Even though I have recently rewritten my life and become a homesteader, I didn't start out that way. Believe it or not, I went to college to become an artist and art teacher. Though I didn't end up pursuing a career in a gallery (and I'm rather relieved about it, now!), I still have this skill in manipulating paint and canvas, and creating images.
But now, with my homesteader's perspective, everything on our land, plant, animal, and skill, should have a purpose towards helping things on our land thrive...so how do I make this abstract ability to smear paint into something that helps us as a family?
The answer has been surprising to me. Even though my mindset in college was that I would never "stoop" to painting dog portraits, I now have found joy in helping others remember the animals that they loved and painting memorials of beloved pets. My 22-year old self, streaked in charcoal dust and breathing out words like "Kandinsky" and "post-modernism," would have wanted to create work that those indoctrinated in the art world would have actually been interested in. But now, this "low-brow" art of transforming grainy photographs and blurry cell-phone images of animals into artwork has brought me a lot more satisfaction than my abstract expressionistic canvases ever did.
I will always sketch and paint for my own relaxation and enjoyment, but in the meantime, I am starting to love generating images that mean something to more people than just me. And it generates some financial benefits for the homestead, too!
Have any of you repurposed a pre-homesteading skill into something to generate income on your land? So many of us homesteaders didn't start out this way, so I'm curious how your earlier lives have been able to contribute to your current ones.
Also, if you're interested in getting a portrait of an animal done (it doesn't have to be a memorial! All of these just happened to be), I am currently open for commissions. Check out our page HERE for more information!
And as always, thanks so much for reading. :)
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