I Am an Artist


"i am an artist when i follow a line where it leads me.
i am an artist when i find a face in a cloud or watch the light change the shape of a hill.
i am an artist when i discover shadows made by the moon, or trace patterns in the sand, or whin i name the colors inside a shell.
i am an artist when i look through a sun shower for a rainbow. i am an artist when i find one.
i am an artist when i notice that the sea is a mirrow for the sky and when i make something from the things that i collect.
i am an artist when i shoot water loops in the air with the hose or discover pictures in drops of rain.
i am an artist when i cut an apple to see the start inside or when i watch sunlight turn dust to glitter.
i am an artist when i crunch through crusted snow and stop to gather winter's hush around me.
i am an artist when i look at a bird until i feel feathery too and an orange until i know what it is to be perfectly round.
i am an artist when i run my fingers over a shiny pod or across the rough bark of a tree or when i blow on a bull-blown milkweed and it splinters into tiny white puffs or when i pick up a maple-tree seed and send it spinning back to earth by its twin propellers.
i am an artist when i see that the sun comes up in a soft haze and goes down in a fiery blaze.
i am an artist when i wait for a star to streak through the night sky or when i sit very still in the woods and listen.
i am an artist whenever i look closely at the world around me.
and whenever YOU listen and see,
you are an artist too."

...by Pat Lowery Collins

This was on one of the wonderful blogs I follow- nevacoloma
Be sure to stop in and visit her!

I love "I Am an Artist" - it allows me to say I AM an artist, rather than just "artsy"- because, as I told Neva, I do everything on this list, and then some.........................


  1. I really like this. Thanks fo posting it!
    ...now off to visit nevacoloma! :)

  2. I love this! The word Child could easily be put in the place of Artist. The two are well entwined :)

  3. I resemble those remarks :) I thought you wrote that Pat, really wonderful and so freeing!

  4. What wonderful words! Thanks for posting this one.

  5. That is just a great read and so now I think i am a bit of an artsy person too. I saw myself in that poem. Lennie