11 days in

Updated: Apr 10, 2021

20th October

Here I am, 11 days back in Falmouth. The town where I studied Fine Art at University. My goal is to be an artist: studio space, develop a practise long term, sell work. The whole shebang. I thought that Falmouth would be the best place to start because of the art community here, my friends and church family.

I live in a little house that Imogen, Abbey, Elle and I have made our home. We searched and searched, prayed and prayed, eventually we found Penny's Place. The office room I’ve converted into a studio space.

Financially I’m being supported by Universal Credit and the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) scheme which supports the starting of small businesses. Just a bit of info on this: you get a business coach, write a business plan, receive training on marketing and finance and then woosh you’re off – a year to get your business off the ground. I am on the cusp of getting my business plan signed off and embarking ON THE FIRST YEAR OF MY PROFESSIONAL ART CAREER

So far, I’ve stumbled over the word artist when trying to explain what I’m doing in this town of Falmouth – ‘Far, Far Away’. I have panicked about whether I’ll ever be able to make money from my art.

Jos, my business coach, pointed out that as a single young person this is the best time to take risks and if I don’t try, I’ll never know! I’m learning that the willingness to risk failure is integral to the artist life and failure itself can be extremely productive.

Thomas Edison, when asked by a reporter "How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?", replied, "I didn't fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps." "Great success is built on failure, frustration, even catastrophe." (http://www.uky.edu/~eushe2/Pajares/OnFailingG.html)

Ultimately, I have seen Jesus take care of my family in the radical and mundane from the start. I know that I can trust Him with the future.

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