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Happy

You wouldn’t believe how much time artists spend discussing the issue of what to call themselves. Try calling certain art fair artists a “vendor” and then sit back and watch their creative little heads explode. For others, the issue is more along the lines of artist vs. craftsman. Or, God forbid, crafter. Their point being that only a supremely talented few have earned the right to call themselves “artists”, and that merely being a skilled artisan or having a good idea does not allow you the privilege of assuming the lofty mantle of “artist”.

So the issue had been on my mind lately when, at a monthly luncheon of self-employed neighbors, someone inquired as to what I did for a living, and then asked what I called myself. I was prepared to give some flippant answer, but the word that leapt from my mouth surprised both of us.

“Happy”.

That’s it. I’m happy. I love what I do. I wake up in the morning excited to go to my workshop and create new things. I adore traveling the country with Phil and meeting all you lovely people at art fairs. I am thrilled beyond repair that people seem to like what I do and are willing to give me money for it. So call me an artist or a craftsperson or an artisan or a vendor, or “that damn trinket maker”. I really don’t give a rat’s ass. I’m happy. I am, quite possibly, the luckiest person in the world.

Of course, on my income tax forms, I’m putting down “artist”. No sense trying to explain “happy” to the IRS.

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10 Responses to “Happy”


  1. August 11, 2012 at 11:12 am

    I LOVE this!!! but I would really love for you to put HAPPY for the IRS- c’mon- do it!! LOL shake ’em up a bit!!

  2. 2 artgirlraleigh
    August 11, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Although I am 100% honest in my reporting to the IRS, I think entering “Happy” in the “Occupation” line would just be begging for trouble. And by “trouble”, I mean having to sort through several grocery bags and wine boxes full of receipts in no particular order.

  3. August 13, 2012 at 8:58 am

    No to mention, the IRS can’t quantify ‘Happy’ You must be categorized, you must be assimilated.

  4. 4 Phil
    August 13, 2012 at 9:38 am

    You’re Don Francisco’s sister.
    xoxoxoox

  5. 6 Anne
    August 13, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Who the heck is Don Francisco…. and will I get to meet him in Sausalito? ;-P

  6. August 13, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    They will make a category for you! They’re special, that way. But, the tax bracket is much higher, so be ready.
    I’m tickled pink for you guys, as you know.

  7. August 17, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    I’m happy you do what you do too. I love these beings you create. I just want to see them in their own Disney/Pixar movie. When I look at them I can imagine their vices and personality. I had no idea you had this in you. I knew you were a professional illustrator artist. And I knew first hand that you are an actor artist. You kind move up to a God now. And we love it when our God’s are Happy! – Scotty

    • August 17, 2012 at 11:42 pm

      I’m happy you do what you do too. I love these beings you create. I just want to see them in their own Disney/Pixar movie. When I look at them I can imagine their voices and personality. They are so real. I had no idea you had this in you. I knew you were a professional illustrator artist. And I knew first hand that you are an actor artist. You have kind of move up to a God now Amy. And we love it when our Gods are Happy! – Scotty


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