4099 Rifle Range Rd. Iowa Park, TX 76367
13 May 1957
It would be easier to list what I am not interested in....
I paint, I draw. That is all....
Ok... I have put on the first layer of paint on all three of the museum paintings. It is my underpainting that I start most paintings with. I posted them on my facebook page, J. Bradford M., and they can be seen there. I have had to put them in my car while i am at work with the windows up so that they bake in the sun and dry... so I can add more layers! I think this is the first time I have actually felt kindly toward the blazing texas sun and encouraging, even. LOL!!
March 13 at 11:37PM
Omigosh... I have signed up to do 3 large (for me) 24" x 36" historical paintings for the local history museum. I have been doing research for the last two weeks and had drawn out what i want to do. The research though has eaten up my time and they are due on the 22nd of March! AAAAAAAAaaaaaaah!<--that is me screaming! LOL! 1000.00 USD prizes and also a good chance they will sell. AND the top three will be blown up to 10ft x 15ft onto a 3 banners that will be on display on the outside of the building for a few months. This should be interesting! I will keep you posted!
March 10 at 9:48PM
Life is but a dream. : Hey, that is F A N T A S T I C news. Good for you and I'm happy for you.
March 10 at 10:12PM
JanellesArt : Thanks Olga, It is a nail biter though! :)
March 10 at 10:15PM
bushimages : Calm down!smoke, drink, something smile inwardly thinking YEA!:)
works for me?
March 10 at 11:50PM
JanellesArt : smoking and drinking and thinking good thoughts! Ok... I'll try it! LOL!
March 11 at 12:11AM
corrinas creations : oh wow, what great news. So very pleased for you, you go girl
March 11 at 2:40PM
I am so scared to make the plunge..... my family depends on me for healthcare.. I want to work at art.. just art... for my livelyhood...... that is it... anyone here able to do that??
In the USA make a living? and support their family??
February 24 at 2:17AM
Skyangel02 : Why don't you just try advertising your services to paint portraits of people and animals? When you get enough customers to support you then you can quit your job. In the meantime at least your art will be profitable. Your portfolio is enough evidence of great work if people wish to see examples before they order a painted portrait.
If you let fear stop you, you will never make a living doing what you enjoy. No need to jump in at the deep end and quit your job though. Just dabble in the shallows and take it one step at a time. Slowly work your way out of what you don't like into what you do like.
February 24 at 5:23AM
corrinas creations : Oh I know the feeling well, its highy frustrating not being able to give your art work your undivided attention but bills need to be paid and mouths fed. Just keep doing what your'e doing, try and keep the passion alive and believe in yourself that one day you will get where you want to be, thats what I have to tell myself everyday. Your work is amazing and I am sure you will find your success with it. Keep up the great work, it will all work in your favour I am sure of it
February 24 at 5:28AM
Life is but a dream. : Tred slowly and I agree with Skyangel, no need to jump straight into the deep end. The US is recovering from the recession and will take a long time, credit is hard to come by, fuel & food prices going up, dollar is weakening. This impacts on people's spending habits and they are less inclined to spend on their love of art. Those of us who love art have less discretionary capital to spend on what we love - art. Artists throughout history have often faced adversity, that is a fact of life, still if you are paying for health insurance through your present job for your family I would tred carefully, if you do quit your job you will continually have to adjust to prevailing conditions and that can be so wearing. In Thailand we say "jai yen yen" and that means "heart cool cool" and that translates as take is slowly.
February 24 at 6:02AM
JanellesArt : Thank you everyone for responding to my writing. You folks are great! It is sooooo frustrating. Sooo very frustrating. I have even thought about taking a part time job that has benefits...to make a less drastic change. Does anyone know how Obamacare will work for artists? You know what's funny? I was looking for the "like" button for each of your comments and there isnt one!! LOL!!
February 24 at 10:54AM
Cephus : I do photography and one month the income will be great but then I may go several months with nothing. Unless one is a commercial artist, the income can be so erratic and is nothing that can be depended on until one becomes well established. I am just glad that I do not depend on it to put food on the table. With the current uncertanity in the economy, art is at the bottom of the feeding chain and even then, people are wanting to hold on more income for just in case.
My suggestion would be to find another vocation and to transition into art as the income from it increases and becomes more stable.
February 24 at 1:51PM
bushimages : maybe you could teach as well I 'd pay for someone with your talent to learn from? I love your work you have a gift for sure!
February 25 at 12:30AM
Life is but a dream. : I too think you are a talented artist and I would take lessons from you and pay you for them! Yes, I agree with Bushimages 100%.
February 25 at 3:30AM
corrinas creations : teaching is a great idea and a sure way to make some extra money. People are always interested in learning from other artists especially ones as talented as you. You should really look into that, most of the professional artists out there do this as an extra source of income. Another good idea is teaching children, schools are always interested in artists coming in and demonstrating their work to the students, I am sure the kids would be jumping up and down wanting to learn how to do it, you would be surprised how many want to learn, most kids love art. I haven't the confidence to do anything like that, bit of a wall flower but if you have that in you, seriously think about it. I agree with the others though hang in with the job for now as long as you can and only make that jump when you are 100% sure its the right thing to do. Hang in there girl :)
February 25 at 7:09AM
JanellesArt : You all are fabulous!! Thank you for your thoughts on this. It is a tough tough decision. I was suprised to see this many comments! Maybe teaching is the way to go. PRivate lessons or something. I have had quite a few requests but, never thought of myself as a "teacher". Hmmm....something to mull over. Thank you all again! Janelle :)
March 1 at 7:40PM