2020 ColorByFeliks Year in Review & Looking Forward
I am eternally grateful to all of you in the community for your support that allowed me to continue to make a living doing what I love during these rough times, and I hope I can continue to provide you with all the resources you need to continue to connect with your own creativity. 2020 was a very busy year and it was all made possible through your support; I count this blessing every day. As we grow ColorByFeliks, I am constantly thinking about you in the community and how I can use our growth to give you better products, help rising artists get more exposure, and give you all the resources and encouragement you need. I would like to use this post to update you on how the ColorByFeliks team and I have grown this year, and give a glimpse into what we have planned in 2021.
So without further ado, here is what myself, my wife Andrea, and the rest of the ColorByFeliks team got up to in 2020:
We started the year with two products for sale; we are now offering TEN different products! I am truly overwhelmed by the support they've gotten as we strive to give you affordable, quality products that I use myself. I couldn't have done this without my wife Andrea and the rest of our business team. Part of the success of our product lines is that we've listened to what you as creators want, so please let me know in the comments below which products you'd like to see in the future.
If you haven't yet tried our paints or other products, you can check them out [here]. Like I said, I only use my own materials and I know you'll love them as much as I do.
I am a big believer in putting the important things first. Growing a business and gaining followers is nice, but it pales in comparison to the importance of mental health, happiness, balance, and especially family. Those things will always come first for me. In that spirit, I decided this year to scale back my YouTube tutorials a little bit, because creating and editing a three-hour tutorial every week was getting exhausting and was leaving me uninspired. Doing that every week alongside the many other projects I do to run my business was not sustainable and left me feeling pretty burnt out. I needed time in my week to recharge and get inspired, which is how I create my best work and I wasn’t able to do that with the rigorous painting schedule I was trying to maintain. I am feeling much happier and more inspired now, and I strongly support any of you reading this to also prioritize your health and happiness. We all have to make a living, but there comes a point when overworking yourself in the pursuit of your dreams becomes bad for your health. I create best when I'm taking care of myself and have a clear mind. Anyway, the YouTube tutorials will not be going away; they will just be less frequent now, and you can still go learn from my large back-catalogue of free tutorials [here] if you haven't seen them yet.
I am always reading your feedback and using it to plan what's next for my community. My followers were repeatedly asking me about seeing tutorials and artworks from other mediums besides acrylic. I could always try new mediums myself (and maybe I will one of these days!), but I figured, "Why not just invite some of my artist friends to come on the channel?" My ongoing mission is to support emerging artists financially. I've discovered the path to building a business out of my art, and I want to show that path to others and share my success. In my opinion, there are so many insanely talented artists out there who deserve way more followers and recognition than they have, so that's why we started CBF Presents this year.
Finally, I've taken a big step this year into following my dreams of making fine art. Making fine art was always a dream of mine, and after many years of struggle to get the business up and running, I finally feel like I have the time to really experiment in this area without feeling pressured or rushed. You've probably seen my style evolving on [my instagram feed]. I am incredibly excited for this new, experimental period in my work and I can't wait to see where this path leads me in 2021.
Speaking of 2021, here are some things I'm looking forward to in the coming year:
- We want to continue to build and grow CBF Presents and support artists financially, through exposure, and with art supplies.
- Our products will be available in multiple new countries for much cheaper shipping rates so they will be more accessible to our international friends both on Amazon and our website.
- We are outgrowing our current studio and hope to find a new location this year.
- We will continue to create new & innovative art supplies for you.
- Based on the success of the Painting Academy, I will be releasing a new art related course this year.
- I will continue to experiment and develop my fine art pieces.
- Our new website will be up in January for products and soon afterward I will be offering my fine art pieces for sale there as well.
- I will be posting many more blogs! There will be occasional business updates like this one, but I really want to use my blog to share my thoughts with you all about my own creative process and the personal struggles and victories behind it.
Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for all your continued support. You all inspire me more than you know, and one of my favorite parts of my job is getting to read your beautiful comments and see your incredible works of art. Stay tuned to the blog for all this good stuff I have planned for you and much more! Let me know in the comments what you thought of everything we did in 2020.
What inspired you? What would you like to see more of? I'm always listening.
Until next time, keep creating!