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.
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!
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.
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