Reflections of an Artistic Mystic
Shelley Irish, 11/21/19

It’s been a year of lots of change. I’m painting one day a week, teaching or doing oracles another day a week, and working for other companies on other days. I’ve always worked a second job and am taking more work as well. I am putting less pressure on myself in my business and letting it flow as it needs to. My abilities changed after getting rear ended, blah blah blah. I’ve embraced reality and ~ Radical Gentleness ~

It’s too much to put so much pressure on my art anymore. I’ve stopped making free videos, canceled my Patreon rewards account, greatly reduced the fairs I vend at, and have minimized my schedule and offerings to make room to bring in more consistent income from other sources. It was painful, but I made the cuts. I have loved and been terrified by this quote by Elizabeth Gilbert listed below since reading it, and felt life forced me to confront this in 2018 and 2019. I feel I am walking a better lit road through the tunnel of knowing my business will be ok. I can still serve my customers, students and clients, and keep giving what I feel is the best part of myself to the world. It feels great to have let go of things that had to go and have the other side be happy and filled with love. I am a blessed person and artist, so grateful for my family, friends, art tribe, business associates, and you reading this.

Elizabeth Gilbert in Big Magic:

“But to yell at your creativity, saying, “You must earn money for me!” is sort of like yelling at a cat; it has no idea what you’re talking about, and all you’re doing is scaring it away, because you’re making really loud noises and your face looks weird when you do that.”

Ha! The year before getting rear ended, I almost doubled my Gallery Sati earnings from offering regular oracle card readings and classes. The goal I’ve been working toward for years is to one day quit my second job and fully support myself on my art offerings. Not being physically able to maintain that work load anymore started as humiliation, but at this point I have no choice but to turn it into self love. I have written an artist blog for years, and talking about how life affects business has to be a part of that right now, though it has been intimidating to openly write about. I don’t have a lot to say about it, it’s pretty simple now. I feel way better embracing that I’m a little cat that doesn’t need to run like a big dog when that is not healthy for me anymore.

I’m continuing to show art monthly at second Friday artwalks at Moonrise Studios in the Greenwood Art Collective. I do oracle and tarot readings there, as well as monthly on Saturday afternoons at Rainbow Natural Remedies in Capital Hill. I’m doing the Emerald Spiral Psychic Fair twice a year, and just gonna lay low and keep steady. I’ll be adding to my online stores in the background and hope to see you around online or at events! Featured art on Sundays and moon cycle Faery Fortnight Messages on fb are still on tap. 🧚🏽‍♀️