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August 5th, 2015
My name is Chris, and Iím an artaholic. No matter how much art I do, I always want more. When I am not painting, I am thinking about it. I find myself looking at everything with an artistís eye. Whatever I see, becomes a work of art to me. Even the books I read are about art. In my spare time, I write about art and do life drawing studies.
I have have been clean for a few hours, but soon I will have paint and pastel all over my clothes again. Being an artaholic makes it hard to find a wage-paying job and I seem to have lost my desire to get one anyway. Since I started painting I have lost my steady income and have been hanging out with other artaholics. They encourage me to continue my addiction and enable my habits. I sell my paintings to afford my paraphenalia such as paintbrushes. Then I just paint more. It is a vicious cycle.
August 5th, 2015
ďYou are so lucky to be an artist!Ē
I canít tell you how many times I have heard this, especially from people close to me. They think that making a living as an artist is a dream job that is all fun. I never know how to take this. Is it a compliment or condescending? It is often accompanied by an insinuation that art isnít a real job. Some really sweet people have said this to me and I know they mean well. Most people donít have any idea what goes into making a living as an artist. I think everyone wants to be respected for what they work really hard at, especially artists. So I want to share a bit of what being a professional artist in todayís society entails.