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What it’s like being an Artist?!

August 30, 2016

I get tons of messages everyday from people expressing how much of a dream it would be to follow their heart and become an artist. But how do you define being an artist? The answer will probably surprise you.

Is being an artist, a dream?

I would ALWAYS encourage somebody to follow their heart. If you set aside time for yourself everyday, doing something you enjoy, you will find life rewarding. It doesn’t have to be a ‘hobby’ as such. It could be a walk in the park, playing with your children, reading…the list goes on. But I would like to make something very clear. For it to be rewarding, you don’t need to be earning money from it.

You are an artist, if you enjoy painting, drawing, photography. You are an artist, if you feel like your work expresses you. I am sure that you will already be reaping all the benefits from this journey of creative expression. When you rely on your passion for money, all sorts of complications appear that you never knew existed.inprocess

‘Being an Artist’ Drawbacks

Firstly, you feel like you lose the sense of creative freedom. That your ‘fans’ might lose interest or respect for you if you choose to go down a different road. There is also the administration side (emails, websites, social media, meetings). If you want to sell work, people have to see it. It takes a lot of time and energy putting your work ‘out there’, which then leaves you tired to create. I also deal with heavy criticism for putting myself online. I’m sure we’ve all met an online ‘troll’ at some point. There is suddenly this immense pressure that people must love it.

Which leaves you questioning, am I staying true to myself? Or have I been making more of the painting that got a lot of ‘likes’ on Instagram. I regularly change my work to keep it interesting to me, and constantly challenge myself as to whether I have stayed true to myself. I can happily say a definite yes to this question.

Are you an artist?

I adore working as an artist. It gives me so much joy, and for once in my life I feel truly confident in myself and who I am. I get the chance to paint every day and earning money from it barely feels like work. I am truly fortunate to have the circumstances to be able to do this, and it isn’t feasible that anybody could or should. But for those that are wishing to become an artist, the chances are you probably already are! Enjoy your passion without the pressure. Get truly lost in your creative adventures without the worries of selling it. That of course, is true art! 

Love Katie x


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  • Reply Tim Piggott August 30, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    What a wise blog. I truly admire your ethic and outlook. I have learned a lot from your journey that is useful in my own quest. Thank you for sharing. And send those trolls to me. I’ll give them ‘what for!

    • Reply Katie Jobling August 30, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      Thanks so much!! I was nervous about posting this as I didn’t want to come across unthankful. Haha I’ll send them you way

  • Reply Edit Biro-Hannah August 30, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Hi Katie,
    Yes, I love your blogpost because it is true and I identify with it. I am an artist too, no, I don’t earn money from it but I love making art and whatever I do comes out pretty well. Not always, but most of the time. I do have a dayjob in charity finance and I am training to be an art therapist. You might want to know that the other day I followed one of your tutorials on YouTube on waves and painted with you. One of the reasons were because I do mindfulness therapeutic art workshops with people facing mental health issues. The theme was waves tonight and I took my painting to the workshop and everybody found it truly inspirational. Without your tutorial, I don’t think I would’ve done that. Thank you and keep going!!

    • Reply Katie Jobling August 30, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      That’s amazing to hear! Thank you so much. I am really interested in art therapy, and that’s how I started out as an artist. All the best!

  • Reply Dayna August 31, 2016 at 2:55 am

    Beautifully written!!! You are such an inspiration. I found your YouTube channel while searching for painting tutorials. I was asked to teach some homeschool children art and couldn’t figure out how to teach it. I just do what I do I don’t really know how to explain the method. Anyway your videos brought back my passion to paint thank you for that!!! One of my kids books called I Am An Artist got me thinking about the fact that creating things is what makes you an artist. Seeing beauty in things makes you an artist. You don’t have to be well known and selling tons of art to be an artist. Thank you for sharing your gift!!!

    • Reply Katie Jobling September 1, 2016 at 7:00 am

      Wow that’s so great to hear! Thank you for commenting 🙂 have a wonderful day!

  • Reply Vanessa Piggott September 2, 2016 at 2:01 am

    What a simple and complete definition of being true to yourself. So difficult to achieve when so many of us rely on approval of others to find worth. Thank you for your beautiful paintings and your insightful words.

    • Reply Katie Jobling September 2, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      I still find myself seeking approval from others. Yet it doesn’t makes sense why…they’re imperfect humans just like me (us)! Sending love xx

  • Reply Nina Alvan Martinez September 27, 2016 at 12:14 am

    You always say just what I need to hear. I stopped painting 45 yrs ago because somebody told me I should take lessons. How sad, but how wonderful that today I know better, though it’s still scary. I wonder how many young people you encourage? And some older people.

    • Reply Katie Jobling October 3, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      Aww that’s such a lovely for you to say, thank you. It is sad. Today people say many negative things over the Internet, it’s important we push through and continue to fulfil what we need 🙂

  • Reply Kaiti Elaine October 16, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    I love this post 🙂 I love watching your videos on youtube as well. you are the only artist I have come across whose videos I enjoy. I myself use fluid acrylics. I’m hoping to someday in the near future be able to create a youtube channel as well. I hope to be as successful as you

    • Reply Katie Jobling October 17, 2016 at 2:35 pm

      Hi Kaiti! Awww that’s is seriously so lovely of you and means ever such a lot! Wishing you all the best with your art and future YouTube channel x

  • Reply Angelique October 25, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Dear Katie… thanks a lot for your words… and keep going on… such truth, such beauty in your art… ✨

  • Reply Tara November 4, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Great post Katie! I like how you write about the more challenging parts in a way that warns of what’s involved without being offputting. It’s definitely a commitment, and I think many of us aren’t aware of what’s involved when we start – which is perhaps in a way a good thing! – but it’s helpful to know that there are challenges as well as ‘the dream’, just like with anything.

    • Reply Katie Jobling November 16, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      Thanks Tara! I really value your opinion and glad you feel the same ✌️ I had no idea the work that would be involved, but it means I can’t paint most days and I’m so grateful for that.

  • Reply Jessica Brum March 25, 2017 at 12:25 am

    I really enjoy reading this post. Very helpful. I’ve been recently watching your youtube videos and I’ve learned a lot so far. I had a passion in art ever since I was a kid and stuck with it. I’ve gotten more serious about it over the years and make it a career. I’ve done many commission pieces for family and friends, mainly portraits when I was younger but I wanted to try other ways to market my work. Connecting with other artists I’ve learned so much. Created a facebook page called, Jessica Brum’s Art. Still thinking if I should change it to Jessica Brum Art instead or just keep it as is. I had set up my paintings at the local farmer’s market, which I sold 2 originals. I learned from the market that it was hard to sell originals so I got into prints recently. I got them done from a printing service since I don’t have the tools. I’m planing to take one step at a time, but for now I’m more focus on making more artwork. Thank you so much for your tips and advice. If it wasn’t for you I’d be so lost. Have a great weekend!

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