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posted by Misfit December 10, 2016

I’ve got to admit, I’ve always been considered the odd one in the bunch.   🙂   I guess, I’m what they call a dreamer.   Ever since a young age, I always saw myself helping and teaching others in some way or some form.   Heck, when asked in kindergarten what I wanted to be when I grew up – I proudly stated at the top of my lungs “Missionary to China!”  Much has changed since then (though I still have a love for anything foreign), but my love for helping others and teaching hasn’t changed.

LIFE PLANS GONE AMISS

After graduating high school and having some rough years in college, I finally graduated with a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.   Now, all I needed to do what get a job….

Yepster, get a job…

A job…

Yeah, when I graduated it was the worst hiring freeze for teachers in my state.   Ugh!  Time to go back to the drawing boards – I had to humiliatingly move back in with my parents and seek employment anywhere that would hire me.  I took two jobs – a tutoring job and a job working with 2 year olds at a daycare.  Both were challenging, but I absolutely loved them.  For nearly 3 years I worked both of those jobs and grew my tutoring business to the point that I was working over 20 hours a week.

So why am I talking about tutoring, when I’m an artist?  

Well, I’m glad you asked.  In the summers, my tutoring and daycare jobs kind of dried up.   That’s when I had to put my special thinking cap on and find something else to pay these constant incoming bills.   My mom actually came up with the idea while I was painting in my bedroom one day.   “Why don’t you teach art?”  She said.  My first reaction was to laugh.

COMPLETELY SELF TAUGHT

I had no formal training in art.  NONE!  I was completely self taught!   Who would pay to listen to my art instruction?   But….I was kind of desperate.   Money was getting tight again.     After thinking about it, I figured it couldn’t hurt to ask around.   That summer I started teaching 8 students and eventually grew to nearly 15.    Each summer, I gained more and more students and found myself loving this new business that I had created.

LIFE’s A RoLLeR CoAsTer RiDe

Life was great! Around this time, I met my husband, got married and then things took a turn for the worse.  I was working 3 jobs at the time and loved ever single one of them, but something was really off with my health.  I felt sick all the time and when I wasn’t working, I was curled up in bed with horrid pain that seemed to imprison me within my room.   I found myself depressed and so alone.   Doctors ran multiple tests and after nearly 3 years I had a diagnose   – PCOS.   I had suffered with it my entire life (though I never really knew it), but for some reason when I hit 28 it seemed to take me down for the count.  I tried diet, exercise, medicine, nothing seemed to help.

A PASSION LOST

Finally, I hit my lowest, when my husband and I had to make the decision for me to leave my current jobs.  I felt my heart ripped from me.  It seemed so unfair.   Why, would God do this to me?  I would ask every night.  Wasn’t I helping people?  Wasn’t I doing good things?   Despite my questions, I will say my faith grew stronger the darker my life became.   Oh and if you didn’t catch that, I am a Christ follower.   I’ve been burned by a lot of so called good “Christian” people and I’m not cool with that.  But, those people aren’t my God.  I find myself more passionate about Him with each passing day.

Anyway, getting back to my weird life… I finally hit a point I was so low, my husband told me, “Why don’t you try painting?  You used to love painting. Better yet, film yourself painting and teach others on YouTube – similar to how you used to teach your students.”  At first, I was really turned off by the idea.  I’m more of a behind the scenes person than in front of the camera.  But, I had nothing to loose.  Might as well try…

MIGHT AS WELL TRY…

As I poured myself into watercolor once again, everything I had learned in the past seemed to flood right back and with an even stronger force.   I found myself stepping out of my comfort zone and being comfortable to stand out as myself. As I progressed in my skills, I began to wonder

 Why couldn’t art just be a means for healing, processing who you are, and most importantly just having fun while learning through the process?

WATERCOLOR MISFIT

I guess that’s how all this started…me becoming a Watercolor Misfit.  And so my journey continued…now bringing me into the online world to reach out to others.  My health, I’m happy to say is better – but it’s a daily struggle and some days are better than others.  I’m still a dreamer though!  Got big plans for this new venture and excited to see the outcome!  Anyway, I’ve rambled long enough!  That’s just a short summary of my life and how I became a Watercolor Misfit.

Lots of Love

Carrie Luc - Watercolor Misfit

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10 Comments

David Richard December 10, 2016 at 5:42 am

Carrie, first off thank you for sharing. It is always so nice to get a glimpse into the person behind the paintings. (even though youtube puts your face out there) Secondly, I always look forward to your videos (also Steve Mitchell’s and Angela Fehr’s) it tells me to not take my art so seriously and to add whimsy to my paintings. Last (but certainly not least), it makes me happy that an artist that I admire is a Christian. I pray that this new direction of the concentration of making your art a career will blossom. Thanks again. .

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Mignom Prider December 10, 2016 at 7:19 am

Hi Carrie,

Just wanted to tell you I ‘LOVE’ your new banner – the line of animals are so adorable, & I love how you have arranged them with your ‘Watercolor Misfit’ name – well done – you are sooo clever.
Love your work 😀

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Misfit December 12, 2016 at 11:44 pm

Thanks! 😀 It really happened by chance. I stumbled upon the new type while trying to update a Facebook header. Weird how things work out 😉

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Paula December 13, 2016 at 7:16 pm

I really appreciate your spunk and that you always look for another way when things don’t work out…Psalm 139 teaches us how God made each and every one of us and therefore we are one of a kind! He really threw in a little extra when he made you! You are so special…

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Misfit February 12, 2017 at 11:43 pm

Thanks Paula 😀 This made my day! I’m just now starting to get back into the groove of things. Took longer than expected to get back on my feet 😀 Hoping for a better 2017! 😀

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Geslina February 11, 2017 at 4:34 pm

Life sometimes leads us down mysterious paths, but you are very lucky, because who wouldn’t want to do what you are doing? I was able to make a living as an artist when I was younger, but it wasn’t a very stable life financially – more like feast or famine. Back then I didn’t concern myself with things like health benefits, or investing/saving money. I decided to go back to college and pursue REAL career. Now I have health benefits. I have some money saved. I’ve got job security, even a 401k plan and some other modest investments. But, I’m worn out from the stress of my job, a 40hr plus work week. I’ve got very little energy for art, and that makes me really sad.

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Daniel Ankele May 2, 2017 at 5:08 am

Dear Carrie,
I really enjoyed your bio and how your faith grew stronger through the trials. As David said above, I admire that you are a fellow Christian and not ashamed to proclaim Jesus Christ. God bless you!

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Myra Arnold June 16, 2017 at 9:43 am

Hi Carrie , thanks for your bio. I’ve been enjoying your videos for a while now and it’s good to get to know you better. I’m a Montessori preschool teacher and am just learning to watercolor. Do you have any ideas for teaching wAtercor to little kids? Also I like your “Beautiful ” piece. Could you put that on etsy?

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Liz Marks-Eddy September 6, 2017 at 8:32 am

I just want to thank you for sharing your story, you are a true inspiration! I too struggle with health issues on a daily basis ( 2 neck surgeries, a lot of arthritis, and now having my thyroid removed within the next month or two) and cannot work. Both my boys are grown, and I’m finding myself in a funk and feeling kind of empty. So I’m thinking about going back to some of my all-time favorites… Painting, jewelry making and possibly some woodworking ( if I actually have it in me )!! Lol So i’ve been watching tons of YouTube videos on “top paints to use” beginning wayercolor videos, and so on. I came across one of your videos yesterday and really loved you! After watching a bunch of different artists, listening to them and seeing their art, I went back to looking for you again! Just like you say about everybody having their own specific needs with art supplies etc., you were the person that fit my personality! You’re very upbeat, give just the perfect amount of information and when I saw your own artwork (when you were demonstrating different inks), I just knew I would need to keep following you! Thank you so much for sharing, I am truly amazed that you are a self-taught painter! You have such an incredible gift and heart! I can’t wait to see more of your videos and receive your newsletters! I will definitely share your site, everything about you is fun, easy, and pretty much laid back! Some artists are dry, very picky about “their” personal preferences, and can be intimidating! You’re perfect for beginners and advanced painters! I hope and pray that This journey you’re on with sharing and teaching art turns into everything you’ve dreamed about! God has definitely blessed you with so many gifts, and like I’ve always told my sons, “sharing is always better!” Again thank you so much for sharing and truly inspiring me! Liz ?????????

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Misfit September 6, 2017 at 4:50 pm

Aw thanks Liz! So sorry for your health struggles. But I’ve been learning these struggles make me stronger and more relatable. I mean who likes a plastic person that has everything together anyway 😉 Lots of love to you Carrie

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