I was talking about quitting my part time job yesterday. It reminded me of a friend who once asked me about what I do everyday.
I am fortunate enough to work in my studio most of the time, therefore giving people false conception that I am FREE all the time. Non-artists can't imagine what an artist's life is like, they can't even think of Art as a choice of career or a way to make a living. Young artists nowadays actually don't have a life as romantic as others think. The competition is fierce, the business is easy to start but difficult to maintain, the same as in all fields.
I am a slow artist, I don't know how to paint quick paintings; each sculpture takes from 3 weeks to 5 months to finish. I work 7 days a week, which means if I have to go to my part time job, I have to stay late to make up those lost hours. I work in the studio about 30 hours a week, another 30 hours is research, online marketing and business coordination. All these hours doesn't include reading 3-4 art magazines and endless of literature works (poems, more magazines, books) a month, plus house works and time with family. What about vacation and laundry? These two remain the most challenging for me.
Vacations take a lot of days off my studio time, because home in Taiwan is a long way to go for just a week. Careful advanced planning is crucial. As of laundry, we can blame that on the immoral neighbors who like to leave their clothes in the washers for 4 hours and don't pull them out...