100 Day Art Project
When the stay-at-home orders from the governor started, I thought, “Now I will have some time to do the things that I have been wanting to do.” Since I work from home normally, it isn’t that much different. But I was thinking the rest of the world is going to have to slow down and I do not have to worry about doing so many things to try to catch up. I had great ideas about art experiments to try, studio cleaning and being very productive in the studio. A couple of months in, and none of that has happened! To remedy that, I committed to a 100 day art project.
I saw people talking online about the 100 Day Project starting on April 7th. I decided I would do it, too. I didn’t really have a plan, except that I would use one of the hard cover sketchbooks I like to use for travel journals as the place to work. And that I would do a sketch a day, with or without paint.
Thus far, I have started with a simple sketch of something I have seen. A few times I would draw “at the scene” and then take a picture to reference for painting. But mostly, I work directly from the photo.
Below is a composite of days 1-9.
I am using acrylic paint directly on my pages. It makes them wavy. Mostly, I have been using regular acrylic paint. I switched to open acrylic for a few days, but decided that I like the regular. The open paint requires a bit of a different way of working since it doesn’t dry as fast. It’s more like oil paint, I imagine.
My sketchbook page is about 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. It takes me about 3/4 of an hour to do each painting. I would like it to be a faster process, so I might switch gears during this 100 day art project and do something else. Today is day 35 and I have continued with the paint up to this time. We’ll see what happens from here.