The 100 Day Project – Background Information
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’s 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 quite sketch heavy, however along the way I fell in love with drawing in ink and adding some watercolour so it’s kinda gone that way now. I’ll go with the flow and see where it takes me.
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 also share how I’m feeling and what I’m noticing in each post.
I’ve now passed HALF WAY!
Here’s the round up posts already published if you haven’t seen them:
and here’s days 47 to 60.
I specifically drew Orangutans on this day because it happened to be International Orangutan Day.
I’ve been using up heaps of watercolour paper doing this project and it’s expensive so I decided to tear an A4 page of watercolour paper into six and start doing some mini paintings occasionally. It will be a lot more economical and also save me some time.
How I’m feeling and what I’m noticing?
- I’ve struggled a bit during this period. I’m not wanting to be a negative Nelly – just honest. My mood & energy has been in a bit of a slump. I think it’s the drain of the whole Covid situation here in Australia, what’s happening in Afghanistan and the devastation in Haiti, etc. So much bad news! There’s also been the passing of another friend from cancer and some worries that have been weighing me down. I still have two kidults living at home too, so it’s quite a busy household to run around here still. This is why I wrote a post last week announcing that I’d be reducing how often I post here on the blog for a while. My energy has been low and fitting in some creativity each day has been possible but I’m not getting much done around the house! lol
- On days that I have art mentoring class (Tuesdays), I use what I did in class that day as my creativity for the day, regardless of whether it’s any good or not. Class goes for 2 hours but we usually only get around 1 hour to create. Sometimes I finish it off once I’m home if I have the right equipment/supplies, etc.
- I’m not loving what I’m producing so much lately. I think it’s because of how I’ve been feeling and that is reflected in what I’ve produced. I like what I create much better when I’m relaxed and time is not an issue.
- Having said that point above though, I have to give myself credit for what I have produced in limited time, and having to produce something every day is teaching me a lot!
- I’ve noticed I can overwork the watercolour element to my ink drawings. I always seem to want it to look exactly like the photograph I have used as inspiration but on reflection I think it often (not always) would be nicer to do a lighter wash and allow for more negative space. Poetic licence – that’s something I need to get better at.
- As you’d have seen, I’ve decided to start doing some mini-paintings to be more economical and to save time too (more about this written after day 59).
- I’m realising that it is impossible to produce perfection/good quality art when you’re pumping out something every day. I need to relax, lighten the expectations on myself and stop worrying so much about what other people might think. Again, good lessons here too.
No blog post next week but I’ll be back the week after with Days 61 to 74.
Wherever you are in the world, please take care of yourself and stay safe.
Ciao for now,
Linking up with Denyse Whelan for #LifeThisWeek