Retirement? Starting a new Art Business in Post Retirement Life and Being Excited!
As I have mentioned before, I am not making time to paint every day. What I am doing is learning. learning about SEO, Keywords, Websites, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Surface Pattern Design, building an email list and other things that will help me create a successful and hopefully interesting value added business for my customers. One really nice thing about starting the business is this blog. I am writing more than I have in a very long time and I am loving it.
I am beginning to realize is that the business of business is another creative outlet for me. I am looking to create something where nothing existed. Isn’t that what we do when we create art?
Standing or sitting before a blank canvas and through our touch and mind’s eye, in my case what I call the heart's eye, we create the beauty that comes from them. To touch others with my art is compelling and that is why I feel so engaged and desire sharing my art so strongly. There are moments where I ask myself why pursue this work when I am retired? Of course one reason is income, income that will give me a basis to make choices in the future.
The primary reason is, I feel God waking me up in the morning to pursue my art and this business. He has a need for me to touch others either through my art or though the interaction it brings to the communities I have become part of or both.
I feel alive and interested in seeing what will come of it. I feel excited to be learning and sharing what I learn with the community I am building around my business. I feel happy to have opportunities to meet people who encounter my business or products. By my nature I am an introvert, but I feel a need to interact with others in relationship to my art. Perhaps the quarantine has made me better appreciate the value of others, the conversations and the chance meetings that occur.
There will be time for my Mixed Media, Abstract Art and the other forms of art I enjoy so much. For now though I am ok making less art and working making more life.
What about you, what gets you excited every day?