The 100 Day Project – Days 89 to 100

October 11, 2021
The 100 Day Project

The 100 Day Project


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 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 now here we are over 3 months later and I have completed the project!  I’ll say more about how I’m feeling now at the end of the post.  For now, here’s days 89 to 100.

Day 89

The 100 Day Project

Day 89 – Spring Gardening Time

Day 90

The 100 Day Project

Day 90 – Kasey Koala

Day 91

The 100 Day Project

Day 91 – Cute Cottage

Day 92

The 100 Day Project

Day 92 – Madam Chook & her Chicks

Day 93

The 100 Day Project

Day 93 – Pink Lady

Day 94

The 100 Day Project

Day 94 – Daisies

Day 95

The 100 Day Project

Day 95 – Teacup & Saucer

Day 96

The 100 Day Project

Day 96 – The Outpost Cafe (Canungra, Qld)

On this day ‘The Tennis Player’ and myself went on a bit of a road trip. It was a Monday and a public holiday here in Queensland for the Queen’s Birthday. We just wanted to escape suburbia and see a bit of countryside, without having to travel too far and long. So we drove to Boonah (stopped in at Flavours Cafe for a coffee and look around) and Canungra and went through Beaudesert and Jimboomba (didn’t stop). I bought some delicious apple cupcakes at a bakery at Canungra and we stopped in at Mum’s for coffee and to eat them before heading home.  So I arrived home quite late in the day, probably around 5pm’ish and I was tired. It had been a long and very unusually hot October day – 36.6 degrees celcius!  I still had to draw/paint something!  I decided to do a quick (and very rough!) sketch and paint of where we had lunch at Canungra – The Outpost Cafe – famous for their homemade pies which I can vouch for – delicious! 

Day 97

The 100 Day Project

Day 97 – Inside my head

Today was the first day back at Art Mentoring Class with Studio Yellow after a three week break. Today we painted some pages of paper in preparation for future projects. This was a lot of fun! We used acrylic paints and old credit cards. Squirt a couple of colours on (not too much) and spread and mix with a credit card. Scrape firmly so you spread thinly and it dries faster. We were also familiarised with ‘Gesso’. Here’s a Wikipedia explanation of what Gesso is:  “Gesso is a white paint mixture consisting of a binder mixed with chalk, gypsum, pigment, or any combination of these. It is used in painting as a preparation for any number of substrates such as wood panels, canvas and sculpture as a base for paint and other materials that are applied over it.”  We put some Gesso on a couple of pages to use and experiment with later.  After this we used one of our credit card painted pages to do a collage depicting our thoughts and feelings. This is what you see pictured above. Whilst collage is not my passion, I quite enjoyed it this time.

Day 98

The 100 Day Project

Day 98 – Benny the Boxer

Day 99

The 100 Day Project

Day 99 – Lighthouse

Day 100

The 100 Day Project

Day 100 – Self Portrait

On this day I still hadn’t decided what I was going to do for the final creation. I went out and got my nails done in the morning and thought it over. I eventually decided to finish with a hard one. I didn’t want to finish with an easy half hearted effort, so I decided to do a self portrait. Portraiture is HARD, and I have very little experience with it! It’s especially hard when you need to get it done in a day or in my case, less than half a day! For this reason, I decided to use a mixture of ink and watercolour to help  me achieve a reasonably finished look within the few hours I did this within. I used the photo of myself that I use here on the blog. You can see it here on my ‘About Me’ page. I would like to try this again one day when I have plenty of time to take with it!

How I’m feeling and what I’m noticing?

  • I’m feeling relief, tinged with a little sadness. I’m so relieved the pressure to produce and post every day is no longer there. I’m sad because this project showed me what I can do, what I like to do, what I don’t like to do, what I’m good at, and much more, and I will kinda miss it!
  • I’m feeling exhausted and in desperate need for some digital detox time. I need time away from the blog and social media. I guess I basically just need a holiday and definitely much more time in nature!
  • I’m looking forward to having more time now to think about where to from here with my art, the blog, everything.
  • I’m needing to get my focus back on my health – less snacking, more movement, health checks etc.
  • I’m proud that I stuck with it and finished the project and proud of what I managed to produce in the process. I truly didn’t know I could do what I’ve been doing!
  • I’m touched by the people that followed along so faithfully and encouraged and supported me and said the kindest things! Never underestimate the impact of a kind word. It’s a wonderful thing.
  • I’m looking forward to learning more so that I have a clearer vision of the way forward. I’ve researched a little how best I could digitise my work to make prints (only the ones I think are worthy) rather than paying lots of $$$’s to a photographer who specialises in that to do it. 
  • First though, I really need a break. I’m feeling a little tired and rundown. The world these days is exhausting don’t you agree?

So there you go, WOTM’s The 100 Day Project is all over red rover!  Thank you to those who followed along and who were so supportive, encouraging and kind.  I’ve had some wonderful comments on my last post of this project and I truly do appreciate them all so much. You can see them here on Facebook and here on Instagram. I think I’ve found my thing and that is very exciting indeed. There’s been a few of you who have expressed that you’ll miss my daily art when it stops. Don’t worry – after a bit of a break I’ll be back creating art and sharing it, just without the self imposed pressure to do so every day. You’ll be seeing more!

Ciao for now,

 

Linking up with Denyse Whelan for #LifeThisWeek

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16 Comments

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee October 11, 2021 at 6:24 am

    Well done! I reckon if you take a break, you’ll find you miss it and get back to it. Maybe not as frenetically, but still frequent. Also wanted to say the copy of your head shot is fantastic. The eyes especially. #Lifethisweek

    • Reply Min October 12, 2021 at 3:14 pm

      Thanks Lydia! I miss it already but don’t miss the pressure to produce something every day. I did some art today at art class and really enjoyed it. Thanks for the compliment on the self portrait. It was a bit of a rush job but not too bad for being done in such a short time frame!

  • Reply Debbie Harris October 11, 2021 at 6:57 am

    Huge congrats Min, you’ve done so well to stick with it and you really are very talented, as I’ve said before. I appreciate your reflections on the project and can imagine you need a break. Your portrait on the last day is so good, especially considering you say you did it in half a day, so lovely!! #lifethisweek

    • Reply Min October 12, 2021 at 3:15 pm

      Thanks so much Deb. I really do need a break. Not really a break though because I have heaps of other stuff that has been neglected so I could do the art every day … so I’ll be busy catching up on other stuff.

  • Reply Natalie October 11, 2021 at 8:00 am

    Congratulations, Min, on completing your 100 day project! It’s a huge achievement. Take time out to rest and recharge. Thank you for sharing your beautiful art work with us. #lifethisweek

    • Reply Min October 12, 2021 at 3:16 pm

      Thank you Natalie. I appreciate your support and kind words. I will certainly enjoy a bit of a rest and recharge time!

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au October 11, 2021 at 10:26 am

    You did amazingly well to complete a project every single day for more than three months – I’m not surprised that you’re a little over it all for now. Taking a break from being online so much is also a good thing – being outdoors now the weather is improving, reading, doing art for fun, socialising – are all very good ways to recalibrate in anticipation of your next project. xx

    • Reply Min October 12, 2021 at 3:18 pm

      Thanks Leanne! Now that I’ve stopped I can feel that I’m a bit exhausted and run down so I need to take things easy for a bit whilst trying to catch up on other things. I’ll be back doing art again soon though. I really do need a break from all things online though – I just feel drained by it all at the moment. xo

  • Reply Joanne Tracey October 11, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    Enjoy your break, but I for one have loved following along with this project and look forward to seeing what you create next!

    • Reply Min October 12, 2021 at 3:19 pm

      Thanks so much Jo. I’m so relieved that some people have enjoyed my art!

  • Reply sherry October 11, 2021 at 4:42 pm

    i love all your artwork. i am a big fan of ink and watercolour. i think we’ve been to that cafe in canungra. that’s a good drive thru there.
    cheers
    sherry

    • Reply Min October 12, 2021 at 3:20 pm

      Thanks so much Sherry! Yes it was a lovely drive that day. Shame we picked the freaky October heatwave day to do it though! lol

  • Reply Christine October 13, 2021 at 7:48 am

    You’ve uncovered a great artistic talent there! Well done. I do a lot of creative things – photography and writing in particular – but I must say I wouldn’t enjoy the constrains of a 100 day project. Great stamina to get through that. What’s next?

  • Reply Denyse Whelan October 13, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    It’s been huge, and rewarding and tiring and you have questioned yourself…but look at the outcomes and how much you learned about yourself as you went along.

    Now the time in between is for reflection…and maybe what’s next but also maybe ‘nothing is next’….

    Well-done, Min. You are very hard on yourself and a more objective person (aka me and many others) would say you have quite the gift and go have fun with it!

    Thank you for linking up for #LifeThisWeek. Your post is a welcomed contribution to the community. Next week, the optional prompt is Self Care Stories. Instead, for me, I am doing a Wrap Part One of Women of Courage stories. I hope to see you next week too. Denyse.

  • Reply Kirstin October 14, 2021 at 11:20 am

    Wow. I love all of these. They are amazing!!! THank you so much for sharing but I definitely see where it can be tiring. But you are very talented!!

  • Reply Leslie Susan Clingan October 19, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    Like all of my friends above, I am just in awe. First that you were able to stick with this huge undertaking for 100 days. When I did my 100 Day Project, I worked on it one day then had a day or two off. But completed it in 100 days. This was just an incredible feat!! And your art is absolutely beautiful. That pup is so well done. So realistic, with one of “the tennis player’s’ balls, I see. Love your final work. The tea cup!! I really really really want to try water color again. I just can’t seem to be able to make time for everything I want to do.

    Big hugs of congratulations on a job well done. I look forward to seeing where you go from here!! XO

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