But eventually the well just seemed to run dry and I had to find a new way to make a living.
I had the skills and materials for sign painting, but no customers.
I had the desire to be a fantasy illustrator, but lacked the skills.
What to do?
Well it took longer to figure out than it should have, but the answer came to me in a flash when I gave myself permission to let the sign painter in me take over the studio and paint anything he wanted.
None of this is great art, but you can see how images like this would incorporate easily into a sign for a hair salon, tanning salon, or boutique.
These ones were all about three to four feet long.
And I never would have made that transition if I'd done things right. If I'd followed the rules and used sign stuff for signs and art stuff for art I'd have played my weakness and gotten nowhere. But I played my strength, the only strength I had, and got farther than I'd ever expected.
Don't do things the way they're supposed to be done, do them in whatever way you are most likely to succeed at them.