On 30 June I announced my plan to do a #The100DayProject – starting on 1 July, and explained a bit about what that is. For me, it is a plan to do something (anything) creative for 100 days.
As it turns out, my art group decided to do a 30 day sketching challenge during July, so the beginning of my 100 Day Project was likely to be very sketch heavy, however I’ve fallen in love with drawing in ink and adding some watercolour so it’s kinda gone that way a bit!
I decided I’ll do a ’round up post’ once a fortnight for the duration of my #WOTMThe100DayProject to share the creativity I’ve done for that period and I’ll also share how I’m feeling and what I’m noticing in each post. The first round up post covers Day 1 to 18.
So let’s have a look at Days 19 to 32, though you’ve already seen a glimpse in the image above!
On 13 July I lost a long-time friend to cancer – Denise. We used to work together back in the early 80’s. I’ve known her since I was 18. We caught up regularly for lunch. On the morning of the celebration of her life I drew this and popped it into a frame (see it at this post on FB) and gave it to her husband and daughters. I’ll miss her so much.
How I’m feeling and what I’m noticing?
- I’m still loving the ink and watercolours but finding it very hard to produce quality drawings every day (it’s very time consuming), so I think I’ll need to break it up with quick and easy things in between to give myself a bit of a break and so that the quality doesn’t drop due to exhaustion!
- I feel that I’m too heavy handed with the watercolours – so need to be more mindful to paint lighter and more translucently on the ink drawings etc.
- I can feel my inner critic rearing it’s head all the time. I pick every piece I do to bits and it’s very draining. Being a perfectionist is exhausting!
- I am amazed though at how easily I can glance at a photograph of an animal and translate that into a drawing. I will give myself that!
- I had my second AstraZeneca jab on Wednesday 28 July (day 28 of this challenge) and was fine until Friday night and Saturday when I didn’t sleep well, had some aches and a temp (nothing too bad). Feeling tired still but much better at the time of typing this (Sunday).
- I’m loving the journey that art is taking me on. I thoroughly enjoy my art group’s monthly coffee mornings where I meet up with like-minded women and am so inspired by their talent and enthusiasm. Luckily we got our July meet up in before lockdown (from 4pm Saturday).
What do you think I should call Day 22’s Kookaburra? I’d love to hear suggestions!
Wherever you are in the world, please take care of yourself and stay safe.
Ciao for now,
Linking up with Denyse Whelan for #LifeThisWeek