Yes, I’m quietly excited to join this beautiful band wagon for the first time. For newbies, this is a free initiative that hangs off a hashtag #The100DayProject Effectively, it’s become one great big happy online art community now in its ninth year.
The next round starts Sunday February 13, 2022.
I’ve decided to give it a whirl in the full knowledge that I might not make it to day 100… But, however far I make it, there will be developments and insights well worth having. Other artists talk candidly about this. They mention pride and surprise at just how much self discovery they gained, as well as self-compassion (no beating yourself up if you don’t go the full mile).
There’s plenty of advice out there about what sort of project works – from pulling a Tarot card every day to drawing from a found image in a daily newspaper. Just make it something that’s easy, affordable and doable in 10 minutes or so.
My aim is to create a “snap swatch” of 100 paintings I love from my collection of art books. What is a snap swatch, I hear you cry? It’s both a snapshot of mark making and a colour swatch response to a pre-existing artwork. It will help me investigate what I love in art, what colours I’m drawn to, and how the values and distribution of those colours balance out. So this is a speedy learning activity, playfully so – and I will create my own mini abstract artwork in mixed media each day, along with short notes in my studio journal.
Does that sound juicy to you?
You can follow my journey on @helenarthurart and I will use the hashtag #100snapswatches on the reels and posts I add to my Instagram and Facebook feed.
See you on the interweb… xx