A couple of weeks ago while I was in Victoria, I had a chance to visit with my good friend and studio partner from UVic, Cindy Ackland. We had a lot to catch up on since parting last August and are both excited to see everyone from our group when we return this summer.
(For those of you that don't know, I am working on my Master's degree from the University of Victoria).
She made a comment to me that gave me pause. Cindy said that out of the whole group of artists, she felt like I was the one living The Artist Life the most.
Huh? I'm an artist?
I have never really embraced that part of me. I know that seems weird but I have always felt like I was aspiring to be an artist, not an actual artist living the artist life.
Then I realized that I am an artist!
Yeah! I'm An Artist!
So I have been celebrating this fact by telling everyone that I am an artist.
Then the other day I received an email from Ariane Goodwin who is the founder of the smARTist-Telesummit. I subscribe to her tips and general good info about being an artist.
Her tip for that day was to ask yourself "Why on earth do you want to make a living as an artist?"
I thought about it and guess what?
I got through 4 reasons!
Then I was stumped.
Here are my four:
1. I wanted a career where I could be home for my children.
2. I love to paint!!
3. It is the only thing I know how to do.
4. I see . . . negative spaces!!
(I joke that I make a living seeing things in paint)
But as I was running this morning, I came up with 6 reasons of why I continue to want to make a living as an artist.
5. Why start over now? I mean, I am nearly 40 ( I am still 39! and I like it here so I think I will stay) and I have spent almost half my life doing this! (see #3)
6. I love a challenge and what could be more challenging than motherhood? (which I nailed when I had my 2 kids)
Why being an artist, of course!
7. Even though I feel (and my kids feel) like I work ALL the time, I do like the flexibility. I can continue to be there when my kids need me. I love that they want to do their homework in my studio while I am painting.
8. It gives me courage. I really am a timid and shy person. The thought of applying for a job has always made me anxious and scares me to death. It continues to scare me to death. I have a hard time approaching people I don't know. I mean, I can't even ask the young grocery clerk where the yogurt covered pretzels are. My kids have to ask (true story- just happened yesterday) But put me in front of a group of people and ask me to paint, I can paint! And enjoy doing it!
9. It has sustained me emotionally through my trials. It has been my therapy and my solace.
It is my time to converse with God. It is also how I honor the gift that He has given me.
and one of the most important reasons why I continue:
10. I have been blessed by my associations with so many wonderful people that call themselves artists and aspiring artists. I never would have had these awesome people in my life if it weren't for art.
So, thank you for being one of the best reasons to paint and to keep painting!