Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sunday Meditations: Upon Being a Part-Time Artist

I've been a member of the local artists' association for a year and a bit now.  I've been painting - and either selling or giving away artwork for a lot longer.  But when people ask me what I do, I default to the old nugget: I'm a teacher, or behaviour therapist, or whatever.  I never say that I'm an artist.  It's not my full time job.

I got thinking, as I was painting one of my "minis" for an upcoming show in July, that there really is no such thing as a part-time artist.  Because even when I'm teaching, I'm still thinking - at least in the very back of my brain, or down deep in my soul, depending where the creativity for that day is coming from - of the art I'm making.  There's been a painting on my easel for months.  I'll get to it eventually - when the image in my mind matches the image I know I can do.

So I'm going to finish my minis, and I'm going to paint artwork for my show at the end of the year.  And I'll work my day job - and weekend job on the farm.  But when I'm really honest with myself, my real full time job is Artist.  Because it's the part of me that never turns off.

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