For a little update...
Life for the Clark's have been pretty mellow since the holidays, so it has been hard to come up with anything to write about.
We have been in Florida now for 9 months, and our plan was to stay here for a year, well that a year is coming up so Dustin and I have been thinking what's our next step? Here in Orlando we've been having a lot fun and like the area for the most part, but we don't want to be working for SeaWorld for the rest of our lives.
"So what's the game plan?" I always ask Dustin, since I like to plan things out. Well, we know he still wants to be an illustrator, and I want to have more children, and at the moment we can't just rely on illustration jobs. So "the plan", yes I put it in quotes because I have learned in life that I can plan things but if the Lord has another plan I go with it. So the plan is to stay in Orlando till September, after the busy season, than move back to the west, Utah, to be more specific and Dustin will work at the Rock Pit to provide for the family, and continue to work on side illustration jobs and take more online classes, and hopefully I will too get more illustration jobs.
We have been greatly blessed, Dustin and I really want to be artists even if it's going to be rougher (poorer, starving) road, and we have been blessed to be getting illustration jobs here and there. Almost every month since we moved her I have had some random illustration job or somehow made money through my art. I know that if we both work hard at it and keep looking towards our goal we can make it! This has been really hard on me sometimes, trusting Dustin in his career and believing that we won't always be this poor. I mean when you tell people that you and your husband are artists a lot of times you get responses like, "So you paint mountains or flowers or something?" or "How can you make money doing that?" -I will admit sometimes I ask that too.... or "What do you do with art?" The last one is my favorite question to answer because I like to "lighten" them, a lot of people think art as oil on canvas hanging in a museum, which is true... but they (not all people, but a few) don't realize art is all over, I mean everywhere, to just name a few...
Advertisement: Someone had to take the picture, someone had to design the poster/magazine/flyer. Someone had to design the logo for the company. Someone had to design the packaging for a product, ex. toys, any apple product.
Movies: I'm not only talking about animated movies, but every movie out there. Someone had to design and come up with the characters/creatures in the movie. They have artists illustrate the story board before they film so they know what each scene is going to look like. In early stages of making movies they have concept artists to draw, paint ideas to come up with for the look they want for the film.
Publishing: Children's books, book covers, magazines, text books, political cartoons...
Design: Web designing, scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, greeting cards, fabric that you purchased for your craft.
Well, I don't know why I went on that tangent, I guess to say that you can be an artist and make money, it's just a long, hard process because you need to build your clientele and have an amazing portfolio.
ANYWAY... back to updating... Thomas is still not walking, he can, he just won't. Dustin and I have been having him walk back and forth between us and he can walk across the room to us, but only if he wants to. I try to encourage the walking by having him hold one hand and walk with me everywhere instead of carrying him, and he does that fine and for now he's just content with that. O well...
His vocabulary is coming along, he can say mom, dad (pa), grandpa, ball, bath (ba), bottle (baba), and probably more than that I just don't recognize it yet.
Anyway, sorry for the long post... I will make it up with cute pictures of Thomas:
|The second picture he looks a little crazy.|