11 May 2010


Maybe it's a nearing-mid-life-crisis. Maybe just stress. Maybe a few other things.

I'm giving some serious thought to going back to painting on commission and other artistic pursuits full time. One of those "others" would be toy soldier related, as I'd like to take a stab at sculpting (for myself) for a bit and see if I can get good enough to make a serious go of it. I've got a few other ideas I'd like to pursue as well. Maybe I'm just daydreaming...


  1. I can't say that I've ever had a passion for my current career. But it pays so much more than I could ever make in any sort of gaming/hobby/artistic enterprise. Good Luck to you if you can make the numbers work.

  2. I'm not expecting vast wealth. But as long as I'm spending 1/3 of my day working at something, it should be something I enjoy rather than something causing me stress relates problems. I'll sacrifice a portion of my current salary for a better quality of life/health.

    I just need to guarantee some big clients, especially to start. I painted full time for a while and had to turn people away, but that was 10 years ago. I know the market has changed, but hopefully not too much. :)

    In the long run, painting toy soldiers will only be one part of the equation.

  3. I battled on at my career through stress until my kidneys started to fail.

    Retirement became a non-optional option.

  4. maybe this helps: