Deep Down (Feb. Marathon #14)

gp_feb14_14_endThis 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.

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About giftprolific

My name is Joshua Coffy and I am an artist living in San Francisco. You can see my art at www.undersong.com as well. Thanks for your time.
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4 Responses to Deep Down (Feb. Marathon #14)

  1. Love being part of your journey – no matter the twists and turns.

  2. Lynn and Joe says:

    Hi Josh… I am one of your newest fans from Sparks, Nv. [# 169 & 170]. I would just like to say that at this point in time in your life, all of your faithful fans and friends and followers and casual acquaintances and even the strangers you meet, will gladly and happily “GIFT” you all the time that you need to rejuvenate yourself so that what you love to do becomes a pleasure again and not a chore~ Take all the time you need and know that we will all be here when you return!!!! ***Lynn from Sparks***

    • giftprolific says:

      Thank you Lynn. It is really nice to hear. I really appreciate the support.

      Things have changed so much from when I was able to do the original project….It seems like there were a perfect storm of circumstances for that to happen….and I am learning that its a good thing that things aren’t the same as they were then. Almost like the universe is forcing me to adapt and evolve.

      Thank you for the encouragement. Take care. Talk to you soon.

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