Living the Dream
I have seen students become active artists and then making changes for the better in their lives. This is because it takes the same attitude to make better paintings as is does to make a more livable life. I believe the transformation is unconscious. There is no direct and obvious connection between making a break through with color understanding, and cleaning out clutter in a home, making room for new activities. Maybe it started with clearing space for an art table, but the process snowballs and soon the painter is changing where they hang out, whom they hang out with, and seeking out new adventures.
It works for me anyway. Letting go security for a whole new life helped me become a better painter, I think, too. At least I am painting more in quantity and out of that, eventually comes quality.