Born to be An Artist

Photo by Brenda Cox

Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to be an artist.  While my siblings and friends played, I sketched.  I sketched people, places, nature and still life.  I could spend hours and hours just sketching but, I always did my chores. 

When I was older, I painted watercolors, which my father hung on the walls in our house.  My mother was displeased. “Don’t you want to be a doctor or a lawyer?”

“No, I want to be an artist.”

“Foolish girl!”

“Let her be,” Father said.  

Today, I’m a successful artist and my work hangs in several museums.

100 Words

This post is for the Friday’s Fictioneers hosted by  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  You can find this week’s prompt here. To read other stories or to participate, click here.

41 thoughts on “Born to be An Artist

  1. It always awes me when people know exactly who they are from a young age. While I’m glad she had her father’s support, something tells me it wouldn’t have mattered. She would have been an artist anyway. Well done.

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  2. Dear Adele,

    I could relate to your MC as a child. While my mom encouraged me to draw and paint, she discouraged it as a career choice. She urged me to take secretarial courses in High School to have a career to “fall back” on. (Does anyone take shorthand these days?) Needless to say, I refused to take those courses. It was actually my dad, a cook and restaurant manager, who unknowingly gave me that fall back on career when we took a cake decorating course together.
    Good for your MC for not veering from her calling.



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    1. Dear Rochelle,

      Yes, it seems like so many people don’t think that there can be a career in Art. I’m happy you, like my MC, didn’t veer from your calling. And I love that you and your Dad took a cake decorating course together.



    1. Danny, it’s funny that you should mention housewife duties because, initially, I was going to have the mother tell her to focus on being a good wife instead of pursuing Art but then, I decided that she would try to persuade her to pursue what she felt were more worthy careers.


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