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Side Hustles, pt 2 - Art

Hi, and welcome back to my posts on my side hustles. Besides being a writer, a lot of you who have interacted with me here or on other sites probably know that I am also an artist. I suppose that I am actually an artist first, as I did get a college degree for that (BFA - Bachelor of Fine Arts).

Of course, you don't need a degree or even a formal education to be good at art - it's just something that helps you get extra training and also helps you learn more about art in history and concept. But even though I went to school for it, I'm not, and really never have, worked full-time as an artist. I came close when I was teaching art at the local community college, but that was a part-time job, and even though I have always done portraiture on commission and also privately tutored students in art, it didn't bring in enough of a steady income to live on.

I currently have an administrative job that pays well, but as I expressed in Part 1, I would really rather look toward building an independent income. The ways I am currently trying (and planning to try) to earn money from my art are Etsy, Facebook, Pinterest, Patreon, Print-on-Demand (POD) sites like RedBubble, TeePublic, or Teespring, and possibly YouTube or my own website.

Instead of putting over half a dozen links here, I'll just save space and say I think you can find ALL of those sites by just putting in the names plus .com. In the further interest of not making this one post really, really long, I will go into more detail on each of those in upcoming posts. Thanks for hanging out with me. Hope you like my artwork, above!

Image Credit » My original artwork

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MegL wrote on May 29, 2022, 7:52 PM

Your artwork is always great AliCanary . I am not good at art and never have been. One local artist often writes about local buildings and remembers that they were some particular colour previously. I couldn't even tell you what colour they are now, without going and looking. Good luck with your art on all those sites.

VinceSummers wrote on May 30, 2022, 7:12 AM

Not into art. However, that may be because of the saying, "Are you good at something because you like it, or do you like something because you're good at it?" There was an elderly man in my hometown who had several paintings in his home from the 1500s. He very much delighted inviting me in to view them. I did enjoy that, I must admit.