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.
Here’s the round up posts already published if you haven’t seen them:
and here’s days 75 to 88.
I had been to an all day workshop today with an established artist on watercolour portraiture. I have never done portraiture before and it is not easy let me tell you (especially with watercolour)! It was a fun day but I didn’t get my portrait finished. With watercolours you need to work in layers (letting each layer dry) starting light and working towards the darker bits in the latter layers. I needed to do another layer or two of the darker parts and to fine tune bits here and there. So as I’d been out creating all day and was exhausted, I didn’t want to create something else to post so instead decided on a snippet of my WIP (work in progress) from the day.
I had planned on posting my completed portrait on this day but had a bit of a disaster happen. My portrait was on an easel and someone (I won’t name and shame haha!) came in through a nearby door and with them came a gust of wind (it was a really windy day) which blew my portrait off the easel and onto nearby paint pallets. There was lots of unwanted paint on the face!! I tried to carefully remove it but ended up with ugly smudges and many more splotches to yet remove. I could feel my stress levels rising so decided there was no fixing it and it would be best for me to abandon it and move on. I posted my portrait in my Instagram stories (with splotches on the face) as it did show promise and I had worked on it again all that morning so it was so disappointing to have all that work ruined. Ultimately though, these things happen and I had to move on. So Clara the Cow stepped in and saved the day!
Decided to try something different. If you look at Day 83 you’ll understand how much restraint this required. I think I need to do another version of this that is more ‘Minified’ – in other words – more pots of flowers and nature about! I do like this simple uncluttered version though.
This scene brings back some really happy childhood memories for me. Must admit my dodgy eyes struggled to ‘see’ to do their tiny little faces and so they are very wonky looking but it captures the memory I was going for. Note to self – must go to Optometrist!
Since I took the above photograph of ‘Millie Maltese’ I’ve added in a line to separate wall from floor and added a bit more detail. I haven’t had time though to re-photograph her in time to get this post published early on Monday morning. She was done in a bit of a rush – in fact the paint was still wet when the above photo was taken. Also, I’ve got a soft spot for Maltese. You can find out why at my Instagram or Facebook post for Day 87.
Today was a Sunday and I visit my Mum for the day on Sunday’s. I didn’t get home till 5pm and was tired so I was trying to think of something quick I could do for Day 88. I thought this cartoon face expressed how I was feeling about having to be creative after a long day out when I just wanted dinner and a bit of chill out time in front of the TV. Got something done, so good on me!
How I’m feeling and what I’m noticing?
- I am starting to feel tired from the pressure to produce something every day, even though I’ve loved it and learnt so much about myself in the process.
- I’m well aware that the ‘pressure’ is something I create for myself. I want to produce quality and feel disappointed in myself when I’m too tired or lack the time for quality.
- I’m looking forward to this project ending not only to alleviate that pressure but also so that I have more time and headspace then to focus on ‘where to from here’ and to get some stuff done around the house that has been neglected!
- I bought a heap of different sized frames and have framed up some of my pieces and gee they look good. I’m pretty pleased with myself!
- I feel a shift within me. You know those phases of life where you feel change, a shift in what you enjoy doing and priorities, a reassessment?
- 12 more days to go!
I’ll be back next Monday with my third quarterly Taking Stock post and the Monday after that will be my final round up post for my The 100 Day Project!
Wherever you are in the world, please take care of yourself and stay safe.
Ciao for now,
Linking up with Denyse Whelan for #LifeThisWeek