I participated in The 100 Days Project from July to October last year and to be quite honest, it was a bit of a creative breakthrough for me.
The 100 Days Project was created by Emma Rogan (from New Zealand, yay!) and it is a project that anyone, anywhere, any age, can participate in. There are only two rules:
1. You will repeat a simple creative task every day for the duration.
2. You will record each days effort.
The project is wonderfully simple, yet deceptively challenging.
Some people took a photo every day for 100 days, some people wrote a poem, some people did yoga poses; each project was as different as each individual taking part. I decided to do what I love best – draw.
I’d read about people who had done the project the previous year and the advice everyone gave was the same: KEEP IT SIMPLE, STUPID (K.I.S.S!). With this in mind, I decided I would keep my theme wide open, and draw whatever inspired me at the time. I drew and painted my pictures on size A5 paper and at the start it was going really well…until it wasn’t anymore.
I had an awful full-time job at the time which had ridiculously long hours and I was hardly ever home, let alone with enough time to draw. But I knew that would be the case when I started the project – I’d already accepted that. What I hadn’t accepted was that an A5 drawing/painting a day for 100 days was actually too much, it wasn’t simple at all!
In the end, even though I wasn’t able to reach Day 100, I did get to exhibit my work at the final 100 Day Show. Despite juggling my job and my art, I was so proud of myself for just trying to make my art a priority, for once. That and seeing my work at the final exhibition, on show for everyone to see – now that was an awesome feeling of achievement.
Here are my top favourites from my 100 Days Project 2014:
I felt so relieved once the project was over. It was so much harder than you’d think it would be.
But don’t worry, this won’t be the last you’ll see of me. I am coming back with a vengeance for this year’s 100 Days Project – I am determined to finish it once and for all!
On a side note, if you need inspiration for gifts, I made Christmas presents for my family by getting some of my drawings printed onto t-shirts and they loved them! (I got one for myself too, naturally).
If you want to know more about the project and its inception, here is Emma Rogan (the creator of The 100 Days Project) talking about it at a TEDx conference in Auckland. It’s a really good watch!
So, which was your favourite out of my drawings? Will you be participating in this year’s 100 Days Project too?