View Full Version : When one door closes...
09-16-2003, 10:16 PM
Today I had a long meeting with my biggest computer client, transferring over to the client most of what I've been doing for him. This is the best solution for his business - and I've been wanting to do more art and less computer work. So in some ways it's a relief - a door opening to more freedom and more the life I want.
In other ways, it's scary. It means a lot less income that I can count on. My current artmaking process seems very slow, at least for the sculptures. I may be able to paint fast.
I think it's a really good thing. More than anything else I think I just want to mark the occasion as special - a turning point. And of course if anyone has good wishes or encouragement that would be great too.
09-17-2003, 11:50 AM
Yay, Cathy, go for it! :clap:
Leap and the net will appear! Whether it takes time to build up your new line of work or not, whether you encounter challenges and difficulties or not, I'm sure you're doing the right thing for yourself by choosing to do your own art, and eventually it will pan out for you.
I make my living from music though years and years ago I was working in offices, temping. My income certainly isn't always secure, I continually have to trust that work will show up. Sometimes I have flourishing work periods, sometimes I have little work and not much money. But always, my basic needs seem to get met somehow. It's really a lifestyle of trust while you continue to do the things you love the most.
Just follow your heart and don't give up if it gets tough - remember Monet was broke for years before he started to make money (not to say that you have to be, LOL!, but point is, he perservered because he believed in what he was doing, and it came through for him.).
All the best,
09-17-2003, 04:04 PM
I envy your ability to get to this place, where you can try it your own way.
I agree with Julianne, give it your best leap!
I wish I could get to a place where I could give it a try. Maybe someday.
Meantime, best of luck. You may need to work harder to make your own thing work than you did when you worked for someone else, but I'll bet the reward is ten-fold better.
Don't panic- you could always go back to working, if needed.
You might even stumble across something that brings it all together. Part-time work maybe, possibly at an art supply, or maybe a museum!
09-17-2003, 04:55 PM
Originally posted by Julianne Leap and the net will appear!
My sentiments exactly! Of course, it's easy for me to say with a stable retirement income, but I sure wish I'd done what you're doing long ago -- I'm going to live vicariously through you! Just post here as things go along and we'll be here for you, whether you need a cheerleading squad or a shoulder to cry on.
"Nobody knows what you want except you. And nobody will be as sorry as you if you don't get it. Wanting some other way to live is proof enough of deserving it. Having it is hard work, but not having it is sheer hell." ~Lillian Hellman
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09-18-2003, 11:40 AM
Lots of encouragement sending your way Cathy! :)
I recently took a severance package to focus on my art and like you I don't have financial security.
But sometimes, its necessary to clear out the old to make room for the new. It looks like before, you didn't have time and energy to focus on what was really important.
09-19-2003, 10:03 PM
Yesterday my stomach hurt all day - some kind of fierce fear I guess. Today I'm fine again. And I've been going to the studio first thing every morning, not with a sense of grim desperation but with a commitment to put my art first. (I'd been going to the computer first and then sort of getting stuck there most of the day.)
I think I'll be ok, and the art will be ok. I'm a little afraid of poverty for some reason. I used to do fine on very little money, so I know I can.
Thanks SO much for all the encouragement.
09-23-2003, 11:47 AM
You do what the heart compels you to do
But the stomach may rebel at first;)
09-23-2003, 10:48 PM
Cathy........ I really admire what you did! I bet lots of us wish we had the guts to do it too! I'm very interested in finding out how you're doing as the weeks go by. I only hope someday I'm good enough to actually try a committment like that.
09-23-2003, 10:57 PM
Cathy, you seem to have a passion and are ready to follow it. That's more than most people can say in their lifetime.
You're right, when one door closes...another opens. I hope you jump right through that door and let your passion be your guide. Then how could you go wrong?
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