Art is a Gift
June 20, 2018
It has been about a month since my last post, sorry. I have been honing my pyrography skills and experimenting with ways to color my work. I should have some completed work to share soon. I am hoping to be ready for the 2019 Show Season. In the meantime, I thought I would share my thoughts about being an artist and how my world has changed since art came into my life.
Saying that I am grateful to be an artist is an understatement. I was able to attend art school after 10 years of working as a corporate professional, so art changed my life both personally and professionally. Honestly, art changed my mind, my body and my soul.
Before I went to art school, I was pretty much a basic bitch. No, I do not consider myself the most unique person in the universe now, but I am certainly over consumerism, body vanity, shallow conversation, being required to do anything I don’t want to do, worrying about others opinions and pop music. Sorry, I had to add in pop music, because it just gags me.
How did art set me free?
LEARNING TO SPEND LESS
Being an artist comes at a financial cost, at least for most of us. I am no longer making that hefty corporate salary so my husband and I have learned to live within our means and be happy with what we have. Small house being paid off quickly, older cars with no payments, minimizing bills, etc. and in return I get time & freedom.
MATERIAL THINGS ARE RUBBISH
You quickly realize when you are trying to conserve that material things are not as important as happiness. A new car would wreck my bank account, cost me a monthly payment and I would get very little happiness in return. Some worry that they will be judged on material things. I have come to realize that anyone who would judge me based on that material worth is not worth my time anyway.
DOING WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY
Beyond my husband and my pup, there is nothing that brings me more joy than creating art. Art is truly the greatest gift that I could have ever given myself and I am truly committed to making a living with my work. Yes, I work nearly 24/7 at what I love, but it doesn’t feel like a sacrifice because I love it.
EXPECTING MORE FOR MY TIME
If something is going to take up my valuable time, then it better damn well be worth it. If I am going to socialize, people had better be talking about something interesting, hopefully art, but I can put up with a few other topics. If you want me to attend your social engagement, you had better make it meaningful or keep it under 2 hours, there is art to be made. If I listen to music, that artist better have taken the time to write more than 5 lines and just throw them on repeat.
I lost a bunch of weight before art school, I was a size 6, but that didn’t make me happy. I have put on quite a bit of weight since art school, as it isn’t much of a work out to lift a paint brush. Well, not physically anyway. This is not to say that I couldn’t lose a few pounds, obviously, but what I am saying is that I know that I am so much more than my physical appearance. I am creative, determined, a successful business owner, a good wife and at peace.
Why Share This?
Honestly, I run across stories everyday about people who are so miserable. I realize that some people have mental illnesses that plague them, but some are exactly where I used to be — a basic bitch who was unhappy. One change led to a landslide of changes that led me to a fulfilling life. Yes, I am super chubby and am not rich, but I am happy and thrilled to wake up every morning.
Art is my gift. It is a gift that is worth so much to me that I would trade it for my leg if I had to.
Art may not be your path, but there is something out there that will make you happy and set you free. If you are not happy with your life, change it. Trust me I had a very rough childhood, but that is another story. I am simply saying that I dug myself out of a very deep pit of despair by making good choices and making my heart a priority.