So, I’m still working on paperwork for the 2012 year. Holy Cow.
I began using WaveApps earlier in January as doing “it” by hand was just not cutting it any longer. What a marvelous piece of cloud based accounting software. As long as you understand basic bookkeeping you can use Wave Accounting software. The nice thing about Wave is it’s made in Canada and therefore has everything a Canadian small business or self employed person needs.
- I have been working in some form or other since about the age of 12.
- And I’ve been self employed for 95% to 100% of that time.
- The longest full-time job that I held lasted for 14 months.
- I’ve only had THREE full-time jobs in my life. I quit two and was laid off of the the other.
- Since quitting drugs seven years ago then smoking 16 months ago and finally drinking 14 months ago my life, career and creativity have stabilized… if that makes sense?
- I’ve held numerous part-time jobs over the years to get me out of the studio so to speak… stock-person, picture framer, sales clerk, children’s art instructor, gallery manager, inventory clerk, bathroom cleaner, newspaper girl, sign painter, room rental landlord etc.
- I’m healthier, happier and more driven when fending for myself to earn money.
- I’ve never been able to qualify for either life or personal health insurance and that has made me very sad at times but uber-driven to live a healthy lifestyle. And none of the three full-time jobs I had offered group insurance.
- I am 39 years old.
- Nifty fact… As a full-time self-employed artist living in Canada I can legally claim all clothing purchased that I wear to public art shows on my income tax as an expense against my gross income.
I also read this article on home offices on CBC today and found it rather interesting. All I can say is dot your I’s and cross your T’s.
The drawing above is called PaperWork is for the Birds.
Ideally we’d all be unique and wondrous at all times. This, however, would be difficult to achieve and maintain.
As children we were so. But, as we grew into adulthood we were taught to let go of this wonder and form into lines one after the other as we proceeded to checkout. While we are unique, we are more the same than we really want to admit. It is only through actions that we render each other indifferent perhaps.
Maybe it comes down to being honest with what makes you tick with those you love, admire and trust.
The drawing above was created using Prismacolor Verithin coloured pencils and Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens inside a Fabriano Quadrato Artist Journal.
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Abigail was created with ink and coloured pencil on ingris paper. She measures 9×9 inches.
She’s a rather phat birdie!
I’ve been listing many original illustrations in the shop. More will be added in the coming weeks. It feels great to be working again. I’m so glad you are all here. You give me hope to continue onwards.
When you have felt bad for so long you don’t realize how bad you actually were feeling until you feel a bit better. And when you really begin to believe that when you let go of all that bad, your heart will automatically open and be receptive to all the good.
I drew this mystical marine anemone with ink and coloured pencil inside a 9×9 inch Fabriano Quadrato Artist Journal.
This drawing is reminiscent of a previous work from April 2011.
This mandala, however has little groupie bots looking out for her.
I sketched this out with india ink, coloured pencil and used a little watercolour too. And the previous original mandala drawing is listed for sale in the shop now.
You gotta swallow hard when what’s around you is changing more rapidly than you are able to handle. This is the point when you realize you can not go back, but are terrified to more forward, and more than that, numb to the present. For me this point hit on Day 4 while detoxing in late January.
You can’t breath and you can’t exhale.
1. Sobriety and Addiction
2. Yin and Yang
3. Alpha and Omega
I forced myself to draw while in detox for fear that if I didn’t I would not know how to afterwards.
Mediums – Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens and Prismacolor Verithin Coloured Pencils inside a 9×9 inch Fabriano Quadrato Artist Journal
A mandala of hands experiencing tremors… withdrawal on Day 2. The shading is rather atrocious.
Mediums – Faber Castell Pitt Artist pens and Prismaclor Verithin Coloured Pencils inside a Fabriano Quadrato Artist Journal