Blake & Cal 9" x 12" Graphite
First of all, a huge THANK YOU goes to my friend, JC, who showed extreme faith in me by commissioning me to draw this portrait. It honors me to draw for you, and I appreciate your friendship even more than the commission! You are awesome.
I enjoy creating art so much. It truly feels like what I'm meant to do. But in order to make it possible to actually do it as a career, I've got to pull double duty and work full time in an office, and then draw in my not-so-spare time. It's tough sometimes, especially with deadlines looming! I have one more commission due by Christmas, one due after that (a church), and another portrait commission due before Mother's Day (thanks JK!).
I look back and am surprised by all those years I wasted, not creating any art. Why did I do that? It must have been due to my attempt to find balance in marriage, motherhood, and life in general. I'm not even sure my husband knew I could draw until years after we were married.
I wish I had the guts (and the financial ability) to just quit my job immediately and look people in the eye and say with confidence:
I am an artist. This is what I do.