Coffee at the right! I am ready to roll! The excitement of having a challenge is still here! I won’t let the voice saying, “Can you do this?” stick. I know I can, I have succeeded before with writing well. The important thing to feel is the “I can do this!” Like a hunger inside.
I will work on the instructional book with even more determination now because I will have direction/help from a seasoned writer who has taught this type of writing. She is from Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Her name is Laura Williams McCaffrey. I will look her up and see what she writes about.
The first thing is to get the manual to her, and then we take it from there. I have more writing to do and have asked if she would like to see what I have at this point. There will be a charge when the manual is done. When I accomplish this writing project I will have reached another milestone.
The importance of writing the manual is that Shibui Found Image Art will be made explainable for those who use it.
I did put a couple feelers out there to see if I can build interest within the art therapist community. I am a member of Alignable, which helps local businesses find and support one another. You can message and meet up. People share advice. I mentioned teaching the Shibui foundation work, and the art revenue purposes I propose for Anisette Studios and Shibui Found Image Art. It is quite the project, but I need people willing to come into the project. I need advice on what I can do to shape this. It may be at some point I can gain grant money. I have applied for a grant and entered a contest. If one keeps talking, they meet other people with ideas.
One example is I could put an exhibition together, and talk about Shibu Found Image Art, and I could invite my target groups to the event. Advertise it well, send brochures.
When you develop a project like this, you break it down and determine what comes first. You begin by working the idea out in a business journal. Write everything that you think of down. Creating questions helps. Ask and answer: Who, What, When, Where, How, and Why? This is a good start! Mine went something like this: Who do I want to use Shibui? What can Shibui do? And for who? Where do I want to take it? How do I introduce it? When will I launch it? Asking questions will generate more questions. And how you answer your own questions matters! Keep doubt out of your answers.
When you develop your ideas, you also ask this question: Where do I want to be in 3 years’ time? It might be 5 years? Or it may be less than 3 years. The point is to project ahead. With this, you write down what your dream is! Mine goes this way. (As an example.) The book is published, I am instructing locally and working with my target groups, who are facilities that use art therapies or all art to be taught. I am not alone in doing this, other local individuals are also doing this. Together we are helping people heal mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. At this time, people need help. And Shibui can do this! I want my teaching Shibui to others become an art-related business, and revenue stream for other people as well as myself. I believe we can do more with our art as artists! My dream is to help people realize this. It will require determination, goal setting, to bring it to fruition.
The reason I talk so much about the business end of art is that it is so vital that artists understand the roles they need to play. You can find art business coaches. The world is more open to being entrepreneurial. We can create art and use it in other ways. Being creative with an idea is very rewarding.
I can point people towards this idea of art being an entrepreneurial business. But the effort is uniquely theirs to do. It is up to each person to believe in themselves, to believe they can create something more. When you reach out to others and tell someone else what your dream is, those that say “Hey! that’s a great idea! Did you know this person might be interested or this person might help….might know about that! Being afraid of talking about your ideas and dreams gets you nowhere! There is nothing new under the sun. The world needs this! Perhaps I can be an example for others! That’s a good thing!