Know that feeling when you’re disconnected and lost? No? Well, honey, I sure do. After several years of being squashed into submission by illness and brain fog, I’m ready to make art again. Really.

(watercolors and gouache)

The energy and desire is present and accounted for. Problem is, I’m not exactly sure where to go. What to do.

Medium. I’ve used watercolor for what seems like forever. Truly love it. I dabble in gouache (Ever dabble in gouache? It’s a blast.) Oil? Once or twice but I’m a huge chicken. Acrylics? Meh, in my mind it’s good for backgrounds and not much else. Printmaking? LOVE printmaking.

Subject matter. Do I paint house portraits? I do love to paint homes. Land? That could work. Still life? Possibly. People and pet portraits? Horror. Been there. Done that.

Do I paint on paper or wood? Does it really matter?

Problem. I am all over the map, folks. AKA, a serious lack of focus.

Remedy. I’m dipping my toes everywhere. For 100 days. Maybe more. Might be dangerous. I don’t know. But I’m willing to get to the bottom of it.

(gouache)

I’m diving into the 100DayProject. Heard of it? It’s a creativity challenge that requires one thing a day, every day for 100 days. It’s popping up all over Instagram. Create your own theme – mine is #ExploreCreativity. Then you commit. It’s that simple. If you miss a day, I’m pretty sure the 100DayProject police won’t do a thing.

(gouache)

(gouache and acrylics)

Fingers crossed.

Have you been stuck? Stuck now? Are you currently participating in the #The100DayProject? I’d love to hear your story.

Follow along on Instagram.

 

 

3 Comments

  • Lori, I have heard of this project, and I think you have the absolute best idea (Explore Creativity). This leaves it “wide open,” and you can try all types of things. Just my opinion, but I am guessing the “all over the place” you describe is quite simply that you are finally feeling better, and realizing just how many things are possible for you. I am THRILLED FOR YOU and I hope that you will share your 100 days work here.

    • I had thought, as well, that it may be a good sign that I’m on the mend and my energy level is back up to stay (hopefully). Thanks for the encouraging words. And YES, I decided on #explorecreativity because I NEEDED to leave it wide open to include every aspect. Otherwise I’d probably not be able to finish.

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