I’m baaaack! My goodness it’s been a while since I’ve posted, hasn’t it? Since last year! Things have been odd in 2022 for me. I have been busy, but not always in the art studio. Somewhere around November of last year, I seemed to have lost what we south Louisiana people like to refer to as, “my mojo”. Due to some health issues, house maintenance & just Life in general, I fell out of my normal routine of getting up every day & working in my art studio. My creativity had become very sporadic & I sort of lost my direction.
I’ve missed being productive. The way I’ve done things in the past several years just doesn’t seem to be working out. I have always been creative, but I’ve also always been an introvert (ok, I admit, borderline recluse) & while I WAS painting & creating a lot of art, I was also struggling terribly getting it out there to be seen by the public. In 2020, this “thing” (I shall not call by name) shut down everything across the globe, & what few art festivals & events that I WAS mustering up the energy to attend suddenly came to a complete halt. I did work on (very slowly) & finished a painting for myself. My ukulele painting & Art-O-Mat work is still going strong which I am incredibly thankful for, but other than that I really wasn’t being very productive. This lack of productivity & self-discipline sort of put me in a bit of a “funk”. So, in the first half of 2022 I decided to go inward & really think about what direction I want to take on my art journey.
After some soul searching & evaluating what really means the most to me & how I can best utilize the knowledge, skills & talent that I have learned & developed over the last 30 years, I’ve decided to go back to my graphic design & silk screen printing career. My career won’t be EXACTLY the same as it was before though. Instead of working for an employer, I will remain self-employed & focus on freelance work. I have 26 years’ experience as a graphic designer and 14 years as a silk screen printer. It’s time to dust those skills (& my printing equipment) off & put them to good use once again. I also won’t be grinding 50-60 hours a week while working my fingers to the absolute bone, in poor working conditions, for less pay than I am worth (believe me, that has happened more times than not at places that I have worked for over the years) not only because my body won’t physically ALLOW me to do that now, but because I will be my own boss & I will call the shots this time.
I have known in my heart for a couple of months now that this is what I need to do. This is the direction my art journey needs to take. Ok ok, I’ll be honest… I’ve just decided to ADMIT to myself that going back to this career, in a bit of a different way, is what I should have done already. I’ve actually known this for a while. (Geez, I can be SO stubborn.) I thought 7 years ago when I walked away from this career that I was done for good. My body was exhausted, my mind was tired & since I’m being totally honest with you, my back has suffered permanent damaged from all of the overtime hours put in silk screen printing. But apparently, I was not done. I just needed a REALLY LONG vacation, lol. While I will be doing some silk screen printing jobs here & there, my main focus will be on freelance graphic design & finding online design jobs as well as starting up my own merchandise store through my website. One step at a time.
I have recently enrolled in a 6 month online graphic design course just to refresh & unlock my skills (that I had so neatly tucked away inside my brain 7 yrs. ago) as well as refine and update my knowledge of the latest design and computer technology. I am also heavily considering taking a course or two on running a business side of things. That IS one area I could use some good knowledge on. So, if you have any suggestions on business courses for self-employment & online freelance work let me know in the comments. I would greatly appreciate it. I have also ordered a new computer & graphics tablet since my current set up is so out of date. That should be arriving this Saturday. (Yay for new art toys! lol)
I will still continue my art adventures in ukulele painting for the Ukulele Kids Club, Inc. as well as my hand painted mini art for Art-O-Mat machines. Those are two things that bring me much fulfillment & joy. I would never set those aside for anything. I will also make it a point to blog more, at least once a week, to reach out & connect with you all on a regular basis again. To let you know what I am doing, how my art journey is going & to just sit with you a moment & see what’s going on with you, to ask your opinions on things & just chit chat.
I’ll be back again soon with more updates on my journey & adventures. I hope you all have a fabulous week. Don’t forget to make time for yourself to sit and create, whether it be a drawing, a craft, or even just a squiggly doodle on your homework paper!