I’m so excited! I grew a pair of girl balls and did something that scared me: I put together a professional newsletter using MailChimp. It’s mostly for my life drawing group (a class I’ve been teaching since Spring 2011) but included a little bit of my art business news as well. I’ll eventually have a dedicated newsletter just for my art business, but for now, I’m thrilled with getting this one off the ground.
It’s funny- it’s just a little newsletter, but it takes everything I do to a ‘next’ level, professionally speaking. One of the things I have always struggled with as an artist is artist guilt. I feel that something I enjoy so much and that so many people do as a hobby shouldn’t be a job. Absurd thinking, I know, but it used to creep into my brain. I never took myself seriously because I didn’t believe anyone else would either. How wrong I was.
I decided to be a full-time artist a few years ago (got the business bank account and everything) but it’s only been in the past year that I’ve beaten artist guilt. I am good at what I do, I love what I do, and people appreciate what I do. It’s that simple, whether you’re an astronomer, builder, or artist. Like hell, I should feel guilty for being one of the fortunate ones who actually knows what she’s good at and loves it too.
Now, if I could just make a living…
If you’d like to see my first newsletter, here’s a link.
If you’d like to sign up to receive my life drawing/art newsletter, there’s a box in the sidebar on this site and also one at jendixon.com