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.