The Affirmative Blog is coming up on it's 5th birthday on June 22, when I publicly committed to art as a way of life in 2009. It was a rare financial circumstance at the end of 2008 that allowed me to embark on a slightly more than 5 year mission to boldly go where I had not gone before, exploring new materials and experiences. It gave me the freedom to dedicate my time to being a full time artist with the security of knowing my children's needs would be met. This blog has become the record of my accomplishments and struggles. I feel it has been quite a successful adventure so far.
I have had the opportunity to learn from many artists that I admire, and the liberty to experiment and practice art almost daily. I believe my work has improved and certainly my relationship to it has matured. I am more bold and confident in my own expressiveness and can admit that making art is vital for the maintenance of my personal health and well being.
I have continued to learn about the business side of art and have practiced many marketing techniques including writing, presentation, website building, blogging, and Facebook. I went from spending far more than I made in a year to the reverse in 2012. I can now boast of a positive income although it is modest and sporadic and still in need of support!
Over the past five years my artwork has been included in more than 50 exhibits across America and my artwork is now enjoyed in collections in the US and internationally. I have observed that my artwork attracts the kindest, most wonderful people, and it thrills my soul to bring delight and meaning to such fine people.
It has been a privilege to share what I have learned about acrylics and tools on this blog and with folks in classes, workshops, and demonstrations. In addition to artists, I've been able to engage in conversations with manufacturers, distributors, and representatives of the products that I use and enjoy.
It has also been my privilege and honor to meet a multitude of artists and art advocates because of my service in various capacities with the Burbank Art Association and during my 6 month stint writing the Art Around Burbank blog. It is a pleasure to have more friends than ever in my lifetime who like me for me, not because of to whom I am related.
Next week I embark on a new experience to lend financial support to my living as an artist. I will be assisting the brand new Hobby Lobby come into being in Burbank. I expect to be exhausted for a while since I've never done such a thing before. Although it wasn't something I would have imagined to do, nevertheless, I am looking forward to it.
Last month my youngest child graduated from high school. As Alice Cooper says, "School's out FOREVER" to which I add--AGAIN!! It is a new season in my life and I am excited to embrace it with my whole heart! The five year mission may be complete but the commitment to art as a way of life continues. To me that means to live life fully and uniquely expressed, and to bear witness on behalf of beauty, kindness, truth and grace.