So because my blog is pretty universal and because it’s “artistmom,” I wanted to take the time to let you know what I do and hope that I can help you become a better mom/artist!
I’ve been a very low-key artist for roughly almost 10 years.
Within the past year or so, I’ve realized that art is what I want and need to do for the rest of my life. No ifs, ands or buts about it.
See here’s the thing, i have spent the last 9ish years studying to become an American Sign Language interpreter. Not to say that I regret that time spent, because i don’t. I love the connections i have made with the Deaf community and the fluency I have gained in the language but it just isn’t what I dream of doing.
Art is everything for me. Although it took me almost a decade (hey, better late than never right?) to learn, I am making the transition to really put in the work of being an artist.
That means marketing myself, making connections, and constantly working on art.
Hopefully I can update in the future and say that I’m making it solely as an artist, but for now I will have to stick with my retail position until I am more comfortable with my money.
First I want to say that if art is something you love and you’re passionate about (talent/skill aside), then you need to consider pursuing it! There is no better career than doing something you love.
For me, art makes me feel whole. There is no better feeling than when I’m in complete “mindfulness” of painting or drawing.
Now maybe some of you think “there’s no way I can succeed or make money as an artist.”
Or maybe some of you think “I don’t have the skill set or talent.”
You can do ANYTHING you set your mind to. Like ANY career or job, especially when it’s one you’ve worked hard for (maybe that 4+ year degree you’ve worked for), you have to WORK HARD. Let me emphasize that again:
Most of the time, you have to work for what you want, am I right?
(Of course I am, I’m a woman). 😉
So is becoming an artist. Like any great job, you have to put in the time and effort to make connections, learn new things, and really sell yourself.
That’s exactly what you have to do to become an artist. You CAN do this.
Attend more local events and make friends with the businesses of your area. Start asking around the local businesses if you can put your artwork up.
I also for the last few years have been painting glass/ceramics including coffee mugs, wine glasses, ornaments, etc. which really helps with letting people know who I am. It also makes me a more versatile artist.
Lucky for me, I live in a huge tourist attraction area (thanks Watkins Glen State Park/Gorge!) I have close connections with the local coffee shop in town, Seneca Sunrise Coffee, where I have some of my coffee mugs displayed.
You can find more of my artwork (mostly glasses) in my portfolio.