Everyday on instagram a couple weeks ago I noticed a certain hashtag that kept popping up in a community of artists I follow. #the100dayproject. After doing some digging and slight stalking, I found the instagram of Elle Luna who started the hashtag. Its idea is to create for 100 days (at least that is how I took it). Starting off 12 days late I decided to join in on the fun!
I spent two weekends ago making twelve small paintings to catch up and have been making one or several a day since! It has really been fun for me to get back into the flow of making. Most of what I have been painting is not great, and I usually end up making a few because of that fact! I have not painted since Freshman year at MICA (4 years ago)! I went into school wanting to major in painting but found my groove in photo and fiber, so this project has been interesting to say the least.
Although I have been keeping up each day, I have not been too good about posting my small works on instagram. After listening to a podcast this morning, "Stuff mom never told you" I felt really inspired to show my paintings and not hesitate to post them. Cristen and Caroline (the podcast hosts) interviewed Ann Friedman. She said something that really stood out to me as an artist. "If your not talking about what your doing, it makes it harder to get more work." In context she was speaking about freelancing and more specifically writing, but I believe it can work for an artist too. I think it would be wise to post paintings every week, from that weeks group of paintings. I want to talk about what I am making, and what I was thinking. I want to say how I was feeling when I made them and what I learned in the process. It will be a good thing to make just to make, but also for a purpose.
I have a couple ideas of where to go next, but week one I focused on repainting the first batch of paintings. It was nice to hone in on specific ones that I thought had nicer composition. Sometimes repainting things over and over is brilliant because each time, you see something new! Maybe its not you seeing something new at all, maybe its a feeling, or a different song on the radio. Maybe the temperature is different or the lighting from the day before. Looking at the original and then at the new painting is fun because I can pay attention more to a different detail. Each painting is of and inspired by the same thing but they can look very different!
Last weekend I focused on a couple paintings for my mom for mothers day. She expressed interest in them except she is quite afraid of color! On her behalf I attempted some paintings with less color, but ended up adding it at the end! What can I say, I can't help it I am obsessed! The more color the better!
These last two weeks I learned how much I missed drawing and painting. It really brought me back to my early art days when I would stay up all night to finish a drawing of Tom Welling or David Beckham! I used to draw a face a day and hang them in my room. I am very happy to have brought out my old materials again and put them to use. It is quite relaxing, and I hope to keep pushing.