Monday, January 12, 2015

Finding your place in the art world….

I did graphic design for many, many years and though I was pretty good at it...it was not my passion. I longed to work with my hands, pencils, paint and so forth. Working on the computer 8 hours a day just felt too clean and too precise. I love getting messy in my studio…making mistakes…having happy accidents. What I just can't figure out now is what direction I need to go. I gave retail a shot by opening my own gift boutique/studio but the business aspect of that was so stressful that it drained my creativity and certainly left me a bit jaded. Now that the shop is closed and I am back in my home studio my creativity has blossomed once again. I am back to focusing on creating new illustrations, commissioned pieces and my running online shop. I guess what I can't seem to figure out is where to go from here.

As most of you know I was published in Artful Blogging this past Autumn. I had hoped it would be a springboard for me and would help me figure out what steps I should take next. Sadly, it left me more deflated than ever. I yearn to get my art out to the masses…to share my images with those who would find joy, hope and understanding in them…and also be able to make a more substantial income. (hey we all have to eat, right?)

I always reflect on my life at the beginning of the New Year as I am sure most people do. Everyone has resolutions that they want to stick to, new diets and exercise routines and so forth. We all strive to be the best we can be during our short time on this planet…I just want to know that I am doing the most I can with the life I have been given. Where do I go from here?



"Mummy Girl get's her wish"


4 comments:

Melody said...

I don't know what you do next... but I can tell you that you are not alone in the wondering.
Carry on creating, try to enjoy each day, and see what unfolds?
Sending all the best wishes for the new year, and some clarity! :))))

NorthernShy said...

Nicely written; you express your feelings very well, as I would expect from someone so creative. You will find your path, of this you can be sure.

Inchwormart said...

Beautiful faerie. I found your blog through page 3 in my Artful Blogging magazine. I love finding interesting new blogs...gorgeous artwork.

Elise Hartmann said...

thanks everyone for your kind words! Some days I feel very selfish for pursuing a career as a full time artist but I know it's the only path that will truly make me happy and I am so lucky to have a family that supports what I do! <3