This post will likely tie in somewhat with my previous post titled What Do I Desire, but that’s okay. Etsy‘s Facebook page posted a link to their blog sharing an interview with an artist, Janice MacLeod. Here is that link: Quit Your Day Job: The Paris Letters by JaniceArtShip. Please do read the article, it’s not long, but summarized it’s about a lady who, unhappy in her ordinary office job, quit, moved to Paris, and began painting and writing letters as her business and means of supporting herself. Not only is this flat-out awesome, it’s also, dare I say, inspirational.
Being the crazy, unrealistic dreamer-person that I am, the idea of ditching everything and hauling myself across the planet to make a start at life with no real plans in place is terribly appealing, even if it is slightly terrifying at the same time. Believe me, for the past several months I’ve threatened my family with everything from becoming a gypsy and traveling the world, to buying an RV and exploring America, to moving back to England to do goodness-knows-what, to my latest obsession of traveling to and living in Utah (you wouldn’t believe how many cool people live in Utah and the nearby surrounding areas…).
With this article, though, there is hope. All my lovely schemes and plans are largely plans of escape, whether physical, mental, or both. I long for escape and freedom, and if it takes moving to Utah to get it I’m almost to the point of doing it (not quite though, don’t panic, don’t panic.). In all seriousness though, two of the things I’ve loved doing for a very long time are painting and writing, and this lady has managed to do both and make a living and live in a foreign country to boot. I think that’s amazing.
So, if anyone needs me, you will find me interning with her in Paris. Soon after, I shall open a second branch in the UK and have a jolly time and do something I love while earning money (take that, person in previous post who said I couldn’t earn a living doing art…)(yes, I was told this several years ago, and yes, it still bothers me somewhat.)(and yes, I also really like to use parentheses). 🙂
Please, please, please visit her shop and buy a subscription to her letters if you can. Or buy just one. Buy some for your friends. Support a really cool, not-so-local artist, and help her keep doin’ what she’s doin’. People like her are the kind of people who give people like me little glimmers of hope in life. Always support artists. Prove everyone wrong, that you can make a living with art!