On Being A Full Time Artist

        It seems to me that there are many artists out there asking the question, "How do I become a full-time artist?"  
Most artists who are not full time have the dream to leave their day jobs behind and live in the world as purely creative souls.  If I could give this to any of these artists I would not hesitate to grant their wish.  We need as many artists as the human race can support.  
    I can suggest that we all continue trying and let hope remain strong in our spirit, but also, the greatest advice I've heard from multiple sources, is do what you love and do it every day.  EVERY DAY.  Even if you only have 15 minutes while you drink a cup of coffee in the morning, make a little sketch.  This keeps your creative spirit active and involved with your art.  
    There are some wonderful books on art and drawing by Frederick Franck, "The Zen of Seeing" and "Life Drawing Life" are the two I've read.  In them he writes about drawing the "1000 things around you" and how this exercise keeps your skills growing and improving and at the same time you have fun.  It doesn't matter if they suck or are great, no one has to see them, they are only for you and your artist self.
    I carry a sketch book with me almost everywhere I go just in case the mood strikes me and I find an image I want to save.  I think of myself as an artist, I act as an artist, therefore, I am an artist.
Life is beautiful!
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Shed Your Jacket's!

I feel lucky to be a part of this day.  The tree's seem to have grown leaves overnight, the sky is a brilliant blue and the grey clouds have blown away.  It it the first day warm enough to sit outside and draw so I will make this short and sweet.  Stop cleaning, shopping or working on your computer and get outside!  Happy day!

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Spring and New Life

I Know that i can speak for most people here in Wisconsin when I say that I am ready for some warmer weather and green tree's.  As I walk around my neighborhood I see new life slowly coming up out of the ground and budding on the tree's.  We have thankfully had enough rain to turn our grass beautiful shades of green and it makes me want to paint everything in sight,  I painted my share of winter and snow and enjoyed taking the time to really see all the colors that snow and winter light create, but it is time to move on and spend some time soaking up the sun and the brightness spring life has to offer.

On the business side of my art life, I now have some of my work listed on http://fineartamerica.com where you can get varying sizes of prints, greeting cards of my paintings and even cell phone covers!  

Enjoy the days of warming!

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