Almost There. The logo was a long time coming. It was more than an evolution - as creativity goes there was a line of thinking that showed a different image emerging at first. I always tell my students your first idea is not necessarily your best; it's a place to start. There were variations on the first image and then there was a break from that - letting it go - then a completely different approach, look, and feel resulted in what you see now. Time has that effect on perspective sometimes. I know something will work itself out like solving a puzzle, and patiently I go through my process allowing the answer to the design challenge to surface: Sometimes I would sit at my art desk deliberately working on the logo, at other times I would wake up to scratch something on paper, or days later I would walk upstairs and then something would occur to me. In the meantime life is going on. The seed of this image came to me on the drive from the shop where I had just placed the hat orders. I have a belief that the successful is already waiting for me, so confidently I just keep moving forward with my work, and like the logo when it's right, it's right, like it was meant to be all along. I just have to go through the process, of believing in my intuition, applying my creative process and working it out.
I am increasingly aware of efficiency as a rhythm or way of doing and being that does not waste energy, at home, at work, or in creativity. Rushing anything is not efficient...I realized as I missed a stair and injured my foot - sure I would have liked to have had my online store filled by now, but all in due time. I am noticing that there is a zone of thought that gets things done with a feeling of effortlessness and I am working to cultivate that as a practice for living more fully on a daily basis - By the way, my lap top came back from repair today; I am relieved at this perfect timing - There are so many other factors affecting productivity. Those factors can be seen as so many daily distractions that on the surface would appear to take us away from what we would really like to be doing, but it is simply presence of mind, and attentiveness that makes the doing of anything of benefit.
I have found benefit in shifting attention from one activity to take a break with another, or shifting from sustained focus on something important or requiring creative thought to clearing my mind of its concerns with something mundane. That intentional presence in all things has been a great source of peace of mind. So many things have occurred lately through that peaceful confident state of mind, confirming for me that there are no coincidences. I just say thank you, as expected. When you think about it all the "coincidences" are a result of choices you have made coming back in an unexpected way as doors opened or problems solved. I have noticed that when things seem overwhelming and time seems limited for getting somewhere or doing something even though it may seem counter intuitive I slow down and take time with what is immediately in front of me and everything works out in its own time.
I think my next task is to seek out a book on business that fits with a more holistic approach. I am wondering what's out there, and taking feedback.
A simple choice made opens up a multitude of possibilities:
Ie. shifting your perception, location, medium of expression, or range of influence. It is then that you realize your limitations are of thought only.
Everything from this point becomes uncomfortable learning until it is familiar again.
It was good to enjoy a break from work and a little break in the winter weather. I worked at creativity during my week of spring break, and this work brought with it new understanding.
This piece is called Sleeping Under the Weight of the World. So many things affected this work...the weight of the world for one, the packaging paper I couldn't toss away because someone somewhere left their folded, creased energy in it for me to interpret, and finally technology. There is the original paper piece, the edited layout and its quilting block effect, and now I see a final process waiting for me to apply it to canvas. I thought I was done, but this is just the beginning.
I will get digital prints made for the online store and I will produce an original canvas inspired by this concept. Originals will also be made available through the online store front.
Today is Thursday, but since I no longer have my computer, both my "Fast Food For Thought Friday" and my posts of the week email to subscribers that usually goes out on Saturday will be delivered today while I am on my lunch break. Recalculating has become a popular term with particular meaning in the Information Age thanks to GPS, but this is not new. We have always adjusted to change. Where last week was like loose ends unravelling, and yesterday was a break in the tension, today feels like recalculating and redirecting. Hopefully, I get my computer back in working order in two weeks. In the meantime, I will post where I can, but on second thought Spring Break is a couple days away so as timing would have it perhaps it was all good timing after all. I will paint and create like there is no tomorrow over spring break and see what comes of it, and business aside I will get back to the work of "Aldo."
Earlier in the day I had attended a session through school district work for Aboriginal Education Leadership. We were offered supplies to make a talking stick while the presenters spoke. I noticed people looking in the basket to predetermine their words for their talking stick. I looked away instead to let the word find me. My word tile had two sides - One side said "will" and the other side said "time," both true to my experience so far. Earlier this year when I made my first Mandala at a yoga centre workshop that experience also offered opportunity to choose a word. The word that day was "success." I don't use signs to guide my life, instead every word that has come to me this year I have chosen to resonate purposefully with where I am at and with what I am doing. Things seem to happen for reasons we do not understand - Our job it seems is to accept and work through them.
Decisions and the bottom line. Artists need to be resourceful - Resilient, and resourceful. The decisions we make determine success or failure. As I look to the resources of my local community now I have to make smart decisions...go for it, hold back, or redesign. One thing I have learned is to go back to the drawing board again and again until one design makes you smile from the inside out, and say "Yes!" That's it! That's the one! My logo has evolved, and then some more, even between yesterday and today. Each refinement has come with some inspired thought or unexpected insight but mostly progress comes from working it out over time. I inked the final version of the logo I will commit to being embroidered on the caps. I'll run the options by my "in house" marketing consultant once he rolls out of bed for school. If I get that instant "I like it" response that's all I need.
I did say that what started as documentation of my creative process as an artist was soon recognized as a holistic journey, since the life of an artist does not separate art, from life. They are interdependent. Change in one affects the other. Let me explain - It is not unusual for me to wait for a student to arrive to class, or wait for them to pay attention, or wait for them to disengage from their media to start "learning," but when I signed up for Instagram they were all there waiting for me. The were among my first followers. Some of them even showed up on a Sunday to support my effort on Instagram "live."
"So please ask yourself:
What would I do if I weren't afraid?
And then go do it."
- Sheryl Sandberg
An "art high five" from a student on Monday. They have outgrown me in some ways, but they still need what I have to offer...as long as I stay relevant.
Sunday was about more outside my comfort zone experience. There is no growth unless you are uncomfortable, or so it is said. I decided that I would do an Instagram "Live" session Sunday morning. Although I enjoy public speaking this was different. The biggest difference is not being able to see your audience as they are seeing you. You don't realize how beneficial it is to be able to read reactions of an audience seated in front of you until you don't have one. In a "live" IG session there is a resounding void when you ask a question, and pause to wait for an answer that doesn't come in a posted response on screen. However, it doesn't take long to adapt to the medium. You have to be comfortable with a moment or two of silence and be able to respond in the moment to your next move if there is a silent response to a direct question, and you also need to be able to think from the viewer's perspective of what they are seeing, and possibly thinking to keep engagement going for yourself as much as for them. An added benefit of doing the live session, even if you don't have a large audience to start with is that it comes with the opportunity to share the session on site which brings more "followers" who are also makers of creative content to "follow" and be inspired by.
Monday after work was for product development. My 16 year old seemed interested in the process and asked to come along. He took a marketing class last semester, but maybe he was just intrigued by what I was doing with all the time I have been putting into this. We had two stops at two businesses who's services I will need regarding product development. There are more steps to take before I can place anything in the online store but it is necessary to take time to do things right. I must weigh the cost of creating with the value I place on what I put in the online store. All of this is necessary in order to create art for some income as planned and yet ironically in the short term these practical considerations keep me from creating the art work. On Friday, I completed a painting for the store however, and I have two more in progress. On the way home the image of my logo for the apparel was taking a new form inspired by the music my son plugged in on the drive, our discussion on the way, and what I visualized after I had some product materials in my hand. These days I seem to have more ideas than time. It's all a matter of time, but a good problem to have.