GIF | Spur of the Moment 
I have always been taken back when people classify art as a hobby –something to do on the side, something to fill the weekends with – but rarely as a job. It is a rational and true fear that art doesn’t pay for the bills at the end of the month while you try to dodge your landlord, ignore phone calls from ConEd, and search Groupon for cheap meals. 
For the past six months, I have repeatedly thought about taking a year or two off to build my portfolio, apply to residencies, travel the world for inspiration, and somehow still have enough money from my savings to people watch from a cafe in Paris. I think that’s why artists are often classified as dreamers; we want to do a ton of things that we cannot afford. We want to search the world and record her occurrences, but our budget limits us to digging for things in our immediate surrounding, though this is not always a bad thing. 
Every time I am confronted with these woes, (very frequently), I try to find comfort in how artists have dealt with their problems in the past by Googling phrases like “how artists survived,” “how artists make money,” and “jobs for artists.” Mr. Van Gogh of the sunflowers and starry nights used to be a preacher in coal mines. Magritte, who might or might not have painted a pipe, was a banker; Jeff Koon with his balloon animals was a stockbroker. Manet lived off his mother’s allowance until 45.
Thanks to the Google machine, it seems like there is still hope for me out there. Armed with this information, I hope to find my way to art — and you to whichever path you want to go down — because, truly, there is more to life than this. 

GIF | Spur of the Moment 

I have always been taken back when people classify art as a hobby –something to do on the side, something to fill the weekends with – but rarely as a job. It is a rational and true fear that art doesn’t pay for the bills at the end of the month while you try to dodge your landlord, ignore phone calls from ConEd, and search Groupon for cheap meals. 

For the past six months, I have repeatedly thought about taking a year or two off to build my portfolio, apply to residencies, travel the world for inspiration, and somehow still have enough money from my savings to people watch from a cafe in Paris. I think that’s why artists are often classified as dreamers; we want to do a ton of things that we cannot afford. We want to search the world and record her occurrences, but our budget limits us to digging for things in our immediate surrounding, though this is not always a bad thing. 

Every time I am confronted with these woes, (very frequently), I try to find comfort in how artists have dealt with their problems in the past by Googling phrases like “how artists survived,” “how artists make money,” and “jobs for artists.” Mr. Van Gogh of the sunflowers and starry nights used to be a preacher in coal mines. Magritte, who might or might not have painted a pipe, was a banker; Jeff Koon with his balloon animals was a stockbroker. Manet lived off his mother’s allowance until 45.

Thanks to the Google machine, it seems like there is still hope for me out there. Armed with this information, I hope to find my way to art — and you to whichever path you want to go down — because, truly, there is more to life than this. 


GIF | Spur of the Moment 

I have always been taken back when people classify art as a hobby –something to do on the side, something to fill the weekends with – but rarely as a job. It is a rational and true fear that art doesn’t pay for the bills at the end of the month while you try to dodge your landlord, ignore phone calls from ConEd, and search Groupon for cheap meals. 

For the past six months, I have repeatedly thought about taking a year or two off to build my portfolio, apply to residencies, travel the world for inspiration, and somehow still have enough money from my savings to people watch from a cafe in Paris. I think that’s why artists are often classified as dreamers; we want to do a ton of things that we cannot afford. We want to search the world and record her occurrences, but our budget limits us to digging for things in our immediate surrounding, though this is not always a bad thing. 

Every time I am confronted with these woes, (very frequently), I try to find comfort in how artists have dealt with their problems in the past by Googling phrases like “how artists survived,” “how artists make money,” and “jobs for artists.” Mr. Van Gogh of the sunflowers and starry nights used to be a preacher in coal mines. Magritte, who might or might not have painted a pipe, was a banker; Jeff Koon with his balloon animals was a stockbroker. Manet lived off his mother’s allowance until 45.

Thanks to the Google machine, it seems like there is still hope for me out there. Armed with this information, I hope to find my way to art — and you to whichever path you want to go down — because, truly, there is more to life than this. 


Posted on April 22nd, 2013 at 11:53 pm with 199 notes
Tagged as: #GIF #Art #Artists on Tumblr #Life #Google #Hobby #Money #relevance #artistseekingrelevance #Chi Nguyen
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