A Few Lessons Learned from #The100DaysProject

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The 100 Days Project was an initiative for people to do/make something each day for one hundred days and share it on Instagram.

In my case, I resolved to make one 5″x5″ piece of artwork every day. Medium didn’t matter, end results only sort of mattered; making the time to do them and experimentation (and potential failure upon execution) were the focus.

LET THINGS GO
One of the biggest challenges was not adding commentary to each piece. I was rarely 100% satisfied with the end product, and the temptation to add a note like “that leaf should be about 1/2 inch longer, oh well,” or “don’t sneeze or this sculpture will fall apart!” was really tough! But letting the flaws through without explanation was important to me. So there are certainly rough parts, but I didn’t defend any of them. I sat down, I created it, and in the end it just was.

While there is obvious value in something turning out the way I want it to, there’s also value in happy mistakes – some pieces resonated with people, regardless of how I felt about them.

MAKE THE TIME
Some days it was hard to make the time to do the work. I wear many hats, and one of them is “mom” to an active toddler. Some days, it was 9pm, I’d had a glass of wine (aka “my creative process”) and I was tired… but I did the work any way. Other days, I was relieved to take out my supplies. In the end, creating something just for me in a quiet house became a calming, centering experience; even when I thought the piece didn’t “turn out” in the end.

INSPIRATION COMES FROM EVERYWHERE
My original intention was to mine the countless sketchbooks I’ve got laying around and do the projects I’ve jotted down or sketched on a whim. However, I found inspiration on walks with my dog or my daughter, the news, or in a song, subject, or sentiment I caught out in the wild. I found I felt more present throughout the day, since I was always looking for a prompt from my surroundings. That was an unexpected, but welcome side effect.

GIVE IT A TRY
Watercolor, acrylic, ink, pencil, thread, sculpture (wool! paper!), and more – anything was up for grabs as far as medium goes. I’m not experienced at any of it, so just trying it out was a big part of the project. I discovered that I liked some tools, didn’t like others, and had a varying level of skill among them, some of which could be improved upon (and some of which could not).

JUST GET IT DONE
In general, I’m a big fan of the slow burn for big projects. While this wasn’t the longest project like this I’d done, it was the most consistently productive, as well as the most visible.

TAKE A LOOK
You can see the product of the final 100-day-long project on Instagram. Or, if you’d like to see them in person, all 100 pieces created for this project will be up and available for purchase at Wildcard on July 30, from 6:00 – 9:00pm. We’ll have prints of some of the pieces, as well as drinks, cupcakes, and some good vibes.

The 100 Days Project was an incredible experience, and one that I will repeat again in the future.

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  1. I have to say, this was super fun to watch unfold. I’m so glad you were able to just share it without commentary, because each of the pieces were truly stunning. I hope that it helped get you out of your head when it comes to creating art as well. xo

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