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.

art studio maceylou work space artist tennessee 2

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

My Studio and How It Helps Me Get Stuff Done

Hello my starfishies! <3

The past couple of weeks have been interesting. Last weekend (Easter weekend) was amazing! My employer was kind and let us have Friday off, so I had a 3 day weekend! I got so much done that weekend, including shooting and editing several videos for my YouTube channel and doing some cleaning around my house.

My favorite part of my studio: the toy shelf and the iMac! <3

My house was a wreck before that (and to be honest, it still kind of is in some rooms), so cleaning a lot in the bathrooms and kitchen // living areas was super important and relieved a lot of my stress I had over my messy environment.

from left to right: my current painting, my dry erase board that needs a permanent home, one of my video lights, my photo collage, my clutter-filled table, and a chair and stool....

One thing I know for sure: I'm gradually balancing work with life. It's a difficult thing, actually. I work as a graphic designer in the day, over a 40 hour work week, so coming home and working some more until the wee hours of the night is tough, but I think it will all be worth it.

That 3 day weekend helped me a LOT. I rolled out several videos just in one weekend onto my YouTube channel. I've noticed a lot more engagement with viewers and followers on my social media accounts as I post more often. In fact, ever since I started my art 365 back in June / July of 2015, I've posted something pretty much every single day (except the rare occasion that I give myself a rest break, which I did just the other day, but we'll get to that in a sec...). So, it's helped a lot. I have about 820 followers on Instagram and just under 300 likes on my Facebook page as of the time of this post. My channel on YouTube has grown to over 1,400 subscribers and counting! :)

One of my windows is right above my work shelf, where I keep all my sewing and painting supplies.

I'm not posting my numbers to brag. Far from it. I feel like I have a loooooong way to go. I just think it's really important for me to document my numbers as my brand grows. I really want to be able to come back to this later and see how far I've come. I hope my art gets seen by many and loved by the ones who find it intriguing. It would be such an honor to have my art hanging in someone's home one day, on full display.

One's home is truly where their heart is in almost every case. It's such a personal look into their personality and their interests. So, to have my art hanging up in someone's home is just the most beautiful dream I could dream.

The beautiful trees right outside my studio window. They live in my neighbors forest of a yard. Love it. <3

One thing I do want to be really honest about is that after the high of getting so much work done that weekend, I started feeling down during the next week days. Not sure exactly why, but I think it was the change from having all day to work on things for 3 days straight, to realizing that most week days I have very little time to do my art.

I still think that the 3 day weekend was one of the best opportunities for me in a long time, though, and I'm glad I didn't just binge watch netflix. There's nothing wrong with binge watching netflix, but I'm realizing that if I want to build my art business and brand, I have to devote the time and do the work as much as possible.

Another view of the little forest. :)

However, there's a balance that needs to take place. It's really important that one takes breaks when really needed so as to not get burned out. I think I burned myself out a little bit this past week...I didn't really feel as artistic and creative as I normally do. I felt a little down. That's another reason I'm posting this. I think it's important to be honest and show that creativity and stuff like that is difficult. It's rewarding for sure, but it's also difficult at times and pushes us.

I want to show my process and my mindset going through this transition of graphic design to fine art. I am really aiming to be more creative with every day. The art 365 project I'm taking part in is really important for me, I think. It has helped me so much to improve my art, my process, my consistency.

This morning, I woke up early and made her a swimsuit from some pipe cleaners. Haha, I needed something weird and carefree to do. I've been so methodical lately...I needed some child-like fun. Something easy that I don't have to take too seriously.

I've read a lot of articles and listened to several podcasts that say that consistency is one of the most important things. I think that is so true. I think consistency is a very mandatory ingredient to success when it comes to building a tribe -- a group of people who support what you do and love to see it.

I think there are other important ingredients, too, though, and I think I need to work on these:

  • learning new skills
  • working in new mediums
  • meeting lots of people who share your interests
  • getting into some good daily habits
  • supporting other artists and creatives

I posted this on Instagram this morning to celebrate spring and kawaii cute things...<3

The last thing I want to say is don't forget to take breaks if you work your butt off. It will all still be there to work on tomorrow. If you already work super duper hard, don't feel guilty for needing to breathe every now and then. Go outside. Exercise. Go out and have some fun. I need to follow my own advice on this so much! <3

Love you all! xoxoxo

MaceyLou