Sunday, May 25, 2014

Switching Hats

            Another day in the life of a teacher by day/artist by night, well it's actually teacher by Sept-May and artist by June-August. We are approaching the last week of school when I shed my teacher hat for the artist hat.  I do love this time of the year.  Lots of blank canvases are ready and waiting. Stocked up on paint. Bought  a couple of new brushes to go with the 50 or so I already have. Really, can you ever have enough! Nope.

            Through the years I've had conversations with other artists about the choices we make to jump full time into our art or to balance our passion with a career with more stability. Art careers, particularly independent artists are at the mercy of art dealers, luck, public whimsy, luck, ....well you get the idea. There are so many talented artists that never get "discovered". I have been fortunate in that I have found the balance to enjoy stability as well as pursue my art as I please.  When I was a young girl, I was taught to "do what I love, and the money will follow". Sadly that is not always the truth. Better advice might be to "do what you love, educate yourself on doing what you love better than anyone else, and have a meaningful career so that you can still pursue your passion without the anxiety of poverty". So my tidbit of wisdom is a little longer but truthfully, the arts are sometimes cruel lovers. The neighborhood Starbucks has a kid that sits in front now and then and plays his guitar for tips. That kid is good but where will he go from there?  That luck thing may pass him by. Or he may be the "one".

            Thank you to Mark and Judy from the beautiful state of New Hampshire. They bought these two paintings from my Etsy shop today.  
Rufus Porter Style Folk Art Painting        American Folk Art Original Painting

Quote of the Day:  "Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none."  ~ William Shakespeare

Song of the Day:  "Remember When" ~ Alan Jackson

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