The 100 Days project, requires participants to repeat one creative act in some way every day for 100 days from today, June 7th.
My project “Small acts of nature” is to paint one natural object from my environment every day in watercolour on a postcard. I am really interested to see what happens to my artwork when I dedicate time and resource to living the ‘small acts count’ doctrine.
So far the primary effect is that I have started painting furiously in advance. Cheating? Wise preparation? Let’s just call it inspiration shall we?
In reality I’ll be squeezing these pint sized masterpieces in between wrangling children, managing a house and meeting work deadlines. But so is everybody else, and to ensure I don’t feel too alone, I have bullied several of my friends into doing it too. Good luck, Suzy, Tracey and Helen as well as wise 100 Day veteran Sandra who is well ahead of us. Check them their fantastic projects. We figure if we don’t make it to the end, we’ll just have our own party. Win/win!
A further lovely effect of starting this project is a real hyperawareness of the changing season as we head into Autumn. The colours are just astounding at the moment. Having said that, I have started with a portrait of a banana which not only made me laugh but made my lunch – multifunctional!
Ultimately what I’d like to achieve is to get past perfectionism. The work doesn’t have to be perfect to be set free into the world. You’ve gotta know that this is a major obstacle for A-grade control freaks, but hey, I’m working on it!
Now, to work!