The two most common questions I receive from friends and family are 1. “How is the business going?” and/or 2. “So do you just go to coffee shops and paint all day?” The second question is always very amusing because I wish that were the case, though I think the effects of coffee and baked goods would really start to take a toll on me. So, to answer the famous Office Space quote, “what exactly do you do here?”, here’s a glimpse into my life as a professional artist:
- I’m a creature of habit, so I wake up everyday at 6:45, eat my oatmeal and coffee, and read one of a few different magazines until about 8.
- After that, if it’s Monday, I make sure my blog post and quote is ready to be published. If it’s Tuesday I get my painting supplies together and bike ready for my next coffee tour stop. If it’s Sunday I jump on my bike for 15-20 miles before it gets really hot.
- I’m always anxious to pick up where I left off from the day before, so I jump on my computer and get lost in html coding or Photoshop/Illustrator for a few hours, or put on the next layer of paint. Ideally I have a canvas or something else drying at the same time I’m on my computer so I’m can start painting when inspiration strikes. Sometimes the prep work, preliminary sketches, etc. takes just as long as the actual painting.
- Around 10:30-11 I have a snack, usually an apple or quinoa that will hold me over til lunch. This is normally when I get on G-mail.
- Workout at noon. I go to Sweat in Clayton, which has classes incorporating boxing, weight training, and cardio.
- Eat lunch and get back on G-Mail, or catch up on the handful of blogs that I read just to stay current on business and marketing.
- Then I get back to my commissioned painting or drawing, practice watercolor, or continue the website coding. Sometimes I have to run out to buy supplies or grocery shop before evening traffic picks up.
- Like most of you, I hit a wall between 3 and 4 pm, so I take a quick nap to re-energize. For all of you jealous of this perk, show this article to whoever determines whether or not you are allowed to nap at work.
- I get back to whatever I was doing before and then cook/eat dinner around 6-7.
- Most nights I will squeeze in a few more hours after dinner, though I’m a sucker for a Blues game on TV, NBA playoffs (not regular season since they don’t play defense) or some other sporting event.
- After one last snack, I’m mentally checked out by 10-10:30, and start to think about what needs to be done the next day. I’ll get in bed and read for a while before going to sleep by 11:30-12.
So in conclusion, I eat non-stop, and work on a variety of projects on-and-off throughout the day, basically 7 days a week. Every day is different, which is a characteristic I loved and maintained from the agency world. There are a lot of distractions working at home, and administrative tasks, supply runs, etc. that all take time in order to support the physical act of painting, drawing, or designing. I’ve become more efficient over the 4 months though there’s always room for improvement.
I’m enjoying every minute of it and it wouldn’t have been possible without your support, comments/suggestions, and helping spread the word about my art. Thank you so much and have a great week!
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.” – Mark Twain