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Part-Time Job & Artist’s Apprehension

Part-Time Job

I finally got a part-time job after searching for a few weeks. I start in a couple of days.

I can’t say that I’m excited as I hoped to have more time to work on my own business here at home. But we need more money coming in and we have projects that require a little extra money.

But I’m going to keep working on my business as much as I can while working and keep trying to build it to where I want it.

This isn’t what I wanted. I was hoping for more time but plans change, I know that.

I hoped to be further along than I am, and I can’t help but wonder if I’m doing something wrong. What could I have done better? What can I do better?

My small home business was supposed to help support whatever needs came up, and I can’t help but wonder if I’m even good enough to do it. How do I get people beyond my friends and family to see my work? I made the websites, I posted on social media, I told people about it.

Yet, most of my family and friends haven’t even looked at my website or listened to a podcast that I’ve made. Someone might ask me a question and I will tell them it’s all on my website or in a blog I’ve written.

“Oh, I usually don’t click on the links.”

It’s all right there. Here. It’s all right here on the website. Click on the links and share them. You don’t have to buy anything, just share the damn link!

New items are available in the Online Studio!

But, as time went on, I realized that it was me. I’m not focused enough on the tasks to get them done and marketed consistently enough that would help boost my views and/or ratings.

For a few weeks, I didn’t even have internet or hotspot to get online to post anything, which is another big hamper in my future plans for Shawnee Rising Studios. My internet sucks!

But I’m just whining now.

I know I need the job in order to start saving money for plans and projects needed to move forward. I need a workshop in order to move my workspace out of my bedroom. I need room to breathe and spread out.

I don’t have that now and it’s needed badly!

But I’m getting by and I know things are going to start changing back to normal where I can work on my home business full-time.

I just really, really don’t want to get a job!

Artist’s Block Apprehension

I’ve had something on my mind the last few days and I wanted to share it. Something that kind of opened my eyes to what I’m feeling when staring at a blank canvas or page.

When it comes to artist’s block or writer’s block, especially when it comes to starting a new project, apprehension is a feeling that I believe most people mistake for their block. At least it is for me.

I think there’s always a small fear when starting a project. You’re not sure if it will come out how you want it or you don’t know if it will end up being a complete waste of time. For me, I always feel like I’m not good enough to create what’s in my head, so I always feel like it’s going to be crappy and be a complete waste of my time.

Challenging myself puts me at a standstill and I tell myself that it’s just artist’s block or writer’s block, depending on what I’m doing. But my apprehension isn’t allowing me to focus and see the bigger picture in my mind.

I forget sometimes that creating art, especially painting, that nothing is certain. You have an image in your mind, but it’s the beauty of going through the different steps of painting, seeing something in it, and then following it somewhere else, where you might see something totally different and follow that.

But no matter which direction you take, the feeling, the heart, of what you were wanting is always there. I know other artists may not see it this way or even feel this way, but I do, and I think it’s an amazing journey through a painting and your own psyche during its creation. Your mind travels around and sees different things you hadn’t even imagined putting into the artwork.

This is why I try very hard not to tell anyone, even myself, what I will be painting unless I know for sure what I’m going to paint. But if there’s something I’m wanting to create, and I’m not exactly sure the path I’m going to take, then I keep it to myself and try to keep my mind open and focused on the feeling or message that I’m wanting to purvey through the piece.

It’s almost, if not exactly, like outlining and pantsing for writers.

You have people that will outline their entire story or novel, mapping out their entire path before they even think about leaping into writing the story.

There are people who paint the same way. They will sketch out their entire painting, whether on a piece of paper or on a canvas before they even lay out their brushes.

Then you have pantsers, people who write by the seat of their pants. No outline. No path. Just an idea of what they want. They let the story unfold as they’re writing it. Which is how I write my stories most of the time.

But this is also how I paint. I put brush to canvas and let the painting unfold in front of me as I paint it. If I see something that I don’t like, I paint over it and redo it.

Pantsing is such a strange thing. You write or paint as if someone else is transcribing it to you at that moment. You are just another tool along with the pen or brush as someone or something writes or paints through you.

I just wish they were a better painter!

Many blessings and have a safe and happy holiday season!

Niyâwe! Thank you!

Michael Daugherty
Shawnee Rising Studios

You can catch up with me on my Facebook pageTwitter, Instagram, TikTok, or contact me using the form on the Contact page.

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I Have to Head Back to Move Forward…

So, I’m looking for a part-time job in order to bring in some more money so that my wife and I can start saving for our workshop.

A while back, my wife and I bought a large shed that we were going to convert into a tiny house, but circumstances changed and we were unable to start working on it. So, after I quit my job and began working on my art full-time, we decided that we could turn all or part of the shed into a workshop so that we could expand our workspace and get out of our bedroom.

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Update on Shawnee Rising Studios!

I just wanted to give a little update on Shawnee Rising Studios!

It’s been a while since I’ve written in the blog or posted a podcast and I just thought it was time to give an update on why.

So, I quit my job back in March and I had these huge plans to build my little art business at home, eventually pulling in my wife to help with some stuff. Original artwork, beaded earrings, and bracelets were a few of the items I have made and sold in my Online Studio. Soap, lip balms, and possibly bath bombs were in the plans for future endeavors. All of this was supposed to happen by the end of the year, with my wife quitting her job to help after saving money back.

None of this has happened yet.

It’s now October. Things haven’t really fallen into place and for the last few weeks, I have been in that state of mind that most artists go through when they’re starting out; feeling like an imposter.

I’ve heard of artists and creators going through this phase of their careers, but I didn’t think would be such a debilitating feeling.

Imposter syndrome is when a person doubts their skills and abilities and has feelings of being a fraud. You feel like you’re inadequate and failing.

I have hit this phase of my art-building career.

When things don’t sell and I can’t get people to buy things, I wonder if what I’m doing is even worth it. If I don’t have money coming in, then none of it is. Without money, I can’t help my wife pay bills and/or buy groceries. As much as I would love to be able to do my artwork without charging, it’s impossible. Society has placed such a burden on us to need money that even the smallest of services must be charged for.

I’m not getting the money I need to continue with what I’m doing at this moment.

Was I not good enough? I don’t know. I can’t get people to answer my questions about my work or website. I can’t get people to review my Facebook page or products. I can’t get people to share posts or links.

Nobody, but a small few, will tell me how I’m doing or how they like my work.

Nobody, but a small few, will listen to my podcasts.

I’ve messaged many people on Facebook and asked if they’ve ever clicked on a link to one of my blog posts, and they’ve all said no. So, they won’t read this.

It’s no one’s fault. It’s mine.

I haven’t marketed myself or my art the way I should have and I don’t spend enough time on social media to talk about my art. I’ve been a quiet person my whole life and that has, for the most part, spread over into my social media.

At this point in my art-building career, I feel like a fraud. I know the feeling will pass. I know I just have to give it time, but time is running out. I don’t want to still be working on my career when I’m in my 50’s.

I have to get a job.

I have been actively putting in applications to places close to home because I’m not making any money.

I feel like a failure in the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do with my life.

Like I said, this feeling will pass.

We have things to work on to get my workspace more like an artist shop. At this time, it’s in my bedroom and there’s very little room to do anything.

So, at some point, I will be heading back to work. I don’t know when and I don’t know what effect it will have on my artwork if any. If I don’t post or do anything for a while, I’m most likely focusing on work until I get settled in.

Going back to work was the one thing I never wanted to do again.

In the meantime, I’m working on a book; a novel. I write when I can and it helps when I’m feeling unproductive.

I love to write. I wish I had learned more about writing in school, or grammar more specifically.

I love to write, but I sure don’t know how to. After many drafts of getting my story and characters the way I want them, we will come to the editing portion; editing my book line by line to make sure all of my sentences are clear of mistakes. I’m sure there will be many.

There are many aspects to writing a book that I’ve never learned how to do; description, world-building, etc., but I’ve watched hours of videos on it.

There’s an awesome community of new and old authors on YouTube that teach their way of writing. They each tackle books in their own way and it’s awesome to learn from people that actually know what they’re talking about.

But, that’s about all right now.

I hope that you stick around to see what happens in the future. I’m still fighting like hell to make things happen, even when I feel like a fraud at times.

Niyâwe! Thank you!

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Shawnee Rising Podcast Break Extended

Hato, niwikana! Hello, my friends!

As I work on marketing my artwork and Online Studio, I am going to extend my break from the podcast for another week or so. I need to think about getting more earrings and paintings made, while also helping around the house and getting things fixed up.

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Podcast | Dedicated to Land & Water Protectors

Podcast transcript below

[Opening & Intro Music]

Niyawe! Thank you for checking out the Shawnee Rising Podcast and tuning in to the last episode of season 2. This has been a pretty good season. A lot of things happened during this season and I only hope things keep getting better. I feel like I’m starting to get a hang of this podcast thing and I really hope that my podcast will continue to grow and get better. It was a slow start, but things are slowly starting to come together. I’ve been a pretty patient person most of my life, and this is just one more thing I need to allow to grow and take shape naturally, while feeding it organic and authentic content.

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Podcast | Remains of 215 First Nations Children Found

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[Opening & Intro Music]

Niyawe! Thank you for checking out the Shawnee Rising Podcast. If you missed it, I had some new artwork drop in my Online Studio at Go check it out.

In this short episode, I just wanna talk about something for a bit. There was some sad news in Canada this last week or so…an unmarked gravesite was found at a residential school where the remains of 215 First Nations children were discovered. It was the Kamloops Indian Residential School located in Kamloops, British Columbia, in Canada.

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Podcast | Reading Some Poetry!

Hato, niwikanaki noki niteleniwemaki. Hakowisilasamamopwa! Michael Daugherty nitesifo. Neosho, MO wayecinocipiya noki sawanwa nela!
Hello, my friends and my relatives. How are you all doing? My names Michael Daugherty. I’m from Neosho, MO and I am Shawnee!

You can find Shawnee Rising Podcast on your favorite podcast app, or just about anywhere podcasts are available. Just search for Shawnee Rising Podcast and then hit that follow button.

If you want to support me and what I do and help me keep doing what I love to do, then consider becoming a patron on my Patreon for as little as $1 a month and gain access to exclusive content no one else sees. Pledge in the 2 higher tiers and receive free gifts sent to you every 3 months for a whole year! You can cancel at any time. If you don’t want to pledge a monthly contribution, or just can’t afford to, then you can buy me coffee for as little as 2 bucks. Head over to, look for the coffee cup at the bottom of your screen and you can donate, or buy me a coffee, without ever leaving my site! I can’t thank you enough for helping me to achieve my dream of becoming a full-time artist. Niyawe câkiwiyefa! H’yowe! Let’s go!

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Changes and A Few Small Upgrades

Hato, niwikana! Hello, my friends!

I just wanted to give you some news on some changes and a few small upgrades happening here at Shawnee Rising Studios.

To help support Shawnee Rising Studios, you can become a member of my Patreon with a monthly contribution starting at just $1 a month! You can upgrade or cancel at anytime. If you don’t want to pledge for a month and just want to support what I do, then you can buy me a coffee! Yep, head over to and you can donate, or buy me a coffee, for as little as $2.

The more I upgrade my equipment and am able to buy art supplies, the better my content will get, and the more I can share with you as I journey to become a full-time creator!

So, if you’re ready:

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Thank you for your continued support!

Online Studio

There’s been a lot going on in the last few weeks with historic winter weather hitting across the country. I just wanted to say thank you for your continued support, even during tough times for all of us! Though it was rough, I managed to get out and ship my very first package from an online order before weather got horrendous.

It’s been very exciting to be able to make something and instantly put it in my Online Studio. It feels amazing, actually!

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One Week Open and Looking to the Future!

One week in and I have received such awesome feedback and compliments on the shop and art pieces. I want to thank everybody for such kind words. There’s not a lot right now, but there’s more still to come!

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Welcome to the Studio!


The Shawnee Rising Studios online shop is now OPEN and ready for business!

Head over and check out original paintings and earrings, with even more items still to come! New items will be uploaded as soon as they’re finished and prepared. So check back regularly!

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February is Coming Up Fast!

Online Studio Update

February 1st is coming up fast and I am looking forward to dropping some artwork into the Online Studio. I have six paintings that are ready to go and I’m in the process of making some earrings. I have some bracelets and a few more items ready to drop as well.

Also, in addition to canvas paintings, I will be creating my own paper and using it for various mediums: acrylic, water color, graphite, mixed media, and whatever else I can find to sling on it. I think making my own paper will make the piece that much more unique and personal. It also allows me to recycle old paper into something useful.

I’ll be recording my process of making my own paper in a future YouTube vlog, so keep a look out for the notification on the socials for when it drops.

Support Shawnee Rising Studios

I’ve mentioned it before, but if you want monthly shop discounts and want to see some exclusive content, like a behind the scenes look into my studio or what I’m working on, then become a patron, a subscribed member of my Patreon. Your monthly contributions help keep me doing what I love and they also help me upgrade my art supplies and equipment, which means higher quality content.

I currently have four tiers: $1, $5, $10, and $25. The higher tiers, 10 and 25 dollars, receive a free gift 3 months after they sign up and then every 3 months afterward, for a whole year! Just a way of saying thanks for the awesome support.

So, if you’re ready…

Become a Patron!

If, for any reason, you can’t afford a monthly subscription to Patreon, there is another option. You can buy me a coffee…for real! Buy Me a Coffee is a simple, easy, and awesome way to support the creators you believe in by donations, or buying them a coffee!

On my page, you can donate, or buy me a coffee, for as little as $2, or however much you want. Also, if you don’t care to hassle with Patreon, you can become a monthly or annual subscriber on Buy Me a Coffee as well, but without all the perks that you get on Patreon. It’s simple and easy.

You can find the Buy Me a Coffee button at the bottom of the screen and support me without ever leaving my site! Just look for the coffee cup.

Or, you can click the button below and go straight to the website…

Buy Me A Coffee

Any amount, no matter how small, is appreciated more than I could express!

Shawnee Rising Podcast

My podcast is till running! I’ve recorded and published 7 episodes at the time of writing this, and this season will only have 10 episodes. I’m still new to this podcast thing, and definitely new to talking a lot, but everything is going good and I’m having a lot of fun doing podcasts.

So, just know that your contributions from Patreon and/or Buy Me a Coffee goes toward the Shawnee Rising Podcast as well. For the free version of PodBean, the podcast platform I am using, they only allow 5 hours of record time before I have to upgrade to a paid version.

I’m almost out of time…!

It’s not very much, but subscriptions start to add up when you’re running a website that require other subscriptions.

If you listen to my podcast, niyawe! thank you! If not, then that’s ok, too? But if you’re curious, go ahead and take a listen.

Let me know what you think!

Random Thoughts…

Everything that I’m doing is out of my comfort zone. Patreon, Buy Me a Coffee, selling my artwork…it’s all actually really hard for me to do. I have a hard time asking for money, even when selling a piece of work. I understand that to make a profit and a living income I will have to ask uncomfortable prices for my work. But, I think if I can get higher quality equipment and supplies, I feel like that the content and creations will be worth the price, because I fight internally with believing that my work is even worth anything to anybody.

I know everyone struggles with this issue. I know it will always feel like my work isn’t good enough. I just want to thank those who have been sticking by me, believing in me, and supporting me. There are still a lot of things I have planned for my future, ideas I hope will become reality someday.

With the help and support from family, friends, and even strangers, I believe I will achieve those goals.

Salanoki Kenole. Niyawe!

Michael Daugherty
Shawnee Rising Studios

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Online Studio Grand (Re)Opening Reminder!

Online Studio

This is your official reminder for the grand (re)opening of my online shop on Shawnee Rising Studios!

Coming in February, 2021!

You can expect to see some original paintings and handcrafted pieces drop right away on opening day! Things will be slow at first, as I’m still in the process of creating and handcrafting new pieces. New items will immediately drop as I finish and prepare them for the Online Studio.

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Patreon – Supporting Artist and Creators

Patreon is a funding platform that allows people to support their favorite artists and creators with recurring payments. In return, the creator gives out benefits to their patrons for their gracious support.

I posted about Buy Me a Coffee in the last blog update, and I wanted to mention Patreon on here as well.

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Buy Me A Coffee! Donations and Memberships

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Donations and memberships are here!

Buy Me a Coffee is the best way for creators and artists to accept support and membership from their fans .” -Buy Me a Coffee

Buy Me a Coffee is a site where people can follow and support artists and creators by donating a small amount (buying them a coffee) or by becoming full-fledged fans with a membership. The memberships can be on a month by month basis or annually. It’s your choice!

Buy Me a Coffee is a lot like Patreon, which is very popular, but Buy Me a Coffee is much simpler and with less fees associated with it.

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My Online Shop Grand Opening…Again!

Online Shop

In February, 2021, I will be posting all of my artwork into my online shop for my grand (re)opening.

Why February and not January? I keep finding more things that I need, like having boxes for shipping. Pretty important! I’m going to do it, no matter the circumstances. I’ve grown tired of waiting around. As long as I have the basic items necessary to ship packages, I’m going to do it this time!

So, in February, everything’s up for grabs!

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Podcasts and New Items

Just wanted to give and update on my podcasts and new items that will be coming out at the beginning of the year, 2021.


I know I keep saying that my online shop will be opening soon and that new items will be popping up, but with everything going on with the pandemic and the sporadic shipping delays people are having, I’m waiting until January to see how things look. There’s a lot going on, especially with shipping companies, I would hate for a piece of artwork to go missing or get damaged.

So, in the meantime I’m painting and getting other pieces of work made to fill the shop up to be ready for opening day, hopefully in January or February. A big NIYAWE, thank you, to everyone helping out and supporting me by buying some pieces already. It means and helps a lot! It really does.

I feel like I keep saying all of this over and over, but this year has been crazy. I’m just ready for things to get back to normal and to get my online shop opened up.


I love podcasting and I hope I can continue doing it. For now, I can’t find the time to do it. I don’t have the space or the alone time to get a recording made. I thought I would at least get a season in before taking a break, not four episodes. But, I hope I can get it started back up again soon.

My main problem is content. I really don’t know what to talk about, but I keep forgetting that I made the podcast just to rant and get things off of my mind. I’m trying too hard to make it “artsy”, when that’s what I want to do with this blog. The blog is for art and the podcast is for ranting about other things.

So, if episode 5 ever comes out and it sounds a little different, that’s why. There are things I want to talk about that I have a hard time talking about with other people, and I hope with podcasting it will help make it a little easier to say.

So, that wraps up this post. Time to get creating…

Everyone have a safe and joyous holiday!

NIYAWE! Thank you!

Michael Daugherty
Shawnee Rising Studios

You can catch up with me on my Facebook page Shawnee Rising StudiosTwitter, Instagram, TikTok, or contact me using the form on the Contact page.

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Changes Are Happening!

Changes are happening all over the site, starting with the addition of my shop page with sub-menu links to my off-site shops like Threadless and Society6. The only products that have been added are my books, located on, and will be all you see for the time being until I begin creating and posting works to the shop.

It’s happening, folks! Everything is finally coming together and my shop is beginning to take shape.

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Resolutions or No Resolutions?

I have never been good at keeping new years resolutions. For as long as I can remember making them, I’ve never followed through with one. Too many things happen in a year that change my plans and I end up going in a different direction or I just don’t do it.

But, as the holidays come to a close and a new year is just around the corner, I find myself thinking about the things I hope to accomplish in the year 2020. So, do I make resolutions?

I don’t think I will.

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