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I’m of an age where most people with the exception of the Rolling Stones and politicians are already retired, and I’ll be joining their ranks in a couple of months.

I am both looking forward to and terrified of retirement. When people ask me what I plan to do, I’ve been unable to give them a clear answer. This morning the answer came to me in a huge “DUH” moment: I’m going to be a full-time artist.

Ever since I got back into photography about 20 years ago, I’ve dreamed of doing art full time. I tried all things—art fairs, open studios, magazines—calendars and every answer I got was “forget it”.

One thing I wasn’t going to do was have someone support me so I could do art. That was the life that my dad, had and like a good rebellious son, I found that lifestyle totally unsuited for me. I was fortunate enough to fall into a career of computer programming which gave some outlet to my creativity and provided a good living. Every time I thought of packing it in and just doing art, I couldn’t see how it could work.

Can it work now? I don’t know, but it doesn’t matter so much. Some new work with art consultants and a huge back-lit print in the lobby of a new wing of Boulder Community Hospital are encouraging me.

As I have more time on my hands, I’m sure more things like private workshops will also emerge.

Yes, I’m terrified, but I’m so thrilled.

~ by danbaumbach on November 17, 2018.

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