Joni Rae Lathamis creating Art and Angst
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It is a vocation that requires room- space to spread out, to stretch and grow.
Now, I have adapted and scribbled and doodled in the tiniest of spaces. A desk in my room, a corner of the kitchen, a lap table in my bed. But to really make a go of this I need space for my projects and my supplies. At this point I've slowly taken over an entire room in our house. I'm a real girl now- with a real studio. I still have trouble calling it a studio.
We have been hoping to be in a place where we could buy a house this year, but I am not sure that will happen because I need SPACE. And this house we rent has the space I need.
Art is expensive. I just spent $100 WITH coupons and replaced my worn out brushes and my tubes of paint. The gallery wrapped canvas I prefer run from $45-$100 unless I've stocked up during a blessed sale- assuming I have the money to spend during a sale. The micron pens I go through like candy are $8-$10 bucks a pop. I can't even afford the coldpress watercolor paper blocks I dream about. My colored pencils are $72 a tin. My marker set was $75. I dream about copic markers but no way is that happening.
Yesterday it cost me $35 to ship a five pound canvas because the DIMENSIONS were 24x24.
Nevermind the hours of agonizing over this brush stroke, the symmetry of that face, the shading- where IS the light source anyway? It can be excruciating as much as it is exhilarating to create something from nothing.
Art is expensive. Even when you are selling it. Even when you are scratching out enough to support your continued making of the art. That is why original art is expensive to buy. My art isn't even priced as high as it should be when you consider the cost of supplies and especially when you consider the time I put into my work.
But trying to keep yourself in canvas and paint when you are also trying to raise a family? When you are struggling to keep going and keep making that art? Patreon is what keeps me going. When you support my patreon you are supporting my dreams. I could not keep doing this without my patrons. I know I did not have the spoons to work full time AND art.
And now I have this life of getting up and making stuff every day???
It is EVERYTHING.
And patrons get stuff out of this deal too.
My haters like to accuse me of begging- but this is an exchange. Yes, my patrons give me their dollar a month, or five dollars instead of getting that coffee, and so on. But I give things to them... perks, videos, a deeper nestling into our life and our family. My everlasting gratitude. Original art pieces. Coupon codes... that ALLhas value too.
For some people, watching me grow and learn and get better at this art life has value. I have worth.
And I have to keep doing this.... because I don't want to live without art ever again.