Art Studio Diary...Real Life as a Full Time Artist

Art Studio Diary…so let’s chat. I just got through a bit of a low energy rough patch. The summary is outlined in the following video I posted on YouTube:

I’m finally out of that mode. I feel more energized and motivated this week. I’m still not fully myself, but I’m better than I was! Sometimes this happens when I get overwhelmed, but it can also happen when I’m excited for a new project. And well…I kinda am!

I am just now getting started on renovating my basement, and it’s got me thinking a lot about it. It’s hard for me to focus on anything else, to be honest! I’m just loving the idea of fixing it up and getting it ready to become a new art studio. More space! More functionality! Very stoked about it.

You can watch episode one of the basement renovation series below. Right now it’s just the before video, showing all of the fixtures, decor, wall paint, clutter, junk, and design choices that have been down there ever since we bought the home.

You can also check out my new art house instagram account for pics of my home in general before and after renovations! :) Here’s the link:
https://www.instagram.com/maceylouarthouse/

I’ve also been streaming on Twitch. Still doing the 3 days a week thing. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:00 p.m. eastern time. :) Feel free to come chill with me while I draw or play games! Link is: twitch.tv/maceyloubrown

That’s all for now, peeps! Have a great Tuesday!
xoxo
-MaceyLou

Week One as a Full Time Artist!

Hello, my lovely people!!

I just want to share what the first week was like, as a full time artist. It was a shorter week, sort of, because of Thanksgiving, but I feel it was really productive (plus I worked a lot more than I planned to on Friday! haha!).

art studio maceylou work space

I worked on my website, my patreon ideas, my youtube channel, my paintings, and more. I love having a variety in my schedule. I love standing up some of the time and sitting down some of the time. I love being in my home studio, with its natural light, its elevated height, and its colorful vibrancy.


If you had asked me one year ago today, where I'd be right now, I would have never guessed this would be it.

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I've started a new vlog series on my YouTube channel all about my day-to-day as a full time artist. You'll get to see the raw and real (and sometimes goofy) sides of my life.

I'll tell you what...I had a schedule all mapped out before I quit my job, for what my new artist life would be. I knew I'd have to make some adjustments here and there. I'm still working out the kinks, but it's very close to what I end up doing every day. I keep it varied to keep it interesting.

Then, there are the blocks of time where I just paint, and work on my craft. I've still got a lot to learn. ...So, I also enrolled in a wonderful online class. It was originally a $2,000 class! But they've recently marked it down, so I had the opportunity to join the class for only $199! I'm so excited, because the class is one I looked at trying out months ago, but the price was just too steep for me at that time. So glad she decided to lower the price for a limited time.

It's a class run by an artist I've looked up to for a long time. Maybe after I'm done with the class I can tell you who it is I'm talking about. I want to go through the whole class before I promote it. I don't want to gush to you guys about something this serious until I've done it and tested it myself.

So, yeah, I've been very busy. Busier than I even planned for. But it's so fulfilling. It's so interesting and exciting. I hope you are ready to join me on this journey. :)

Here are some things my previous coworkers got me for my new workspace. I definitely need to reorganize and clean up my studio so I can fully decorate with these items!

donut glitter cute decor home
desk organizers decor cute office kitsch unicorn rainbow pouch

I also wanted to share with you all my video I recently created from reading your comments on my previous video, titled "Things to Never Say to an Artist". I wanted to answer your questions about pricing. Check it out! :

Well, that's all for now! Keep checking back for updates on the Patreon tiers and so much more. Have a great day, everyone! :D

xoxo - MaceyLou

How do you come up with your ideas for Art and Illustrations?

Some of it is simply colors in my head that I enjoy, colors of things that I love, things in my environment, and things like that. Other inspirations come from things I see around pinterest. I have a huge collection of pins on my pinterest page. It’s really massive, actually.

pastel girls in nature and fog

I’ve got things on pinterest that I forget I have on there, all the time, simply because I’ve been pinning things to it for years now. I think I’ve used pinterest for over 3 years. And I used to pin things for hours at a time, back when I first discovered pinterest. It really adds up. There are many different category boards on my page, including everything from home decor and artwork to hair and make-up.

However, another huge inspiration for me, when it comes to techniques, process, and work ethic is the pool of other artists I follow online. I love watching youtube videos of them in their studios, working and painting. It makes me want to go into my studio and begin working as well. In fact, a lot of times I’ll be watching an artist on youtube or an illustrator, working on their art while I paint or draw in my studio, or on my couch.

skull sketch

Another biggie is the sketchbook. I have many unfinished sketchbooks, mostly because I have many different kinds that I sketch in for many different reasons. My favorite is my 9” x 12” watercolor sketchbook. It’s actually just a spiral book of watercolor paper. I also have a watercolor paper pad that has thicker watercolor paper. I don’t just use these for sketches only. I also use the sheets for finished watercolor work, so it’s nice to be able to tear out the sheets when I’m finished and ready to frame them.

A huge inspiration to me is music. It’s not an inspiration to my concept ideas necessarily, but instead helps me stay motivated to keep moving forward with my projects and with my art in general. My favorite songs are ones that evoke lots of emotion and creep factor is one of my favorite elements. I like to think that similar emotions are revealed in my work. I mainly draw and paint female faces and hair. I’m obsessed.

boots and legs

Sometimes, I get kind of burnt out when it comes to concept ideas. I think I still have ideas in my brain, but it’s like sometimes I look at others’ works so much that I have a fog around my own ideas in my mind. It’s crazy and hard to describe, but hopefully that came out right.

gallery wall in the art studio

I think it’s important to find balance: balance between “ingesting” new things and new art from other people, and actually “cooking” up our own art. It can be a real struggle. Sometimes I just want to cozy up on the couch with a blanket and a pillow, and just watch YouTube artists all day, look through pinterest, or obsess over Instagram stories. I did a lot of that latter category today.

I think one thing that can help with not putting enough out there of our own stuff is not having a plan. I’ve started working on my social media plan, and I think it is going to go okay. I know I’ll most likely have to make adjustments along the way to keep it fresh and realistically doable, but it will be worth the trouble.

So, cheers to you other artists or creative types out there! Keep on keeping on! <3

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