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Most days you can find me sitting at my desk, on the couch, or at the kitchen table, scouring the internet searching for the best contemporary fine crafts to share with you. Over the last four and a half years I have consistently provided a visual feast of inspiration for artists, collectors, designers, students and educators all over the world.

It’s time to get out of the house and hit the road. After bringing you the results of the hard work, dedication and commitment of more than 2,000 artists, who better than me to take you deeper into the life of the working artist? I want to show you their daily rhythm, the daily grind, the solitude, the camaraderie, the highs, the lows.

To do that, I’m getting my hands dirty working as an apprentice for established and emerging artists across the country. I’m doing their scut work, sweeping floors and learning – about art, about life as an artist, even about life in general – as I gather material to write in depth about the working artist’s life. A lot of it will appear right here on Daily Art Muse – a multimedia experience complete with pictures, audio slide shows and text.

My first apprenticeship was with a jewelry artist in Connecticut and I recently finished my second internship working with several Washington DC artists. I am currently editing my writing, thousands of images and audio clips from that experience.

Through your donations I was able to pay for temporary housing for a 9 week internship in DC.  Wow.  I’m absorbing the DC experience and working on my next destination.

By clicking on the Donate button in the sidebar your sponsorship will help me pay for temporary housing to live in the towns where I apprentice.

Be a part of this exciting venture – send me out into the field and read about life as a working artist from the inside. This will be a myth-busting look at what it is like to work and live your passion. If you are looking for the Hollywood version, you won’t find it here. No reality show drama either. Just the facts. They are compelling enough.

I have many miles to travel, many people to see, many pages to write. Be part of the experience!

Thank you. A lot. A whole lot. Really.

I want to share (with permission) an email I received recently about the project:

“Susan, I just sent in a donation via PayPal.  I wish it could be more because I am so very happy and proud of what you are doing.  I have visited DAM for a few years now and consider it…and you…such an absolute blessing in my life.

What you do for all of us in terms of inspiration and insight into so many different art forms is a gift of the highest magnitude as far as I am concerned. But what you are doing now – for yourself and so vicariously for us, is so exciting and inspirational that I could just get embarrassingly gushy about it.

That you are carving this brave and uncertain but so very interesting path for yourself is really serving to remind me every day to try harder to follow my own dreams and interests more vigorously and with real commitment of time and energy.

I wish to be in your pocket for so much of this, so thank you for sharing it and I wish you great enrichment and joy in each step. Really, from the bottom of my heart, thanks.”  Chris K.

My heart is full…