The ARTIST in me needs to think more like a business woman and less like a day dreamer.
Recently I had the pleasure of illustrating two special pets. Jennifer kelland my fellow blogging friend who won the Pet Portrait. The other illustration was a favour for a dear friend. Both images had something in common, the photos I received had that certain quality. Something as subtle as the shadow and light can inspire me into an afternoon of creative bliss. I have given my art away to charities, friends and family, but I have never charged a single cent.
Why? Because I never feel like it is GOOD enough.
I have been thinking of starting a business, maybe even a pet portrait business on Etsy, what holds me back is the fear of charging people for my work.
When I illustrate I am in my element. I like a quiet space, with no one watching me. I say if you love what you do and you are getting paid for it…… you are one of the lucky ones. Maybe its time to step off the diving board and show my children how to live the true creative life and earn some money whilst doing what I love.
I watched my two children with their gorgeous cousins drawing together. Each picture made me smile, each child with their own special style. I had to share such wonderful talents with my readers.
Often I am in a dream like state when I draw and when I look up, I realise my daughter has been sitting at the table drawing too. I am in awe of her work and excited she is learning from me without instruction. We both are passionate about birds and my son loves to draw unique images in his own style, in his own zone.
Their dreams are my dreams too.
These budding artists ages range from eleven down to seven and I cannot imagine a life without art.
Tell me are you living your dream job?