diversify to survive

Lately I’ve really diversified, from painting pet portraits, to colored pencil princesses, from mandala saws, to a racer resume, I’ve done what I’ve needed to get by.

It’s been 10 days since I last posted a blog post. Not exactly on schedule, I know, but I’ve been up to a few different things. In the last four days, here’s what I’ve completed (click the image to view larger):

I feel like in the last week I have finally decided to take this full time art career a little bit more seriously. For three days in a row I just sat down and painted for 10+ hrs, averaging about $6 an hour. I know that doesn’t seem like much, but I am happy and able to cover all of my bills.

I finished a couple projects and have started to tackle a few more that I have put off for months, even YEARS. In the process I have damaged my reputation as reliable, trustworthy, and as a professional. I have sabotaged myself and my company. I fell into a hole that I thought that I could never return from… until now.

Even though it’s painful, even though it’s hard, and even though my pit of despair seems endlessly deep, I am slowly beginning to climb my way out of the hole I have created.

  • Every piece I create, I creep out of the hole a little bit more.

  • Every piece I create, I have the chance to build on my experience.

  • Every piece I create, I have the opportunity to rebuild a reputation that I have destroyed.

  • Every piece I create, brings me a greater peace of mind.

  • Every piece I create, reduces the stress in my life.

  • Every piece I create, adds a little more color to a world of gray

For the first time in a long time, I finally see how I can make it as an artist. It’s required some sacrifices, a big one was downsizing my financial responsibilities, but it’s so worth it. At the end of the day I am my own boss, and I am doing work that satisfies my soul.

So stay tuned folks, I’m on a roll and I am going to do everything in my power to keep the ball rolling and create some amazing pieces of artwork.

I am grateful for:

  • My friends who have stood by my side

  • Patience from my very understanding clients

  • Oliver and our exciting future (just going to Thanksgiving in SF)

  • Inspiration and motivation

  • My furkids (Nike, Floyd, Lou, Phin, Salt, Trix, and Sid)

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