It’s really important that I spend more of my time doing interesting paintings with these photos I’m taking. A few years ago it would have been impossible to imagine how I could take a photo, like today’s photo for example, and digitally paint it or generally create my own artwork from it. Now though, I can already figure it all out in my head before I even put “brush” to “canvas”. Though there will still likely be some hurdles I would have to go through to get specific effects that I would want, I know I would figure it out. I always do.
I need to take this whole being an artist for realsies thing more seriously. I certainly want to, and I know it’s important, but no matter how many times I say “I’m an artist.” it just doesn’t compute properly. If I’m going to continue on this path I’ve set for myself, then I need to start looking at this as a business. This was brought to my attention this afternoon and it couldn’t be more correct. I mean, it’s not like I haven’t thought about it before, but I never really put it into action because it makes me feel uncomfortable.
If people want to support me, that’s all well and good. I continue to make things ‘because’ there are people out there (strangers, friends, and family alike) that want to see me succeed or something. I have stories to tell, and once in awhile I’m reminded that they’re actually worth telling. I’m going to keep going indefinitely anyways, I made that decision when I started my Year of Creative Habits project in 2014, so I might as well give it my all (which I haven’t been doing) from this point forward.
I think first up we’ll take some baby steps. I just have to make sure I don’t settle, because that’s what I do best. So, baby steps will include posting more onto my RedBubble, and talking about it on a regular basis. As in take a picture I’ve uploaded there, and talk about why I think it’s interesting, why I made it, and how much it costs for people to buy it and put it in their home. RedBubble also does like stickers and note books with art on the cover as well, so you don’t necessarily need to frame it and put it on a wall or anything.
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