Last Day/First Day

I am SO EXCITED. Today is my LAST DAY of working. Besides my painting, I have a "real job" working as a medical technologist for Kaiser Permanente. Tomorrow will be my FIRST DAY of being what I love: a FULL TIME ARTIST.
It's kind of like the life-altering feeling I had on the way to the hospital before the birth of my first child many years ago. It was a foggy 3am ride and I wanted to gleefully shout into the night "I'm going to have a baby!" That exuberance is what I feel now.
We don't get many days in our lives when our path makes an abrupt turn. Sometimes we don't even see the turns coming. I've seen this turn coming for a long time and now it's here.
I cannot wipe the smile from my face. :-)

17 comments:

Suzanne Kernes said...

You right, mom. This post made me cry. I'm so happy for and proud of you. My mom, the FULL TIME ARTIST!

-Suzanne

BruceNorman said...

Congratulations and welcome to our band of "starving artists".

Bruce

Sheila said...

CONGRATULATION!!!! Wow... is this the 'baby' you were writing about? You did a great job, now it's your turn. hugs!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Carol,,, I know you will enjoy the freedom of not working and painting when you want as much as you want. Best thing I ever did!!!!!!
Cool,,,Rick Hunckler

Dean Grey said...

Congrats Carol!

What a nice turning point in your life. To dedicate your days to your artwork full-time instead of just on the side.

You'll probably get a ton more paintings done!

Good for you.

-Dean

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

Carol, CONGRATULATIONS! I am feeling so happy for you! You deserve this...now enjoy it. I have always admired your work, and I saw this coming years ago! You are a wonderful artist and quite an inspiration!

Saundra

Carolyn Finnell said...

Congratulations!! I'm so happy for you. And just a little jealous. I long for the day when I can do the same.

S Ciaccio said...

Congratulations. You will enjoy it.
I did the same thing last May. You will be amazed at how quickly the days fill up. Paninting or drawing when you not tired from other things is wonderful. Your work is great now, think of where time and energy will take it.

Best wishes

Rick Wojnilo said...

Congratulations! I can only imagine the feeling. I dream about the time when I'll be able to make that turn in life.

Pilgrim said...

I retired two years ago and I'm loving every minute of it. There are STILL not enough hours in the day though. Wake up each morning with the knowledge that you are free to choose how you spend those hours!!

tracywall said...

Bravo! And Congratulations!
You should be excited; and there's no reason to ever wipe that smile off again!!

Katherine said...

Great reason to be excited. Congratulations and may many painting adventures follow!

Dean H. said...

Hearty congratulations...may I wish you the very best of luck. But judging from your great paintings, you don't appear to need much luck when you're so loaded with talent!

Best always, Dean

Sally Tharp said...

Carol, Congratulations on being a full-time artist!! I made the leap last year and it's the best thing I've ever done. I'm working harder than ever before but absolutely love it!! Thanks for you kind comments on my blog. I'll be excited to see more of your work- It's wonderful!

Deborah Ross said...

Congratulations, Carol! I'm so excited for you. Now we get to see even more of your great work.

Kim VanDerhoek said...

Congratulations! That's wonderful! I hope it's an exciting and fulfilling journey.

Ben said...

Congratulations and good luck!