I have been having a lot of conversations with a lot my artist friends lately, trying to figure out the future, figuring out how to be an artist & make a living at it. Also have come across a lot of articles on the subject (funny how these things pop in front of you just when you need them). One thing I noticed is that the more painting I do, the more thinking I do! I guess it opens my mind, to think deeper than I have before.
A thing I came to realize is that if you want something, really really want it bad, you will work really hard to accomplish it. I noticed a lot of people want things now, they expect it to be easy, or they say they don’t have the time to work as hard to the depth they need to to accomplish that goal. Then in the next breath, almost always is “I don’t know how you do everything that you do! I’m just not you!” Well, I know I am no super-woman, I just have this emergent urge to reach my goals.
I always wanted to be an artist, or I guess I always “have been” an artist. But I was waiting until the time was right, when I could quit working and go to school so I could learn how to be an artist. Well, time kept coming and going and the time to go to art school was not going to happen. So, I decided that I could just do it, teach myself. I have read everything art related I could get my hands on. Got brave enough to try different techniques, got over the fear of “wasting money & materials” (you have to do that!), took some painting classes at the local museum, joined an art guild, learned how to hang exhibits, learned how to publicize, learn to inspire other artists, finally took a painting workshop, got a studio and have been painting like crazy! And, all this while working full time at a non-artistic job!
Maybe I am a bit crazy, hyperactive, or just desperate to get my art created before time runs out. Either way I am having the time of my life!! I don’t have the answer on how to get my goals accomplished, but I am figuring it out along the way. And I am still determined to make a living with my art!!!
(The photo above is not perfect. Taken with my phone camera)