Every once in a while, I miss my ‘old self’. The one who, in my 20’s, was an anorexic perfectionist. Days like today – when I put on a t-shirt and see that my arms are much less toned than I would like. But the feeling is fleeting. In part because my husband is making pizza for dinner 🙂 Even more because I love life now. Not every day though. There are many days I wonder if I made the biggest mistake ever in deciding to become a professional artist.
It’s not an easy journey. From the outside looking in, I expect it seems magical to be an Artist. And in many ways it is! I wouldn’t change it for anything. But it is definitely not easy. I can’t speak for every artist out there, but I do have many friends/connections in the art world. It seems that the struggle is not just mine.
So today I am being more transparent than usual, and that is because I’m bored with my blog and Facebook postings. I haven’t done either in quite a while.
I don’t want to say anything if I’m not passionate about it.
I am passionate about art. I’m grateful for the healing it has brought me. I want to share that with anyone who might benefit from hearing my story. I don’t have it all figured out – that is for sure. But I do have a great deal of personal experience in digging deep and being vulnerable.
I am also passionate about sharing anything I can to help others in their journey. I don’t know whether to call it a ‘creative journey’ or a ‘healing journey’…….I think the two go hand in hand. They certainly have for me.
On the ‘business end’ of things, it’s way past time for me to create a new website. I’m not looking forward to doing it, but my current site is not ‘responsive’ (ie, not mobile friendly), and it has reached the point that I am tired of apologising for it.
One of the things I LEAST like to do is photograph my paintings. I am not very good at it, to begin with, and the editing part (cropping and adjusting exposure) is very tedious. Recently when I was looking at my website gallery I was not impressed with how my paintings looked on my computer screen. When I looked at them on my phone, they looked a bit better, but many of them didn’t display at all (due to the non-responsive website).
Ahhhhh – so many things to deal with that have very little to do with actually painting!
Part of the reason I’m inspired to improve my website is that I have sold several paintings online lately. I always look forward to hearing from my Collectors once they receive their painting – I know if they liked it when they saw a photo, they will LOVE it so much more when they see it in person. These two paintings recently went to a Collector in Virginia.
Thanks for your interest and support. I would love to hear from you!