Third and Final Career

I view art, specifically painting, as my third and final career. To be completely clear about the career part, I can’t afford to paint for the love of doing it. I need it to be financially viable, which means creating work that people want to buy. This is where I invariably fall into a dark pit of trying to paint THAT perfect picture for others. Chasing the mythical art piece that is universally liked sends me into a spiral of indecision and inaction. It’s incredible how creating for any reason other than the experience of doing it puts a stranglehold on the outcome.

Photography and digital tools are a core part of my process. I’m experimenting with capturing dynamic moments rather than settling for a still shot. This cherry blossom moving in the breeze caught my eye. 

Note to self – disentangle my financial necessities from my creative appetite and trust where the adventure takes me.