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.