It Costs Nothing to Encourage an Artist.
Art by Zen Pencils
The irony of this particular piece, for me, lies in the fact I was the kid discouraged from seeking art. My parents frowned on the idea of any kind of artist. My mother insisted it was no way to make a living, my father was a truck driver and the idea of work that didn’t involve sweat wasn’t work to him at all.
So there was no encouragement. I grew up to be a respectable military petty officer, then a college student then a digital design instructor (which was almost art) and then a college instructor and administrator. About as far away from art as I could get. Then the Economic Collapse of 2008 happened and just like that, my respectable career vanished in a puff of smoke. For the first time in 30 years, I didn’t have someplace to be. I began to explore art again. I started writing. Faster and faster. First Nanowrimo in 2010. Then I wrote my first 30 short stories and turned them into a book.
I haven’t been right since.
Funny thing. Now that I write nearly every day, I am hooked on writing in a way no other work has ever motivated me, even the work I grew to love as an IT guru and college instructor. Those jobs were fulfilling only because I hadn’t done art yet. Now I know I need to go back to some kind of day work, but I can’t imagine not ever doing art again. My only hope is to get good enough to sell it and retire someplace to keep doing art.
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Remember, art is the soul of a society. A society without art isn’t worth living in. It’s barely civilization at all.