I know. Because I've read them. And I love them.
I suppose I like them because I can relate to them. They make me feel a little more normal.
But I've noticed, that there are a few things missing from the lists. A few odd behaviours I catch myself doing and trusting (as I sweat with embarrassment) that they are being done by other creatives as well.
So I'll jot them down, and hope that you can either laugh with me... or silently shake your head and walk away.
You know you're an artist when....
1. your favourite childhood tv show was Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings and you still wish scaring off the bad guys was as easy as drawing shark fins.
2. you pull a 2B from your pony-tail in the grocery store and announce "that's where it went!".
3. your children have known the opposite colour of yellow (on the colour wheel) since they were five.
4. you're at the museum, you read the 'Please Do Not Touch' sign, scan the room to see if anyone is looking, and then graze the artefact with your fingers.
5. your make up includes smudges of brightly coloured pastels.
6. you study the colour of shadows cast on the face of your friend as she talks, without hearing a word she is saying.
7. you are mesmerized by the pattern made in your coffee as you slowly pour in the cream.
8. permission forms returned to school with your children include doodles made while you were on the phone that even Freud couldn't explain.
9. you purposefully hang laundry outdoors with attention to pattern, colour, and symmetry.
10. you accidentally dip the paint brush you are using into your coffee, carry on with the painting, and finish the cup of java.
Have you experienced any of these creative encounters?
Are there others that I may have left off this list but you feel should be added?