Life as an Artist: update 1


Since this is my first week as a full-time artist, I thought you readers might be interested to see how it is going. Granted, this is only a partial week (I returned from vacation on Tuesday), but this week seems to be a good week to start sharing this experience with you.

If you’ve been following my blog, you may have read this post a few months ago when I announced I would be quitting my office job to do art full-time. Since there are so many creative people out there, many who are wondering what it would be like to do their creative pursuits full-time, I though it would be fun to try and document this experience more specifically than just the occasional mention in a blog post.

In answer to this, I will start making some “life as an artist” updates (all tagged “artist life”) on a semi-regular basis. To clarify, these will not be about the business and logistical side of things, although I might mention such things on occasion, but they will be more about what it really means to make this shift, from my very personal perspective.

First, I would like to say that returning from vacation this week was a totally new sensation for me—I was actually excited to get back home and get to work! What an amazing feeling this was, after many returns from holidays where I found myself dreading my return to work, almost (sometimes actually) to the point of tears.

In fact, the entire experience of this week is so new—one of my main dreams was to have enough time to really pursue creative ideas, and also time to breathe, as I always felt like I was doing double-time when I was working and doing art after hours. I find myself having to teach myself how to relax into the time, how to not be in frantic mode—trying to cram every creative idea into small windows of time. I find that this whole shift is so much more than a career shift—it’s a life shift—a letting go and slowing down. Learning how to let things happen.

While there are still many, many questions about how this will all work out, especially financially, right now I’m feeling pretty good. I’m looking forward to so may new things in the coming weeks. Next week will mark my first full week as a full-time artist, and I’m excited to see what I learn about myself and what this new abundance of time brings out.

The picture above is a pretty good idea of what I’m doing in my art work right now—I have lots of ideas for both art and art business that have been in my head for many weeks, especially as I prepared to make this shift to full-time. I am a major list and note maker. Little scraps of paper everywhere. The list though, is a good point of questioning about the “slowing down” I mentioned above. I often struggle with whether lists make me more or less frantic. Sometimes the act of making a list can feel like a huge weight off my brain, but sometimes the act of having an existing list can make life feel frantic because there’s a never-ending list of things to do. Right now, I think lists are helping me—especially with this new expansive time it’s nice to have a reminder of new things to work on. As always though, I continue to evaluate what things work and do not work, especially when learning how to manage my time as a full-time self-employed person.

In other news, happy weekend! I wish I could put some of this weather we’re having in an envelope and send it to all of you. It’s gorgeous fall weather here—the kind of weather where you want to take long walks in the sunshine, crunching leaves. I’m glad to have returned from vacation to this. I hope you all are having lovely weather too.


2 Responses to “Life as an Artist: update 1”

  1. 1 kseverny October 16, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    i think you are very brave.
    Not just for quitting your job for this but also to puplicise your journey.
    Best of luck

  2. 2 Era October 16, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Hear hear! Plow on, brave one!

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Hello there! My name is Nicole K. Docimo, and I am an artist and writer from the U.S.A. but currently residing in Zurich, Switzerand. Thank you for visiting my blog!

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