Good morning, friends. Welcome to the second post of The QuinDu Journal. I apologize for not getting the Monday Update posted yesterday. Since I had military obligations over the weekend, I needed to spend a little time just relaxing and recouping. I took a day off for rest, but am ready to crush the week today! Okay. So I MAY have a rather large cup of black coffee right in front of me. No judgements here, eh?
I’m currently writing from a Starbucks in the city. I’m close to two hours away from the studio, but it feels good to just be out doing something different in a new setting. Why am I so far away just chilling at a Starbucks when I could be in the studio painting? That, friends, is the topic of today’s post.
Now that I’ve been doing this for a year, I’ve realized just how important it is to have other artist friends and comrades that know what you’re going through and support you. Artists that support other artists are a gem in this industry. When you are in a slump, you have someone to bounce ideas off of. They understand what you’re going through unlike others who just don’t quite get how much work it is to work creatively and run your own business.
I’ve had many friends make comments and react as if what I’m doing isn’t a real job and treat me as such, though I know they didn’t mean to. People take you less seriously when they learn you’re an artist. That topic is for a whole other blog, though. On the other hand, I have special a connection with my friends who are artists. It is so different from my friendships with those who aren’t.
When you’re down, feeling the stress, creative blocks, or are on the verge of burn-out, they are a reliable source of comfort, understanding, and inspiration. I’ve had some of my artist friends get me through some difficult moments in this first year, but EVERY SINGLE ONE of them have pushed, encouraged, and motivated me to keep going and to stay true to my goals and my dreams.
The only problem is, most of the artists who have been supporting me I have met online and have virtual friendships with. I am extremely grateful for these people, don’t get me wrong. I’m lucky to have them in my life and in my community. Lately, though, I have been craving to have those in-person conversations with like-minded individuals. I do have a few artist friends in my life whom I have been lucky to meet with in person. Today, I’m meeting with another local artist I met on Instagram to make plans for a few collaborations and I am very excited to meet her and work together. More to come.
There are a lot of creatives out there who feel as if they are only in competition with the other artists they encounter and see on the internet. To all those that may think or feel that way, I ask you to please try to shift these feelings. Think about all the people out there in the world. The universe is vast and our world is so full of people; full of life. The world needs art and there are enough clients and collectors to go around. You just need to trust the process. We artists have it rough as it is, so don’t compete and support one another. We all have the ability and potential to be successful. Put your energy and effort into these relationships and friendships. They are worth it.
I hope this inspires you to get out there and meet some new people who’s goals line up with yours. Make plans together. Support each other. Inspire each others’ creativity. I’ll catch you all in the next post. Keep creating.