I love being an artist, I’ve made a living as an artist for a number of years now and it’s been an absolute breath of fresh air for me and my family. Whilst I’ve done a number of different jobs in the past there has never been anything as rewarding as making a living as an artist.
Of course it takes some years, if not decades, of experience to build up your skills and expertise to the point where you can actually make a living as an artist. For the first few years, or decades, you’re really practising. You’re not likely to be producing work that is good enough to sell but you’re honing your skills so that in the future you will be able to produce artwork which people will pay you money for.
So what do I love about being an artist? Well of course I love painting, that goes without saying. There’s something about sitting in front of your canvas painting that is almost like meditating. I love it so much I can’t wait to get started in the mornings.
Something else I love about being an artist is that you are your own boss. There’s no one to tell you what to do. There’s no one to tell you how much they will pay you. There’s no one to sack you.
Something else I love about being an artist is that I can work from home. Working from home is a huge benefit and probably one of the most important reasons why I’ve practised so hard all these years to become good enough at painting to actually sell my own work.
I can’t quite explain why working from home is so important to me, however I know that it is. When I’m at home I can work whenever I want. I don’t have any interruptions. I can take the phone off the hook and work quietly away from all distractions.
In fact I think this is one of the most important reasons why I have been able to develop my skills to the point where I am able to sell my paintings now. I mentioned that painting was a bit like meditating, and I think one of the most important things about painting is that it be free of distractions, just like meditating should be free of distractions.
So if I can work from home where there is no one to interrupt me then I enjoy my work more and I produce better work.
I think the day has finally arrived what I’ve honed my skills to the point were I can now earn a full-time living as an artist. It’s something I’m extremely proud of and something which I worked for a long time to achieve.
And of course one of the reasons for this is that working at home has almost no overheads. I don’t need to spend my money on driving to and from work or buying train tickets. I don’t need to rent an office and I don’t need to spend any money at all if I don’t wish to. Working at home enables me to produce my work at no direct cost to me, which of course means that all the income I earn from selling my paintings is profit.
So I love painting, I love earning my living as an artist and I love working from home. Life is good.