I woke up this morning with some self doubts, and thought I'd throw my thoughts out here, and see what all you lovely people have to say.
I'm 19, chronically ill, unable to work, unable to get disability, love to paint. I am tentatively dipping my feet into the art world - I've gotten commissions and I have my first solo show coming up in October, at a local framing/gallery place. I have a website, and some paintings available online as prints. I'm still trying to finish high school which has prevented me from going gung ho into the business side.
This is what I want to know - is it possible for me, through hard work, to actually make a somewhat decent living from my art? Right now, I'm making next to nothing, and I still have to pay to frame all my paintings for my show (yikes) and its a bit discouraging to say the least. I'm starting to wonder if I'm crazy for even trying, but on the other hand, what other options do I even have? (none actually).
I've been reading all the threads about marketing etc, and it makes me feel somewhat optimistic, but I guess I just need a little reassurance that I'm not losing my mind.
Thanks for listening to my rant.