The Artist in Me


Vivienne by Kath Unsworth


Artwork by  Kath Unsworth

Artwork by
Kath Unsworth

The ARTIST in me needs to think more like a business woman and less like a day dreamer.

Recently I  had the pleasure of illustrating two special pets. Jennifer kelland my fellow blogging friend who won the Pet Portrait. The other illustration was a favour for a dear friend. Both images had something in common, the photos I received had that certain quality.  Something as subtle as the shadow and light can inspire me into an afternoon of creative bliss. I have given my art away to charities, friends and family, but I have never charged a single cent.

Why? Because I never feel like it is GOOD enough.

I have been thinking of starting a business, maybe even a pet portrait business on Etsy, what holds me back is the fear of charging people for my work.

When I illustrate I am in my element. I like a quiet space, with no one watching me. I say if you love what you do and you are getting paid for it…… you are one of the lucky ones. Maybe its time to step off the diving board and show my children how to live the true creative life and earn some money whilst doing what I love.

I watched my two children with their gorgeous cousins drawing together. Each picture made me smile, each child with their own special style. I had to share such wonderful talents with my readers.

Often I am in a dream like state when I draw and when I look up, I realise my daughter has been sitting at the table drawing too. I am in awe of her work and excited she is learning from me without instruction. We both are passionate about birds and my son loves to draw unique images in his own style, in his own zone.

Their dreams are my dreams too.

These budding artists ages range from eleven down to seven and I cannot imagine a life without art.

Tell me are you living your dream job?

About Minuscule Moments

Everybody has a DREAM. Today is the first day of the rest of my writing life. Its a lonely world out there when you are learning the craft. This year, as the same as last year, I want to finish my first children's picture book. I have learn't many wonderful lessons on this journey. You are never too old to learn.
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77 Responses to The Artist in Me

  1. becca givens says:

    Your daughter is definitely following in your footsteps … a lovely bond spending time creating together. Such treasures in memories — for you now and for her later.

    I understand how you feel about charging for your gift. I think a Pet Portrait business is exciting for those of us who have significant bonds with our animal companions. I know I would love to have a few of my “heart” kids! ♥♥♥

  2. This is completely off the topic of this post, Kath, but I was wondering if you could help me with an upcoming post of mine. It’s on tips for writers of picture books (as opposed to Children’s Literature. I guess I should first ask: Are they the same?). I’ve been doing a Tips series on each genre and this one is coming up. I have one on Children’s Literature, but not Picture Books Writers–for kids. Would you give me 10-15 (or more or less) tips on writing in this sub-genre? These could focus on your artwork–how you decide what will work, how you know what to draw, how you make them so perfect (because they are). I’d love to post them with a credit back to you, a brief bio on you, and a linkback to your site. Let me know! Thanks for considering this, Kath. Hugs!

  3. A cat and a cow? Those are two of my favorite animals. You have such an amazing talent, Kath, as do those kids of yours…wowza!

    I say: Go for it! When I first self-published, I felt odd about asking anyone to pay to read it (believe me). Even though we artists are certainly not in this for the money, it’s lovely to share our creativity with the world. And hey, if the world wants to pay us a little somethin’ for our dedication, then why not?

  4. Beautiful art work! I try not to let fear dictate my choices, some days I have to work harder at this than others. 😉 I love the creative life and so I try to focus on that. Happy creating, Kath!

  5. mrsgillies says:

    Amazing drawings!

  6. dear sweet Artist Woman Blossoming … we Artists must also eat and pay for studio space and art supplies … so that we can continue to – share our visions and gifts with the world – and write those books that delight and inspire … and that takes TIME and also Money …. if you do not take hard lucre – ask for time favors in return – some one’s time for your time … so you can paint more … and also for trades – barter is wonderful , and will enrich your life and also your children’s … And some of us must make a living with our chosen profession – our Art … it is difficult … so please consider these things … and also – perhaps having an astrologer look at your birth chart . There will be an answer there … Perhaps a Pisces … a Virgo – or strong influences there … Your paintings are lovely ! I would do a trade any time , with pleasure !

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  8. These are just beautiful! Go ahead and figure out how to get paid for your art – they are good enough and more! By the way Jennifer sent me. 🙂
    Diana xo

  9. Livonne says:

    Hi.. I came across here from Jennifer’s Journal. I understand where you’re coming from. I feel the same way with my photography. it’s taken ages but I’m finally feeling more secure about charging people for my work. I still hold my breath though, expecting them to say “no way” when I quote them. Believe in yourself.. Your work is great 🙂

  10. Ruthie says:

    Just started following your blog (which I found through Auntie B’s Wax), and love it! I think your sketches are wonderful, and would definitely encourage you to start selling your products and services!

  11. Desi Clown says:

    You have AMAZING talent! Your art shows the objects in it as realistically as possible while still maintaining that ‘painting’ feel.. I really like it. You should definitely think about selling some of your art

    • Thanks Desi, I now have my art in a local art/craft Gallery and thinking about an Easy shop too for cards and postcards. It has taken me many years to realise this is what I need to do. i hope you find your true path way before I did.

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