I have been brainwashed.

You probably have too. It’s a main part of our society. There are loads of ways society does this, but I’m gonna focus on only one of them for this post.

It’s the belief in Mass Production. Not just the mass production of shit for us to buy, but the belief that each of us need to be massively productive. Like our level of productivity, how much whatever we can pump out, is equal to our value as humans.

This is a totally bullshit thing to believe.

One of the ways this shows up in my work is in the idea that I must churn out masses of art. That if I’m not creating finished paintings every day, that I’m a failure and I’ll never be able to sell my work.

I’ve been painting as much as I possibly can, sometimes creating things that aren’t right, and still believing I need to make more if I’m ever going to sell anything. As if the shear number of paintings is going to be the thing that gets me buyers.

I’ve set myself up for failure. I’ve created a system that is draining and doesn’t serve me or my art.

I can’t go on like this. My art won’t survive this.

I don’t want to spend my days churning out empty art that no one buys. Which is were I’m headed if I stick to what I’ve been doing.

I want to make art for people who love it. Who understand the energy of it and work that energy. This isn’t something that can be mass produced.

It’s time to slow down. It means making less, but also making stronger.

What have you been mass producing? Where is the lie of being massively productive showing up in your life?

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