Well, I'm not getting any younger so I decided to go in debt for art supplies and to finance exhibits of my artwork. So far, my work has been well received and I have sold five or six limited edition prints netting about $60 per each print sold. Still about 10,000 in debt. I also made a trip to New York City to visit the art museums there--something I should have done years ago, but I always felt I could not afford the trip. Next year, I plan to raid my retirement account to buy a new Epson wide-format printer and invest in different substrates.
I am fortunate to have found an online teaching position with the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Online Division. I have been teaching online for 10 years. The pay is less than what many business sites report as the average wage of someone with a Bachelor's degree. I have an MFA in Fine Arts from UCLA and a PhD from Texas A & M University. My husband is retired, meaning he lost his job when he was over 60 and could not find another job. He collects Social Security. I have always been the primary breadwinner for our family. Before teaching online, I worked as an adjunct for three to four years, driving from one end of Houston to the other to the other to teach at as many as five different campuses in one semester. I was hired for a tenure-track position at community colege outside of Houston, but unfortunately the department there had a poor track record with women faculty, having been successfully sued by two women faculty for sex discrimination the year before I was hired. After 4 years, I had a hearing loss and started wearing hearing aids. Despite my outstanding teaching evaluations the department decided not to renew my contract. During the same year, they also did not renew the contract of another female faculty member who had hearing loss. That woman's EEOC complaint forced the college president to find her another position at the college. I have a small 401K that I regularly delve into to pay for art supplies.
Well, I get a lot of good ideas that I can't implement because of lack of funds for materials and lack of a studio space. I work with what I have. I'm an oil painter and like to work large, but have limited space for working or for storing my finished works. Fortunately, I am expert with computer software and competent in photography so I've started makimg limited edition prints blending photography with computer graphics and printing them on different substrates.