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'My family doesn't take me seriously as an artist.'

'My family doesn't take me seriously as an artist.'

Can you truly blame them? After all, for most of your life up until now, you've been a wage slave or brain surgeon or housewife or rock star - insert the most suitable category for you...

Your family and your friends are used to seeing you that way and I have to tell you this: no words you can say will convince them of your new commitment. Only actions will do it. When your loved ones:

  • See your careful preparations for making your Art.  
  • Watch your daily dedication to your new ambition.
  • While you still put in the same hours at your 'day job.'

They will come around to thinking of you as a serious artist.

  • I know this to be true. I have lived it. I was so lucky to have a partner who loved me enough to want me to be happy and fulfilled in life and who was prepared to let me do that in my own way.

However – and this is a big condition – if I had not gone about it in a serious manner, I doubt even he would've been patient throughout the process. The way I did it may not suit you but it could start you off.

I did these 3 things:

1. Made myself a solemn vow that I would become a professional artist.
2. Took my partner into my confidence and asked for his help and advice.
3. Followed a Plan for what was needed to achieve my ambition, eg:

  • set up a studio space inside the home
  • went there for a set time each day, visualizing the finished studio or reading up on the skills needed, eg Anatomy and Perspective Drawing
  • made a stepchart of the goals I'd need to reach, eg build up a body of artwork  (for showing to a gallery,) hone my skills, increase my knowledge of the history of Art, improve my knowledge of materials, (a list that seemed endless.)   
  • listed the essential equipment and materials
  • started a savings account to buy those things
  • set up a daily studio schedule and a weekly plan for household jobs
  • enlisted the help of my partner to make items I sketched out, eg a sloped desk for drawing with places for pens, pencils, paints, sheets of paper.


  • Most importantly, I kept sketching, every day.

Because I was living in a tiny rural town, no art training was available. You may be in a similar situation or maybe you've just never got around to taking any classes as yet. It is never too late to start. And here's a huge tip:

  • Many great artists have been self-taught.

I reckon if you're self-taught, you have the most dedicated Teacher of all. More on that next time...

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