Others observing myself as an artist
20 January 2009 4 Comments
I’m a day-job artist, as regular readers know. In fact, I never — when graduating from college with a studio art degree — ever thought I’d attempt to make a living as an artist. My father’s practical admonitions rubbed off on me, it seemed. I was planning on a lifetime of graphic design (behind a computer, at a desk . . . ), with my plastic arts interest relegated to the weekends, hobby status.
Over the last few years, however, I inadvertently opened up to the idea of working full-time as an artist. I can’t point to any specific influence or turning point as the cause of this shift in mindset, but it’s there nonetheless.
Beside the change in my own attitude, I’m hearing interesting things from people around me. Both my boss and coworker — who, let me assure you, aren’t eager to see me leave my day-job post — independently said something to the effect of “Yeah, you just need to have art in your life more than on the weekends,” last year, broadly paraphrased. Further, my artist friend Joel Armstrong has repeatedly stated his belief that I’m on the edge of success artistically.
What’s a bloke to make of this, this seemingly Divine wooing towards art as a profession and so many people who know me so well saying that I need to be more involved?