Saturday, September 19, 2020

My Freelance Journey: Instagram

"Lucy Rose, it's just an Instagram post, don't worry so much about it."

I felt foolish for feeling taken aback--even a little stung--at Sheldon's comment. I wanted to say to myself, "Yeah, take a chill pill, Till. This is just social media!" 

But the comment made me pause long enough to examine my reaction and realize why my relationship to Instagram means so much to me.

Back in art high school I had a "friend" who used to make very cruel comments about my cartooning. That person would tell me that my comic-making wasn't REAL art, because it would never fit in the gallery space and "anyone could do it". 

Sheldon's offhand comment brought up my insecurities about whether creating work for social media is "as good" as making artwork for print or for the gallery. 

Unfortunately, those comments stuck with me, even ten years later. (The hurtful ones always stick around, don't they? Ug.) ANYWAY! I found myself reverting back to High School Lucy Rose and thinking, "Oh yeah. This is JUST Instagram. This doesn't count."

It was only when I started to observe my friend Lisa Lobel of @letteringbylisa on Instagram that I realized how it could be an amazing way to build community around creativity, as well as showcase beautiful art. 

The lovely @letteringbylisa Instagram homepage

I saw how Lisa curates an Instagram page full of her own colorful and inspiring work as well how she nurtures a community of fellow lettering-lovers who encourage one another and chat using the comment section. Visiting her account always feels cheery, inviting and inspiring. 

An example of Lisa's stunning work

She helped me see how an artist could use Instagram as an online portfolio and a gathering place. She totally proved my art school "friend" wrong and showed me how Instagram could be a tool for art-making every bit as legitimate and effective as a gallery. I'm so grateful to her for her inspiration and ever since October 2018 I have tried to treat my Instagram account as an important tool in my career.

Lately I use Instagram to:

- Showcase my work

- Keep in touch with other makers and friends

- Make myself available for commissions 

- Share bits of daily life in Stories

I am grateful for the connections and creative outlet that Instagram provides for me. Especially during this season of struggling with mental health and isolation. During that time posting art on Instagram was the only creative output I had energy for. 

Through Instagram I have experienced community despite rarely leaving the house.

It has given me a way to share artwork in a very low-key way, when other sharing platforms have seemed too daunting. 

These are all reasons why Sheldon's comment pricked me a bit. I know he was concerned, because he saw me stress out over a post and he wanted to help! 

But as I looked closely I realized that Instagram means a lot to me. Perhaps too much sometimes, but more on that later...



Friday, September 11, 2020

My Freelance Journey: The Portrait Lady

I made a lot of money making portraits at events and via social media. I was developing a decent following of people who really liked my product. If I had wanted to, I could still be doing it. In fact, I think I could have actually made it into a career. But instead of fostering my portrait business I let it gradually dry up. 

Friday, September 4, 2020

My Freelance Journey: A Brief History

Zines. Dog portraits. Children's book illustrations. Art in coffee shops. Portraits at the Farmer's Market. More Zines. Those are just a few of the things I have tried ever since becoming a freelance artist in 2018. It has been quite a ride. Today I want to give you A Brief History of My Freelance Journey just to catch you up on where I am now. I hope to devote more detail and time to certain aspects of my journey later, but for now: just the broad strokes. 

Friday, August 28, 2020

My Freelance Journey: Fears

"You're a mess." 

This is something my grandmother told me a lot during my year in Texas, which lasted from 2018-2019. I know to her it was meant to be a form of endearment--spoken in a loving, eye-roll way when I would do something unexpected (to her) or unusual (to her!). 

It still kind of stung, though. Who wants to be a mess? But it also stung because it's not that far from the truth about me, especially when it comes to my freelancing. I AM a mess. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

My New Series About Freelancing

I want to write about my journey as a freelance artist here on Lucy's Life. The last couple years have been so interesting, frustrating and scary. I think that this space could be perfect for talking honestly about it. I hope that my experiences could help inspire someone else or help them feel a little less alone. 

Monday, August 24, 2020

A Good Day

Today is a good day. Good days make me feel a uneasy. 

"This can't last long!" screams my inner self. 

Meet the tiny, little maniac that lives inside my head and feeds off of ruining EVERYTHING. Maybe a better word name for that guy would be Anxiety. 

Friday, August 21, 2020

Missed You

I miss blogging. 

I haven't posted here for four years, ever since 2016, when I stopped in order to focus on studies, getting married and finding a job. 

But I miss it. I miss you guys: my faithful 15 readers! Wait. There are 16 of you? Wow!!! I'm so glad you're here. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Smoothie Diaries: Regulars

I think most people in my position of working a food service job have this in common: favourite regulars. Those people who are always stopping by your smoothie bar, coffee stand, fast food window etc. Here's my account of some of my favourite regulars...

Monday, October 17, 2016

Patio Makeover

This weekend Sheldon met my grandparents for the first time...

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Three Things: Celebrity Inspired Outfits

Many of my fans have been asking lately, "Lucy Rose, how have you adjusted your personal style to match your radical hair chopping transformation?" Well, for all of you fans I have decided to share three outfits that I have been loving of late...