Friday, September 11, 2009

Lost My Day Job!

I knew it was coming...less and less and less work, which is painful for me. I'm a very energetic type! I just have such a hard time sitting around with nothing to do day after day after day, along with others. I was actually excited this week when the boss had something for me to do, even if it was only 15 minutes worth!! And I am just glad it was me...the other people all depend on that company's insurance, and I have mine through my husband, and you know how expensive insurance is.

Since there's been a ton of layoffs in my line of work, not too hopeful about finding something...but will start shaking my networking trees!

If only the economy wasn't in such a sorry state otherwise!! I actually sat and pondered about how to answer the question on the unemployment form: Do I do commission work on the side? :( ...and realized that since I haven't GOTTEN a commission in a very, very long time, that although I USED to do them, I honestly don't do commission work anymore, so reluctantly checked "no"!

And thinking this is a good time to think about whether I want to lower my prices to the bone and try and troll for some commissions. And you know what, I don't think so. Why go backwards? I think the big picture is that I want to grow and learn as an artist and will take some time off to take a leap forward skillwise and get out of my comfort zone.

So, I'm truly going to learn to paint now. Have dabbled, but not enough to grow. And I'm going to push the printmaking. I enjoy that for its own sake so much.

But, hey, with the economy the way it is, what stinkin' choice do I have? We'll hope for the best for a new job, and meanwhile, make some lemonade, huh?


dellartist said...

I like your attitude, Robin! Make lemonade, concentrate on painting and printmaking and be thankful for your insurance. I agree you shouldn't lower your prices and hope that this will turn out to be a silver lining for you! Your work is fantastic!

Cat-in-a-Box said...

You go girl!

Jenna White said...

I'm sorry to hear that you lost your job, Robin...but way to keep a positive attitude! You are an inspiration :)

Robin said...

dellartist, thanks for the compliment! I just feel like a small, unimportant window has shut and a giant door has been thrown wide open!

CIAB, I will! Thanks for the encouragement!!

Jenna, thanks! ...if only I can keep off the computer, you know? :D

Angela Finney said...

So sorry about the day job, Robin. I know the door you are opening will lead to great things in your artwork. I will be reading your blog with much curiosity to see you continuing to make lemonade out of lemons.

twincedar said...

Sorry you lost your job! I work with the unemployed everyday and you have a great attitude!