This is a tough post to write. If you have been following along you know that I have skipped a few days of the marathon paintings. Deep down inside I have had to ask myself a few hard questions about the experiment as a whole. As of lately it has felt like a huge chore to get the paintings done….let alone, ‘on time’. The gifting part is easy….mostly because daily gifting is a huge part of my life and has been for 3 years. Painting is also a huge part of my life. In the last three years, I have painted way more paintings than I ever thought I could. I am forever grateful to this project and all that it has pushed me to accomplish.
That being said I feel like this is the end of the road…At least for the February Marathon. This time around things got off to a great start. I feel like the paintings are even better than last year. But I have come to realize a few negatives that maybe weren’t in the mix last year or when I did the original Gift Prolific. If I look back, in earnest, I can see that my life has changed very much since I was able to create paintings everyday. Now I have to-do lists that have to-do lists! haha.
One of the things that has changed is that making art is now my full time job. I have many commissions as well as show deadlines on my plate. While working on the Feb. Marathon this year I have pushed many of those clients an deadlines out of the way to make the daily paintings…And that is just backwards. To add injury to insult, many of days where I painted a daily painting, that is all the work that would get done. By the time I would finish with a marathon painting my energy and time to do other work would vanish. So I need to re-evaluate my priorities and flip this over.
For me, this isn’t really a failure. I made some great paintings. I sold a few of them! THANK YOU! And I am learning a lot about my time and energy management.
I would also like to state that this isn’t about them all selling or not selling. So far I have sold 4 of them and I consider that a huge victory! Last year they sold even quicker. Facebook has made several changes as to who sees my posts. I also am using ETSY to sell these paintings and many people aren’t comfortable signing up to buy a painting. One other factor in the difference in sales is that my life is different than last year. So are many people’s lives. Things change. I am ok with all of this. But I want to be clear that I am stopping mostly because I am overextended on time and energy. Not money issues.
The worst thing that I can imagine is feeling like creating art as a chore. That destroys all of the passion that I have for it. And, as I said before, this is feelin like a chore. So I need to step away from the daily paintings (at least in this capacity) for a bit. Thank you for understanding. And reading along.
I am giving some thought to making the paintings smaller and quicker to finish out the month….as I want to highlight the gifting part of this process. But I am still doing some thinking about that. Take care.