Challenges – My 8 day Instagram Challenge
Challenges are an interesting phenomenon. Last week I took part in an eight day Instagram Challenge which was called the #abundantartshow. The challenge was to try and sell something online within eight days. It had some interesting results for me, for although I didn’t sell any work in that time I realised that I still had a lot of pieces in the sales process that needed attention.
It was the first time I had taken part in such a challenge. I think I have always been reluctant to enter challenges in the past because of a fear that I wouldn’t succeed even completing the challenge. However what I found from this challenge was that I was pushed to do things I might not have thought of doing previously. It also made me think about the process of selling art in a different light.
Another benefit received was that of attracting more followers to my Instagram account and gaining more social interaction generally around the works. One of the things we had to do during the challenge was to present our work in a different way. Since I am doing a series about refugees, I decided to post one of my paintings on a bombed out building, similar to the one you might have seen in my post a couple of weeks ago – Freedom and Art – The Art of Freedom
Below is my image, using last week’s post image.
This is not something I would have come up with on my own without a prompt to nudge me in a different direction. So I would say one of the greatest benefits of challenges is that we force ourselves to extend beyond our paradigm, beyond our safe and secure comfort zone. We are pushed into extending beyond our limiting beliefs of what we currently think is achievable for us.
This Weeks Question: What challenges have you been involved in and how did they benefit you? I would love to hear your experiences…. Please Share…..
Look For Next Week’s Post: A look at what’s coming up next in the studio.