-2015, 07:38 AM
When you and your 9 year old son are parked in the parking lot of Lowes and you notice the green shadow under a truck a couple of spaces in front of you. You both decide it is the color of the logo on the truck next to it reflecting down on to the pavement.

dob
12-31-2015, 11:48 PM
You spend New Year's Eve on Wet Canvas because it's too cold in the studio to paint!!!

werewolftrixie
02-01-2018, 12:16 AM
When you think about making brushes out of your own cut hair when to save on brush costs (this might be more of a broke uni student thing).

bvanevery
02-01-2018, 12:20 AM
Does it work? I'd be willing to try if I thought it would actually work well.

Snow_tabby
02-01-2018, 12:48 AM
When you think about making brushes out of your own cut hair when to save on brush costs (this might be more of a broke uni student thing).

Or cats hair. :cat: But then compared to the quality of the ones you find in the store, who would blame you for trying to make your own.



Re: You know you're an artist when....

When you still live with your parents cause its cheaper but in your heart you really wish you could afford your own place cause your parents drive you nuts. :p

mbeckett
02-02-2018, 01:17 AM
when charcoal and pastel dust is your personal fifth food group.

Harmony24
07-08-2018, 08:40 PM
...When you start talking about the colors you see in the sunset "burnt carmine, ochre, poppy red" and people don't know what you're talking about...

...When you find yourself craving colored pencils more than that second piece of chocolate...