“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
I’ve been thinking about this quote a lot lately, and I think it’s fitting to use in conjunction with my announcement.
Today I’m excited to share the opening of my new business, Lucky Doodles. I’ll sell original hand-drawn pen and ink artwork.
Lucky Doodles will officially launch May 2nd, where I’ll have a vendor booth at SpringFest in the Hill Country Galleria. I’m nervous and excited all at the same time. To borrow a word from my friend Alana, “Nervocited.”
I’ve doodled for as long as I can remember. Anyone who has ever sat next to me in a classroom, conference room or church pew may have noticed my paper covered in little designs. I love it, and try as I might I simply can’t make my pen stop if there’s paper nearby. It just happens.
People often make positive comments and ask if I sell them. I have occasionally over the years, and have given pieces as gifts and even donated to silent auctions, but I’ve never truly focused on it. My path took me elsewhere, as often happens in life. I sometimes wonder “what if I had started earlier?” But that’s silly. The “what if’s” can eat at you if you let them. I prefer the “what nows?”
I call this my “Jesus Loves Me” collection — all doodled on the back of offering envelopes during church. I promise I listen, Dr. Haney!
Clearly I’m not getting any younger, and I guess the older I get the more my priorities shift. And watching a dear friend battle cancer over the last nine months has had a tremendous impact on me. I’ve learned a lot from Alana, and one of those is to live intentionally. None of us are promised tomorrow, so we should make the most of today. She’s not living in fear. She’s out making her dreams come true and using her talents to positively impact people everywhere. What’s my excuse? Fear of failure? Lack of time? Blah, blah.
So with the encouragement of wonderful friends and the support of my rock Ryan I’m going to try to make a go of this. Off to join the ranks of starving artists! But — as they say — guess I better not quit my day job just yet..
I’m in the process of setting up an Etsy shop and will have plenty examples. I’ll also take custom orders, so stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, if you’re in Austin come visit me at SpringFest in the Hill Country Galleria on Saturday from 11am – 9pm.
Oh and this is what my “studio” (aka converted dining room) looks like now. We’ve been overrun with drawings, mats and frames!!!