I almost gave up with the blog. I almost convinced myself that it was too difficult to raise a family, work part-time, make art, and write about it on top of everything else. I told myself I would just have to wait until a better time. But when if not now? In ethusias-'uhm', the uhm is that I am still trying to figure it all out. So I ask you other artists out there, what do you do to help yourself stay positive and enthusiastic?
Maybe one way is to remind yourself of your accomplishments. Although I haven't been writing, I have helped Carlos edit and finalize two videos. One for a video competition, Goliath Grouper in the Gulf, and the other for promoting a new underwater Veterans Memorial entitled "Circle of Heroes."
I am also pleased to have completed a large-scale commission for Woodentops cabin rental located in Mineral Bluff, Georgia. The cabin sits a short walk away from the Toccoa River and is decorated in a rustic style with a “Gone Fishing” décor theme. We've fished on that river ourselves, and caught three or four trout with earthworms for bait. I thought it fitting to create a large sized painting inspired by the aesthetic of vintage fly-fishing posters. The colours in the painting will contrast really well with the wood, and I am looking forward to seeing it is installed this upcoming week.
I've also been trying to find answers to my questions. "Art, Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career As An Artist" by Lisa Congdon has helped me shape my thinking, and reassert my goals. I am an artist. I cannot deny this part of myself, and if my goals are to earn an income from my artwork then I have to dig deep, and persist. And it's okay to not have all the answers all the time, and it's okay to stumble. The most important thing is not to give up.