Start of a new summer and a new start "being" an artist
We pulled into Camping in The Clouds, Florence WI just at sunset. Our vintage camper is there. We uncovered it for the season and as usual will have some repairs to make. But we were suprisingly mouse free this winter. We look out from the ridge to the southwest and on a clear day can see 20 or 30 miles. This view always inspires us. We want to come, spend all summer, but still need our day jobs for a while. Each year when we open the camper its like a new energy fills me. Its a place we never tire of being.
I have been doing a lot of thinking about being and what I want to be, what I want my life to be. This January, I was made officially full time at the seasonal/part time job I have had for the last 10 years. They needed the help and I decided to give up some of my art time to make a little more money to put into my career. We get really busy in the accounting department during the winter months and my art making can easily fall behind. Making art, or something, (more about that in another post) is like breathing, I CANNOT sit still and do nothing. Even watching TV or riding in the car I am making.
But being full time, is a double edged sword. Either I only work a few months of the year, or a few days a week and don't have a lot of money to invest in my self as an artist. Or, I work more hours a week, have plenty of money, but loose a lot of time to make art, and work on sales, marketing, teaching myself computer skills... Soon, my partner in life Dave will be retiring. As I am younger, I will have to continue to have an income. So I am starting over. Again. Trying to find a way to have a career that will also allow me time to spend in retirement with Dave. Short of the lottery, I would like that to be making, creating, whatever you would like to call it. I have always wanted to grow up to be an artist. You might think I should be there at age 55. But I think I am still growing.
Please come along as I grow and change. Meet me in Florence, or Port Washington, where we live the rest of the year, not far from Lake Michigan's beaches. I will be revamping my website, blogs, and showing some new art along the way.