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Life of an artist – Appreciate Today

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Today was a lovely rainy day. A lot of people complain about rainy days. But, not me. I enjoy the time inside where I get to snuggle and play with my girls.  Generally we eat some elaborate breakfast, and I enjoy my usual share of coffee.  I love putting on a favorite movie that I have seen 15 times.  And, of course I cherish having an hour or more to sneak into my studio and paint.

As an artist, entrepreneur,  mother, and wife life becomes very challenging.  Some days I think I have total control over my day of balancing work, and family.  But, other days I have no idea how I can do it all.  Some days I feel like a good cry when the stress gets overwhelming.

But, when life gets overwhelming I am reminded of how truly blessed I am.  I am thankful that I have the privilege to be as busy as I am, making a living as an artist.  Every day I am able to maintain and build my studio practice.  I had a dream of being an artist growing up.  I imagined how wonderful it would be to play around in my own studio each day as a professional.  I could see my art hanging in a gallery, and sitting in cafe’s with other creatives discussing art, life and ambitions.   Of course,  it is not always that  glamorous.  It really takes a lot of hard work and perseverance each day.  It has required me taking some risks, making some serious investments, and truly believing in my dream.

But, here I am.  Each day I get to be an artist.  I get to paint pieces that I have been working my entire life to make.  Every failed piece and difficult college critique has brought be to where I am today.  I am beyond grateful that I am allowed to live this life that I have.  No, I didn’t say it is perfect.  But, it is full of so much richness and meaning.

I have two beautiful, sassy, and hilarious daughters.  I have a wonderfully supportive and grounded husband.  I have a mom, dad, sister and brother who have always cheered me on and helped with heavy lifting.  I appreciate the amazing people that have been put into my life simply by connecting through art.  It has been a beautiful thing.

So, on this rainy day I say “I appreciate today”.  I appreciate those who love me.  I appreciate those people who have supported my career and my art.  I appreciate every single person who has purchased a painting from me.  I appreciate every “like”, “follow”, “comment” and Retweet.  I even appreciate those “naysayers”,  who only encouraged me to work that much harder.  I absolutely love being an artist, a mother, and a wife.  And I do not take a day of that for granted.

The Life of an artist is an adventure!

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