Life Lessons for a Creative Person, Part 1

I'm titling this "Part 1" because I like to think that there will be more posts talking about stuff I have learned from other artists and designers. It's interesting hearing another artist's story. Some people were born artists. They came out of the womb with a paintbrush in hand and heroically failed math and science in a "I genuinely only care about art class" kind of way. Others have tried everything else before giving in to being an artist. Maybe it's the reputation that artists historically have crazy personalities and live a life of poverty and hardship that have made them hesitant to succumb to the title. Or maybe because they just didn't know yet.

Which brings me to the heart of this post. I recently attended a discussion by artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon at Nevada Museum of Art. The talk covered an incredible balance of business logistics, personal experiences and creativity; something especially helpful for a full-time 9-5er running freelance on the weekends and squeezing in some painting and crafting somewhere in between. Of all of the wonderful things she spoke about, though, the thing that stood out to me the most was how stunningly accidental her successful career as an artist seemed to be. It started with a casual Friday night painting class and turned into a vast professional portfolio consisting of everything from wallpaper to book covers. If there was one major take-away for me, it's that this was a good reminder to always keep growing as an artist and stay true to your style, no matter what. The rest will come on its own. If we're lucky, the reward will be a life of doing work that we can be proud of and maybe even being able to afford an Airstream someday.