Painting: An Actual Job
Research Assessment 1
Subject: Painting as a Career
Works Cited (MLA 8 citation[s])
“Crafts and Fine Arts: Occupational Outlook.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 17 Dec. 2015. Accessed 8 Sept. 2017.
It is a new year, and quite a while has passed since I have looked deeply into the prospects of a career in painting, so, despite being in ISM II and studying the same topic, I decided it would be a good idea give myself a refresher of the career. To my surprise, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics had an article over Craft and Fine Artists; to me, it is another reason to consider painting as an actual career. Although I already knew a large portion of what was said in the article, there was quite a bit I did not know.
Most of the article explained the usual: painting is a difficult career in which an artists has to pour themselves into their work, and may still have to work a second job. Success in art is derived from an artist’s reputation and dedication; if they are able to build a brand and a consistent clientele they will create a sustainable salary. Painters can build their reputations by participating in local shows, galleries, and exhibitions. They develop their skills through practice, apprenticeship programs, a college education, visiting museums, and from other artists’ advice.
Although a college education is not necessary, it allows a painter grow and prepares them to the brutal realities of the job. I remember my mentor suggested I seek out a Masters Degree. Despite the fact that I already knew this, reading over it helps me ground myself. It is important to think of the realities of being a painter and not just my ideal vision of the future. Refreshing myself in this knowledge also allows me to better prepare myself as I move forwards in this second year of ISM. However, I must admit, there was quite a bit of knowledge I lacked on the subject.
I learned that the median pay for an artist is $48,780 per year. I will be frank, that is more than I expected. Although, I do not know how reliable that number is because the incredibly wealthy artists ought to have affected the calculations. I also found that the economy has a large impact in an artist’s success; a thriving economy allows people to spend their money on paintings, but in a struggling economy less people are able to buy paintings. Nevertheless, museums and collectors are always looking for paintings, so even in a recession, a painter may find success. All this new information is encouraging; it compels me to believe success is possible regardless of the situation. The most important lesson I was taught, however, is that a most paintings are not commissioned
To succeed in painting an artist does not need to only paint commissioned paintings. Hold on. I had to take a moment to soak that information in. To me, this is incredibly heartwarming. To succeed as a painter I do not need to paint what others tell me; instead, I need to paint what I want. My success is derived from my creativity and dedication not my style of painting. This may be similar to the previous information, but it is even more impactful because it means I can succeed no matter what occurs.
I thought reading this would discourage me, but it had the opposite effect on me. I feel encouraged, even motivated. Yeah, it is insanely challenging to live as a painter; that does not matter, though, because I can overcome these challenges. Even if I have to work another job, I can and will find success if I put my mind to it. Passion and dedication are the only things that can limit me, but why would they? I already am passionate about the subject and that will only grow. In the other hand, my dedication will be my main focus this year; I already want to improve it, so this only reinforces my goals.
My first instinct, as I began reading the article, was that it was not useful to me. Most of the knowledge was not new; it did not seem to impact me. However, most of the knowledge did reinforce my plans. It must mean I am following the right path.
With this knowledge, I find that my pains have not changed. In fact, I have only been invigorated. If anything, my attempts to make painting a habit will be even more passionate; I will continue to continuously paint in order to make painting a habit. It is the best way to consistently paint and improve, which, I just learned, are both invaluable to my success. I feel especially motivated to paint an art piece every eleven days. Not only do I want to, but I need to in order to thrive in this future career.