I had the blessing today of a drawing of mine being presented as a gift to a retiring administrator where I work. I was so happy for her to have it, and it was also great publicity for my artwork as many approached me afterwards. (Many were board members, dressed way better than I was).
I had people who know me as a "social worker" come up to me and say "If you can do this, why are you here?" It was encouraging and yet frustrating at the same time because I have asked myself that question so many times. It would be my dream to just quit and be an artist (and I SO want to quit!) but the income from art just isn't up to par yet.
I know that it will be if I just keep working, but it feels so painstakingly slow right now. I am blessed to have a second income while my art income grows, I just hope I can get out before it kills me.
Going to hit it hard this year.