Have you ever heard of a dilettante? Do you know what one is?
I have always identified with the term dilettante. In fact, the first time I ever read the term in a book, I had no idea what it was, but I liked the character, so I googled it and found:
Dilettante may refer to:
- A person who enjoys the arts or someone who engages in a field as an amateur out of casual interest rather than as a profession Thank you Wikepedia!
I don't know about you, but I think I jumped and yelled - HEY THAT'S ME!!! Everything art, a jack of all creative trades, not a professional wood carver, not a professional painter, not a professional seamstress, but a LOVER and PRACTICER of ALL things art - all things creative - THAT. IS. ME!!!! Finally, there is a term that absolutely describes me to. a. T. The problem?
As I read more about the term, I realized that the term is actually quite negative, a denouncement of the Renaissance men that did nothing with their days but art. Well shoot. I like the term. I don't care if it really denotes amateur. I AM an amateur at many things, a professional at a few, but what artist can stop at one medium? Isn't every artist a bit of a dilettante? So I decided I would claim the term as my own.
I would claim the term dilettante and add the adjective of modern. I am not the dilettante of old, sitting around painting lazily on a canvas. I am the modern dilettante creating and providing for my home in an artistic way. I am creating organizational structures in my home that make our life flow easier. Organizational structure that also look beautiful. I am creating artwork by photographing my children to decorate the walls of our home. I am making my food beautiful, an art form that feeds our souls and our bellies. I am the modern dilettante.
...but I wanted to go a step further. I am not the only modern dilettante. There are hundreds of us out there and I dare say many of us are using the art of words to connect through our blogs.