As I mentioned in a previous post, I am participating in “The 100 Day Project“, so I am doing at least 10 minutes a day toward a creative project. It began 1/21, so I am 19 days in…out of 100. Wow. I am intimidated to be sure, but have also found a great deal of joy in this so far.
Yesterday I finally felt I accomplished something significant. I have been traveling around for years with a snapshot on my phone of a piece of art I felt was perfect for a client but at the time it was out of their budget. In my own home I have very little in the way of modern/abstract art, but this piece always stuck in the back of my mind. So I decided to try my own version of it!
I bought 2 used canvases from my local antique store for $5 each. I sprayed them with primer to cover the original artwork, which were pastel horse silhouettes. I sketched out the shapes similar to my inspiration piece & outlined them with black paint. The next day I played with the yellows and greens, the following day I started on the blues & then also re-did a few squares whose colors were not my favorites. As I have mentioned before, I tend to overthink things, to be a little too methodical even in creative projects. But in doing this, I lost myself temporarily. When I realized this, I can’t tell you how elated I was. The closest thing I can compare it to is meditation. I’m looking forward to this happening more in the remainder of my 100 days.
Another thing I am learning through this project is how much it takes to put your work “out there” for the world to see…and to judge. I thought of how many times I have walked through a museum, a gallery or a store and summarily dismissed a whole genre of art. I hadn’t given thought to the person who pored over the planning and execution of it. (It reminded me of seeing the Katy Perry movie which made me aware of what an artist goes through in all their non concert hours-weird comparison perhaps, but it’s true.) I don’t have an enormous motive with this, just telling you about my experience.
I am not sure where my new pieces will live, but they are making me happy even just sitting in my hallway. They remind me that just a mere 19 days in I found what I was looking for! Feeling hopeful for the rest of this wonderful journey!