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Mediocre Renaissance Man · 1 September 2018


I want to be a better photographer. A better artist. A better renaissance man.


My wife and I went to the Bellevue Arts Festival and I saw a bunch of photographers that had some neat stuff. Their art made me want to be a better photographer. Or at least know how to do some post editing to my photos to make them shine. The other artists there made me want to be a better artist. Or at least to take chances on trying to be an artist. Sure, I still want to be a better writer. Always. But the visual artist in me wants to come out too. Maybe in more ways than just making book covers.


It is funny. Going to art shows and looking at woodworking and photographs and paintings and etchings always make me want to create something. Art, buildings, whatever. I just like to create. Words are easy. I just write. Yes. It has been a process. But I love to write. I do it every day. And hopefully, I get better at it. (Still trying to make it to mediocre.) Words are my art medium. At least one of them.


Which is why it is funny thinking about art. I think of making videos and taking photographs and painting and drawing as art, but I only think about writing as art when I think about art. The rest of the time, it is just what I do. I am a writer, so I write. Period. It is not art. It is just what I do because of who I am.


Which makes me wonder if I might be an artist. Maybe I just need to create in other media to be an artist. Maybe I am a renaissance man trying to get out. Watch out Michelangelo. MediocreMan is coming. Okay. Farfetched to be certain. But it is something to strive for. Be good at everything. And be great at something. Or maybe just try to be good at one thing. Nah. I gotta try to be good at everything. Or maybe, I ought to just try to be mediocre at everything. Of course, my friend Marc would just tell me to try to be mediocre at even one thing. And that would be a stretch. Nothing like friends to help keep you humble.


When all is said and done, I like going to art festivals and such. They are more than just dates with my wife. They are flights of fancy. They are inspiration. They are impetus to becoming a true renaissance man. Or at least a bit of an artist. Even if I am less than a mediocre one.

© 2018 Michael T. Miyoshi

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