Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Are You an Artist?


Quote of the Day: Please, Think of the Fish




The other day, Zack and I took a trip to Michaels to buy a black marker.  


Zack resists pencils and pens and insists on using markers for all his writing and art these days, and as he's been writing a lot, his black ran dry.  I didn't want to buy another ginormous package of markers when all we needed was black, so I found the Prismacolor display and we grabbed one.


As we sat together later in Barnes and Noble, working on a "Where's Waldo" (our latest passion), I said, "You know, I think Prismacolor makes the best pencils and markers for artists."


"I AM an artist,"  Zack said firmly, circling Waldo.

"Of course you are," I said.  "You've had your work in an art gallery."


He looked up at me, then went back to looking for other minutia in the book.


"No, mom, that's not why I'm an artist."


"Really?  Then why?" I asked.


He put down his pen and sat back, Little Professor ready to school me.  


"BECAUSE, Mom," he said patiently, "anyone who draws is an artist.  You don't have to be in a gallery.  You just have to DRAW."


So profound, my eight year old.











Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.



34 comments:

  1. That's so wonderful! Zack definitely has a sense of self. I remember a college professor telling me, when I had self-doubts, that being an artist or having talent was "the need to create." I find these expressions, Zack's included, very freeing and positive ... without judgment. You're a great mom and it's revealed all the time through Zack!

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  2. Now this was beautiful and profound! Good job Zach! :) (and I love my Prismas....)

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  3. I just love Zack. You are truly blessed to have him.

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  4. Your Zack is very wise!

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  5. What wise words! Sometimes what we learn from our children is amazing.

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  6. Out of the mouths of babes. Why is it children are truly smarter than us in so many ways. He is an artist!

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  7. Out of the mouths...very matter of fact and to the point and correct.

    It should be embroidered on a pillow...

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  8. That is brilliant. ;-)

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  9. We all got it right when we were Zack's age. Then society managed to pervert our view of the world and somewhere along the way we lost the truth we knew we once possesesd.
    How blessed you are to have your son, to remind you.

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  10. Zack nailed it. You have a stunning little boy.

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  11. Zack has touched my heart. I believe to that anyone who draws is an artist.

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  12. Hi Lori,
    out of the mouths of babes, your Zack is a real cutie pie and wise beyond his years, my studio walls are covered in art made by Jack and the many students i worked with as a volunteer at Jack's grade school i just can't imagine taking it down>
    take care ttfn L:)

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  13. Amen! I love his picture!

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  14. Yes, he is! and super cute!

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  15. Sometimes ya just knows whatcha knows! Good for him! I'm telling you, Jesse Reno, did he ever get to see the video?

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  16. Oh, Lori Zack is so wonderful. That was PROFOUND. and don't you just love little wide eyed boys Be Blessed to be a blessing

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  17. His painting is awesome. He's a brilliant boy. Motherhood is such a blessing.

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  18. awww, kids say the damnedest things.

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  19. OK, it's official: Zack made my day!

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  20. Zack's got it right..it's not the public acceptance/exposure that makes one an artist..it's having the vision and the drive to bring that vision into the world.

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  21. that's awesome! is he is wise young man.

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  22. Way to go Zack!! Very wise for his young years.

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  23. Yep, I can see the expression and tone of voice....very matter-of-fact. I love it when my kids pop out with stuff like that! Way to go, Zack!

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  24. From the mouth of babes! Have you started a journal of "Zack Says"? Wonderful reading/memories when he gets older.
    Yes, Prismacolor anything rocks.
    Was hoping to meet you at the show, but sounds like you're leaving Friday and that was the only day I was going to be there...unless I decide to go on Sunday,

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  25. Smart kid. Wish we could all have that level of wisdom.

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  26. You gotta put that quote on a pretty poster and sell it. Let Zack design it! And if you don't want to sell it, stick it on your blog as overall motto, it goes so well with your warm, heartfelt, encouraging posts.
    I think this is the most inspiring "a- ha!" moment I've come across in a long time, and coming from a wise 8 year old makes it even better.
    You guys are blessed to have found each other.

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  27. Way to go Zack! And may no one ever convince him otherwise!

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  28. So true, so true! Smart young man! He, no doubt, has a very nuturing environment! Great job, Mom and Dad! :)

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  29. It cracks me up that our boys are the same age and you get profound discussions about the nature of being an artist and I get conversations about why he felt the need to wear two pairs of underwear to bed one night.

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  30. Out of the mouths of babes, Very sweet, I love Zack's art and attitutude, the colors are wonderful and his style so open and free. If we could just keep that innocent approach and be rid of that inner critic who creeps in and makes us doubt ourselves. Bliss for sure.
    Be a very proud mom you are doing a great job with your son.

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  31. Awww, Zack is awesome! What a wonderful post, and especially on my birthday! :-)

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  32. I just fell in love with your son. I hope you don't mind.

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