You are currently browsing the tag archive for the ‘art career’ tag.
That’s it! I just finished my last day at my non-art job. I have been working 4 days a week for an author in another state so a flexible schedule and working from home was convenient, but now it’s time to focus on my art full time. I’m so excited!
I’ve had strangers ask if I just woke up one morning and knew it was time to follow my dream, but my friends know the real story. It took me three long years of planning and building up my teaching schedules and art sales before I could feel comfortable enough to move forward, but here I am. And I know I’ve made the right decision.
As soon as I gave notice at work last month opportunities started to arise. Teaching a week long encaustic class in North Carolina. Presenting at the National Encaustic Conference near Boston. An invitation to teach at Saturday Academy this summer, and the list goes on.
The most stunning sign that I’m making the right decision was from a total stranger Read the rest of this entry »
OK, that’s it. I finally did it. I just gave notice at my day job that in one month I will begin my full time career as an artist! That means that February 29 — leap day of this leap year — will be the beginning of my full time art career. It seems appropriate, don’t you think?
I know many of you thought I already was working as a full time artist, but I’ve been making my art, teaching classes, writing my newsletter and updating this blog mostly at night and on the weekends. I’ve been lucky to accomplish many of the things I wanted to even with that limited schedule. Imagine what I can do now?
My wonderful husband has been telling me for a while now that it’s time to do this and he was my last excuse. I realized recently that the only person holding me back from realizing my life long dream was…me. That was startling. And it turns out, not as easy to fix as you’d think. I kept finding reasons to wait just a little longer but finally it was so obvious even I couldn’t ignore it. And as added fun, while I was listening to one of my favorite CD’s today (Sondre Lerche, “Soundtrack from Dan in Real Life“), the songs told the story:
~ Hell No
~ My Hands are Shaking
~ I’ll be OK
~ Prepare to be Surprised
And I have all of you to thank for this. I would never have had this chance without the encouragement of friends and strangers alike, and the support of all of you who have taken classes or purchased my work. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
(Image above: Destiny Awaits, 6″ x 6″, encaustic on panel, 2007)