Charlotte Goes Live

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I'm hoping to give art and - specifically - making some money from art, a try during 2018. It's still not certain that I will get the chance to do this, but I'm thinking the chances I follow through will increase if I make my plans public. Kind of like when people buy an expensive membership to the gym to motivate them exercising more often and then they don't, anyway. 

Hopefully documenting my endevours or lack thereof will work as a kick in the butt. Plus I'll learn how this forum's blog tools work. Yay. 

Right. Should I repeat the intro? :dumb: Do emojis work?

Uh. It's with a slight sense of panic and a large dollop of I-haven't-got-a-clue that I am starting up this blog. I was thinking I'd start next year but... what the heck. And besides, the longer I put it off, the greater the chance that I change my mind. 

I've been painting since I was little, but I haven't actually sold or tried to sell anything since my teens (my priciest piece to date is a drawing of my sister, bought by my mom for SEK 200 to prevent me from giving it away to someone else). During the past ten years I've suffered increasingly from headaches that the doctor's tell me are stress related (while simultaneously calculating that my stress levels are low). During this time I've been considering whether I could make money by painting during days and hours when I feel fine, rather than trying to force myself to fit into a 9-5 job. I know making money in this business is hard. But I figure I could at least give it a try, by working part time for my employer and part-time for myself. I have enough savings to try (and fail), so.... here goes. 

I have: 

Started documenting and planning what i need to know with regards to taxes and documentation and what not.

Posted an interest check on Aywas where there's a commission feature for people to pay USD to artists.

I have not:

Updated my website.

Put together a decent portfolio. (Better start somewhere around there.)

Asked my boss if I can get this much time off... 


For the remainder of this year I am still at work, though on partial sick leave, and attending some pain therapy magickything. And hoping my sis will give me a cat. Wouldn't it be great if I could work from home with a cat on my desk? *dreams*


Anyway. Wish me luck. Unless that's bad luck. 

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Charlotte replied the topic: #24934 31 May 2019 19:27
Aw don't frighten me off from trying! I'm sure I'll do perfect things! Absolutely perfect! :D
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Valence replied the topic: #24933 31 May 2019 17:29
Ahhh, clay sculpting.
Never has a medium produced such a mess. And that's just the description of my finished sculptures! :lol:

I too have a small tub of polymer clay and half a block of that air-dry stuff lying around. But the memories of the difficulty and clumsy awkwardness keep me from trying again. I did once do a dragon head that wasn't absolutely awful but that one is far outnumbered by a population of deformed heads and that dinosaur that collapsed because I didn't know the importance of armatures. :)
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Charlotte replied the topic: #24931 31 May 2019 15:02
Worked my last day at my "current" job today. Working 100% just wasn't working for me with all my headaches. Currently I'm on vacation, but once the vacation ends, I'm "between jobs". For now, I feel good about it but I hope that I have some lue about the future within the year or I'll start feeling nervous, I guess.

Hopefully I'll get to spend some time on painting and maybe sculpting and such too. I sure have a ton of polymer clay (and air dry clay) lying unopened in my hobby room...
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Valence replied the topic: #23307 06 Jan 2019 15:00
Proof that it is dead! :lol:

I clearly need to get some of those political assignments. It sounds very impressive.
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Charlotte replied the topic: #23306 06 Jan 2019 14:34
considering that thread doesn't exist.... yes :lol: