There are things I don’t love about being a full-time artist. Of course, I don’t really talk about them because HELLO being a full-time artist is so cool I can’t believe I’m actually doing it. But it’s a job and like all jobs, there are great parts and not-so-great parts. (It’s mostly great, I’m not going to lie.)
I bring up this subject because this weekend was filled with mostly really great stuff.
I’m always thrilled of course when a shop or gallery carries my art, and getting to see the gallery in person and meet the owners is really just the best. This weekend I was able to do that. We drove to two Chicago area galleries and one Kenosha area gallery.
Teaching a Class
Even better, I got to teach a class this weekend that allowed me to meet other artsy folks. I’m a firm believer that everyone is creative on some level. While some people might not have experience painting, for instance, they still have a spirit that embraces creativity.
My favorite students are those that take the concepts or examples and make it their own. I love looking at a group of people holding paintings that all started out basically the same and ended up looking totally different. Each painting shows their personality.
Meeting people and talking about art is a true blessing, and one of the great parts about this job.