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An Artisan

An Artisan to me is someone who performs in the fine arts, but I believe that it would also refer to a craftsman or craftswoman who work in the trades. To me, it would be painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, music or literature…. And, oh yes, acting, cooking and design in it’s many and varied forms.

An Artisan is someone who is skilled in one of these areas and who does it for the enjoyment and pleasure of others…. either for payment or not. Visual, taste or hearing all fall in this category, but to me it must be harmonious. When an Artisan is involved in their special gift of creating, time passes quickly and without effort for they are doing what they love. They are doing what speaks to their soul and every breath they take.

An Artisan is truly blessed if they can make a living doing what they love, but would be equally satisfied to get together with others who share their same passion and produce a collaboration of talent for the enjoyment of others… or simply themselves. Their creativity is like a well that self perpetuates.

For me, being an Artisan is something that is just beginning to give birth. My Artisan is an infant who longs to grow and develop. Being an Artisan is a calling that when answered is more satisfying than anything else I have ever done in my life. As I create, this energy grows and creates more ideas that give wings to time and labor, leaving this most satisfied feeling. To be an Artisan is the true reward of living.

To me, being an Artisan is the highest form of life itself!

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Thoughts on being an artisan…
I wrote this little piece when I was the acting editor for Emerald City Artisans and I managed our little newspaper. The friends I made here will always be kindred spirits, for we all felt the same way about the arts.

Cameras and photography captured my interest years ago as a child with my little Brownie. The cameras have changed over the years until the Digital age when I got really serious about photography. Not only has my work improved, but it has opened many doors to meeting wonderful people along the way. New friendships and learning new skills… I am hopeful that some of my best work is yet to come.

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  • Mark Ramstead
    Mark Ramsteadalmost 4 years ago

    Here here! This word means very much to me.

  • Thank you very much, Mark. I can see I have found a kindred spirit in you. So glad you stopped by.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedalmost 4 years ago

    Very inspired Marjie – and SO TRUE – I love what you have written :o)

  • Thank you so much, Kira. I have a great affection for all artisans…

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • timbuckley
    timbuckleyalmost 4 years ago

    very beautiful well written noble sentiment and artisan to me is someone who tries every day to develop the sense of his own inner craft and talent from tying flies to being a mother to baking a cake we might have the ingredients but only an artisan can make it greater than the sum of its parts and he gets there through the doors of repeated failures and learner to do it better on the way but in his own individual style

  • Tim, you words always move me. I love what you have expressed here and I do believe this to be true. It is always that individual style of every artisan that comes through. I remember being in art class and all of us had the very same model or project. But each and every person produced a unique piece. Thank you so much for our comment.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful!!!!! I can feel your ‘heart’ in this . . . beautifully done!! :-)

  • Thank you very much, Lorilee. Art does touch our heart, doesn’t it?

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • Ann Mortimer
    Ann Mortimeralmost 4 years ago

    I loved reading your beautiful uplifting thoughts, Marjorie!

  • Thank you very much Ann. Have a lovely day!

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • BlackSwan
    BlackSwanalmost 4 years ago

    Only an artisan could come up with words like these. Universal truths that only an another artisan can fully identify with. When I start to create, time and space are erased, nothing excists but the creative energy within me and the tools. It’s like another dimension (I call it Leena -land hehe..) Well done Marjie! x

  • That is so true, isn’t it, Leena. We can get completly and happily absorbed in our creations. What a blissful place to be.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepalmost 4 years ago

    Very inspirational write…good stuff here!

  • Thank you so much. I am glad you like it.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • Linda Miller Gesualdo
    Linda Miller G...almost 4 years ago

    Wonderful inspiring words Marjorie :-)

  • Thank you so much,Linda. I used to be the editor for Emerald City Artisans and I wrote this for my first issue of our newspaper.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 4 years ago

    You go girl!!! Wonderful. I felt inspired as I keep reading. Yeah, the greatest feeling in the world is doing what comes from the heart!!! Marvelous!!

  • Thank you so much, Cee. I know that many will be able to relate to what I have written. I so appreciate you coming by and sharing your thoughts.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • bevmorgan
    bevmorganalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderfully expressed, Marjorie. I can identify with so much in this article you have so adeptly written, writing of course being one of the creative arts. I don’t know if you have read “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron, but it is a wonderfully inspirational book and I highly recommend it to all.

  • Oh yes! Bev, my daughter and I both have The Artist’s Way. A great book and also a part of a wonderful series. Thank you so much for your thoughtful response. I simply loves your work and I am glad you liked my writing. Warm wishes, Marjie xoxox

    – Marjorie Wallace

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