Hey there. You know what?

The old art world that we grew up with, those of us who went to school got degrees, BFA and MFA. That world is gone. The world they taught us about when we were in college, it doesn’t exist anymore.

You know the one where there’s  really only two ways you can make a living, a successful career out of art. Either you get in a gallery or you teach. Just those two choices.

The truth is that now there are more art worlds than just one. There are multiple art worlds and the gatekeepers are gone.

We don’t have to make that either-or decision anymore. In fact, we get to choose at this point.

I’ve chosen my own path. In fact, this is my office for the day. So this is the art world that I’ve chosen. This is the way I’ve defined success for myself.

What are you going to choose? What path are you going to take? Which art world are you going to participate in?

We all get to make our own decision and our own choices. There are lots of different choices out there at this point, so don’t wait around.

Don’t procrastinate. Start before you’re ready.

So I am out on Tybee island and going to spend the afternoon out here, painting in the sunshine and a beautiful, cool breeze. It’s gorgeous here in Savannah, on Tybee this afternoon.

So I hope that you can figure out what your idea of success is and that it fits you as well as mine fits me. Remember, each one of us can have a different choice, a different path that we want to take, but unless we choose, unless we make a conscious decision, we’re just wandering.

We can choose. There’s not a single person out there who can’t.

The best time to get started is right now. Start before you’re ready. You got it. That’s my mantra. Y’all need to start now. 

I don’t want to pretend that painting on the beach is not work as well. I’ve got a lot of that sunscreen too, but it is not the same thing as working in cubicle land or having a boss that tells me what I need to do from nine to five. I’m independent. I get to make my own decisions about when I start, when I stopped, what I paint, what I do, and I want that for each of y’all as well.

You want to be on that beach. Well, you can be. You have to figure out what the steps are that you need to take so that this could become your office as well. 

So get that plan going. Get it unfolding. Think about where you want to be and what you want to do. Don’t wait and don’t procrastinate.

Start before you’re ready.

You get to choose.

We get to choose our own success path.

Here’s what I’ve chosen.

My office for the afternoon.

What do you want to choose?

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