The most common questions and statements I get when I tell people I'm an Artist.
So what do you do for a living?
Me: I'm a working Artist.
Oh yeah just like those classes where you can drink wine while you paint.
My niece wanted to take that up but I don't think she ever did anything with it.
And many more....
Other Person: For me it's "fill in the blank, I've heard it all" whatever free time I get all I want to do is X Y Z
Me: Oh so that your hobby.
Other Person: Yes
Me: Yeah, this isn't a hobby I earn a living from the paintings my wonderful collectors buy.
Other Person = Blank stare.
Me: Just to give you an idea... I picky about my paint, I like knowing what its chemical structure is.
Not to mention the additives I like to use and
oh I create my paintings to last a lifetime so I seal my paintings with a professional grade varnish which is probably the only part I don't care for especially since it requires I wear a mask.
Other Person: Surprised look with a Blank Stare.
Me: Oh, I won't bore you with all the other details like appropriate drying time, also temperature and humidity etc.
The perception the majority of people have about Artists is that unless you're in an Art Gallery your not an "artist" and painting is just a hobby. The Art Gallery topic maybe a blog post for another day.
In the end these conversations are always enjoyable, most people are very intrigued and I enjoy sharing my processes with them, a lot of these wonderful people have become collectors - needless to say I appreciate every one of them.
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