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- January 18, 2012 by JeniPlatt
- Artist at Heart
I've been an artist ever since I could hold a crayon. It just seems fitting that I make my living creating art.
I create for a living. It's my only option right now...and I must say, I wouldn't have it any other way. :)
About a year ago I resigned from my position as a mail carrier at the post office. It was kind of forced upon me and I did what I had to do. To this day I am thankful that things happened the way that they did. I wouldn't be where I am today if things had gone differently!
For the past year I have been creating art and writing exclusively. I did not realize that I could make money doing these things until about 6 months ago...but now I know! :)
I consider writing an art. In many ways it is becoming a lost art because people don't really write like they used to. I try to write every single day, even if it isn't on here. There is always a poem, melody, story idea, or something in my head that must be written.
I make money writing on Triond (not much, but every little bit helps, right?) and I worked on Elance for about 4 months. It was great while it lasted, but I felt stifled by the writing tasks on Elance. There weren't very many jobs that gave me creative freedom, which is ultimately why I stopped. Instead I decided to pursue creative writing with my children's book ideas...and I'm continuing to write on Triond to keep money coming in.
In addition to writing, I also draw, paint, craft, and generally create art. Sewing is my newest hobby and I love it! I'm working on making saddle pads and other things I can either sell on eBay or consign at the tack store. Drawing is more time-consuming than anything else, especially because I lose track of time when I draw.
In the Fall of 2011 I drew an abstract picture of a woman in her wedding dress. She loved the drawing and planned to display it during her wedding reception. Otherwise most of my drawings are done for my own enjoyment.
When I feel compelled to draw, I let it out. Sometimes I draw for friends and family as gifts or favors. Right now I'm working on my first book's illustrations. Once they are done I'll be ready to publish! I'm so excited to see how this whole thing works out. :)
So you see, it is possible to survive as an artist. I am no sure how exactly it's happening, but it is! I guess it helps that I supplement my artistic income with auctions on eBay...