More on part-time artistry

Revisiting this topic since it’s fresh in my mind: I had a conversation a week or two ago with a central Nebraska artist about how difficult it can be an artist part-time, and how difficult it is to convey this to non-artists. She also mentioned that creativity doesn’t really function as a hobby in the mind of an aspiring artist. In the past when I talked about this I used the phrase hard-wired. Artists are hard-wired to pursue creative endeavors.

A useful idea related to part-time artistry from fellow blogger and painter Jim Janknegt:

    That sounds like a good plan. I find that when I treat my painting as a job with regular hours I get a lot of work done. Have a set time to show up at the easel and don’t let anybody interfere. When you work for an employer you don’t let your family or household demands keep you from showing up for work on time. Let it be the same with your painting.

About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

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