But not for the reasons you might think.
I hear you Jeffrey. I find it so hard to keep up the consistency, many reasons why. Usually involves making money or time itself. It feels like a hamster wheel or the newspapers that have all this energy put into them and within the flick of a hand it hits the bin like a basketball shot worth no points. Also to engage with people as you say is a wonderful thing it is the soul purpose because your creativity can live on in the hearts and minds of our supporters, friends, lovers of creativity and not in the bin of yesterdays newspapers. But again, I find it so hard to create that bridge and maintain it, a heavy heart and anxiety that I can’t reply to all the genuine comments. I’m no complaining, like you say, but there isn’t enough time to be genuine, the business world of art is hard, cold and not genuine. Maybe that’s just me, but I will continue to put my heart and soul into what I do and make time to respond to wonderful people like yourself whom I listen, enjoy and gain so much. Thank you. Excuse my poor writing, I’m not Dicky Shakespeare 😁 I wonder what he would think of todays creative world.
With such a range of art you are interested/create being able to go from piece to piece when you are stuck with it makes sense ( drying times alone being so long ). That you are so actively creative is one reasons I 'dial in' to your almost daily walks and talks because there is such variety in your topics and your share your life for that time with us all. Its so different and refreshing to hear about not just the depth of work but your thoughts and life.
It seems that no matter what you create it adds to this world in a positive way and that is so so good. :)
Congrats on hitting a milestone! I’m still working on the why...though I enjoy the what, so maybe that’s it. Though such an attitude results on peaks and troughs of production over the years.
I find these kind of things exceedingly difficult to articulate. You’ve done an excellent job here.
This posts resonates — Thanks for sharing, Jeffery. Please keep going!
Congrats on 100, I can't even imagine.
Thank you for this, it's refreshing to read and parallels many of my struggles and views. I have struggled with consistency and attempted to follow the you need to post X times over X years on social to build your following. But it's not me, and if we are being authentic which is the other thing we are told to do, then that too comes through. So we have to do what feels right for each of us, and if that doesn't please the algorithms then so be it.
I don't thing I have as many things in motion as you do, but I enjoy hearing all the of the things you move between. It helps me feel like I am not wrong for being scattered through so many interests.
This one really spoke to me for a couple of reasons. First of all, one of the reasons I quit Instagram was because of the algorithm. I can’t create and post just for the sake of creating and posting, and without consistency, the algorithm ignores you. It’s actually one of my better ideas, because now I can focus on making work that is meaningful to me, instead of chasing the likes.
The other is that after having a pretty fallow few weeks, I needed to hear the word “consistent”. I’m behind on a couple of self-imposed deadlines. This is the kick in the star I needed to get back to work. Thank you.