There have been many changes around here recently. My focus has shifted radically from what it was even a year ago. Part of these changes were indeed brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. For around ten years I tried to at least supplement my income by participating in outdoor art fairs. A year and a half ago, I opted to not apply to any art fairs. A couple factors were involved. The increasing heat brought on by climate change was one, and I have minor health issues that wasn't allowing me to sit outside for 8-10 hours in a stretch. The other factor was, well, I wasn't making a sustainable income.
That part of the decision to change things was easy. It was a passive action. I just stopped applying to shows.
The more direct action came about a month ago. I sold the canopy that I used for the outdoor shows. I carried it, along with all the weights, stakes, and other accessories, in my van for two years. I finally decided it was time to let it go. If I ever decide to do art fairs again, they will be indoors. There aren't that many indoor shows, but I suspect there might be more in the future.
That being said, the next step I'm about to take is to put my etching press in storage. At first I considered selling it. I haven't printed anything in nearly a year and I would like to use the space it occupies for other purposes. Namely, I want a desk. Preferably an older (antique) one. I picture a metal gooseneck lamp and other accouterments like pencil cups and a blotter pad.
Many of you already know this, but I have found a new passion, which in turn, renewed an old passion. The new passion is typewriters. Specifically, vintage portable typewriters. I am teaching myself to repair and restore typewriters. The first typewriter, a Remington QuietRiter, I purchased over a year ago and thought it would be the only one I would need. Then I watched the documentary California Typewriter in January and it sparked something in me. Since early February I have accumulated sixteen more machines. I'm about to go out this afternoon and buy one, possibly two more.
The passion that was renewed? Poetry. About 30 years ago I tried to be a poet. It didn't work out. This was just as the Internet was about to take off. I didn't even know there is such a thing as typewriter poetry. Now I have my own poetry website Three Dollar Poetry. I encourage you to check it out.
Of course, I'm rambling, although I do have a point and purpose. And it is this: You can have a passion for creating something and not think about making it a "side hustle." I mean, of course you can but it isn't always necessary or even viable. That was my problem with printmaking. I didn't make very much money with it and unfortunately that was the largest part of my focus. With poetry and typewriters, well, I don't think I'm going to make any money on it and that is quite alright. In fact, not focusing on money aspects makes the passion more enjoyable.
So, yes, I'm going on twenty typewriters. I don't plan on keeping them all. There the typewriters I love and will keep, but there are those I plan on cleaning up and selling them. In fact, I just listed the one pictured above on eBay. And what will I do with the money, if I sell it? Buy more typewriters, most likely!
What did you think I was going to say?