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Artist Life

February 14, 2017

I never realised how much being an artist would change my life. Of course, I knew I would be happier, more fulfilled & obviously viewed as ‘a bit weird’. But I didn’t an artist life would change my view on so many things. Here I document a few things that have changed since making art my everyday.

1. Appreciation

When you paint a portrait, you have to look at your reference for a very long time. And not just look, but really look. You must take in every tiny crease, every hint of colour, every shade of light fragmented across the skin. The tiny pieces of shadow under each curve. These are to name only a few. In fact, you never look at somebody in the same way again. That’s because even throughout a normal conversation, you start to wonder how you would capture that translucent skin with your paint.

P.s. If you find yourself being weirdly stared at by an artist, relax. It’s just because they like your face ๐Ÿ™‚

2. Know Yourself

When you choose to become an artist, you signing up to a lot of self searching and expression. This means you become your only company and whilst it can become quite lonely. It also means that you really begin to know yourself. Just like you would a work colleague, every difficult task you overcome or every time you make a good sale, your rappor with yourself improves. You get to know why to react the way you do. Or why you’ve concentrated on those colours this week. This really has helped me understand and accept myself. As a woman in her 20’s it can be quite stressful finding out who you are in the world, but this has helped me no end.

3. More Accepting

When I first started, a lot of people didn’t get that making art could be aย real job. Yes it’s taken a few years to get it to that point where it can make money, but it doesn’t mean the effort I put in has changed at all. Going through people questioning you about your private earnings or criticising your choices, makes you realise what it’s like on the other side. The sideย where you feel judged for doing something you believe in. Now I feel like I am far more accepting of other people’s lives and their private choices. In fact, I try and stop myself thinking about anyones business, before I can even have an opinion.ย We never really know what goes on in peoples lives, and we should always give people the benefit of the doubt.

4. Self Criticism

We all have our times when we just seem to hate everything about ourselves, but these moments usually pass. The problem with being an artist, is that you have a lot more to judge yourself on, and it is a new problem with every piece of work you create. So in that sense, you never really learn to deal with it, as it’s changing all the time. Also, if you sell work, it’s important you share it with people, therefore leading to lots of other self-criticism. Embarrassment, awkwardness & questioning everything you do are to name a few. But every time, the fact you can do what you love, force you to overcome all these feelings and share anyway. P.S. If you’re not an artist yourself, it’s important to realise how many negative emotions the artist will have gone through to share their work, soย always try to be encouraging ๐Ÿ™‚

5. What’s a schedule?

I’m not sure if this one is just me, I know not all artists are as haphazard as I am. But when you get that email at 11pm about purchasing 6 original paintings, I tend not to leave it till the morning. #strikewhiletheironshot

This sort of thing happens more than you realise, especially when you’re working with people the other side of the world. (Am I the only one who hates time zones.) Working evenings tends to be an every night deal. But whilst this might annoy some, I personally love it. It means that other things don’t have to revolve around a 9-5 job, and it’s great for a quiet shopping trip ๐Ÿ™‚

Also my inspiration very often hits in the evenings so I can hit the studio at night. A 10am alarm clock never felt so good.

These are five ways that being an artist truly changed my life quite a lot. They’re not things that you would instantly think of too, which is why I thought it might be interesting.

I would love to hear some ways it has changed your life if you’re an artist. Just comment them down below so everyone can read each other’s! Also feel free to find me in Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

Love Katie x

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  • Reply T C Piggott February 14, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Hi Katie. I never cease to admire your ability to express your emotions. The sections on appreciation and being more accepting truly touched a chord in my heart. It’s as if pushing those colourful viscous fluids around on a textured surface have help bring out your inner beauty. And that beauty has influenced the images you produce, and the emotions they invoke in us as we admire them. xxx

    • Reply Katie Jobling February 14, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      Thanks so much! that’s so so sweet of you! I sat the other day and just wanted to write, it doesn’t always come easy to express myself with words but it just came to me that day. X

  • Reply Larry Maule Jr. February 15, 2017 at 2:58 am

    Hi Katie. I don’t sell my art. I paint for my satisfaction. I do however relate to the topics you discussed. Not as an painter, but as an author. 8-years ago, I embarked on this difficult mission: to write a book. I was heavily criticized by my family. They reasoned that I wasn’t smart enough, or talented enough to write a book. I disagreed. So, I carried on. This was my first book and I had a lot to learn. Nevertheless, I stayed with it โ€“ through the many trials and the many self-doubts. Today, I am an author of a book that makes a difference. Enough years of experience had taught me this: I cannot let others define for me who I am, or what I am capable of achieving. You Katie, are wise for your years. You are a gifted artist, and also, you’re a smart and hard working business woman. Keep pressing forward, follow your talents and your heart.

  • Reply Tania March 10, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Hi Katie. I am an artist, I do not sell my work yet but I want to. It’s funny I call myself an artist but yet I find mysel doubting I am good enough every day, I find ways to manage my doubt and carry on but it’s still there. This is a very well written article and as a qualified mental health nurse your very balanced and accepting of others attitude warms my heart. As a person who loves and appreciates art, keep up the good work on both counts

  • Reply Paula March 17, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Katie, I have been painting seriously for a year …I just turned 69, March 11, 2017. I, too, have not had a formal art education and am self taught. You have been a real inspiration to me, you have such a pure heart. Keep painting, teaching, and inspiring us all! โค

  • Reply Ann Serianni March 20, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Hi Katie, I have been painting for forty seven years! At 62 years old, I am still critical of my paintings. As artist’s we are
    very sensitive beings. I find that young artists like yourself are the most inspiring to me. I love watching you paint on
    you tube. Acrylic is my medium too,and as you well know can be difficult to blend. I mix one part varnish medium to
    one part gel. The varnish is half water to half medium. I call it the 50/50. I use it alone too. Someone out there may need
    this mix,hope you don’t mind me sharing. Thank you Katie, paint on!

  • Reply Oksana Katsnelson July 14, 2017 at 12:56 am

    Katie, you and your work are very fresh and inspirational. I have been painting my whole life on and off. I love watching your videos. I appreciate your discipline and dedication. Keep doing what you doing. Every painting you make is unique and inspiring. You deserve to be a very successful artist.

    • Reply Katie Jobling July 14, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      Wow such a beautiful comment! Thank you I’m so grateful for all your lovely words

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