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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Your Artistic Identity Defined

Throughout my life, I enjoy being able to take a moment to look back over the “Seasons”.  There are specific moments and milestones which mark the end of one season and the beginning of another.  We each possess the ability mark our progress to full awareness and begin to make choices regarding our life path.  Over a series of seasons, milestones, and maturity, we begin to shape who we are.  Discovering who we are provides self-awareness, some call this their “calling” or purpose in life.  Clearly we each have our own path, have you found yours?

If we were to define your destined role, would you define it any of these terms?

The Artist:  Britannica Online defines art as "the use of skill and imagination in the creation of aesthetic objects, environments, or experiences that can be shared with others."  Therefore the Artist, would be the creator, one with imagination, and one who uses his skills and creativity in such a fashion as to share them with other people.  Do you often symbolize your ideas or express them in unusual ways?

The Student: any person who studies, investigates, or examines thoughtfully, usually in a formal setting.  The student is fixated on a subject matter to the extent he internalizes its meaning and in turn is able to make connections to life, the world, and other matter.  Do you find you most enjoy the act of discovery?

The Educator:  a person or thing that educates, especially a teacher, principal, or other person involved in planning or directing education. This person organizes/controls the way in which information is delivered to the student.  Do you find you relate to wanting to share ideas in an organized way and are usually the one who most come to for advice or guidance?

The Collector:  is aware of and appreciates the value of particular thoughts, ideas, things which he then seeks to harbor in his own possession.  Usually he is of particular taste and looks to compile those things which expand his collection.  Do you find you accumulate knowledge, experiences, or ideas, to become an expert of a particular subject?

The Dealer:  a person who buys and sells articles without altering their condition.  This individual is excellent at identifying valuable commodities and delivering them to the appropriate audience.  Do you find you are skilled in delivering added value to groups or individuals by means of maximizing return on your physical, emotional, or intellectual investments?

Which one of these describes you?  Do you identify with more than one?

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