The 100 day project is coming to an end!

These days the 100 day project is coming to an end. The 31st ofJanuary was the starting day of the 100 day project – an international digital and free project inviting people around the world to take part in 100 days of creativity. The aim was to choose a personal creative project and dedicate each day a little span of time – something between 10 and 30 minutes – to this project. It was recommended to share the results with the internet community.

At the time when I learned about the project in January I was feeling very low and very uninspired. Probably I was exhausted from a very demanding year with all it’s threats and uncertainties caused by the pandemic and by quite some exhibitions I was taking part in or did organize myself. So my studio was deserted and nothing would motivate me to go in. I was hesitating to take part in this project – would I stand a project that took 100 days? Thats a very long time, more than three months! I decided to go for it, to be generous with myself and be content with what ever would come out of it. What did I have to loose?

The 100 day project starting logo

“Can you think of a better time for a reset, a better time to turn our collective attention away from doom scrolling and to something inherently positive, life and soul affirming?”

This was the  sentence that convinced me in the end! Nevertheless: very unexpectedly the project was a huge win for me! I am back in my studio with new ideas, plans and motivation! What more could I wish for?

As I said, I was generous with myself. I chose a project that was simple, feasible and I was sure, would give me pleasure. Color is my passion. The hashtag I chose for my project is  #100daysofcolourcardsandmore. 
( Meanwhile I learned that they are called color swatches :-))  Under this hashtag you find a lot of my results. 

Opening up for new experience and learning was so rewarding.

To make it short: I didn’t make the 100 days! I made it to day 75, my way. By day 75 the colors surrounding me did inspire me intensely. I started again with paintings. First I went for green and then for pink!!!

I did it my way

As I said, ” I did it my way” – allowing myself to leave out days but being constantly in the spirit of learning and discovering and not going for any result. That was probably one of my greatest wins. On days I didn’t have a lot of time or motivation it was easy to come back to the swing by doing just some swatches!

Starting with the colors swatches I decided to experiment with limited palettes, like ZORN and others. Reading a lot about color was another treat. The soft and harmonic swatches made with the Zorn palette fascinated me. But when I tried to use the colors for a painting I was not happy with this process. I learned (again): I am not a painter who can plan in advance, I have to go by the moment.

Mixing colors in advance will stop my energy. That brought me to more carefully examine the colors in my studio. Making an inventory of all the colors I literary have in the studio was a great discovery! It were so many and so beautiful ones! I didn’t count the tubes. The collection has been growing and growing as my way to collect the swatches became more and more elaborated – from a simple swatch out of the tube to examples how they looked tinted and shaded in different versions. I managed nearly all my colors. Grey, whites and turquoise are still waiting to be painted!

I made some little “excursions”. To get a change from the studio and my swatches I went back to sketching in the nature – wonderful experience but not nice for my back. For a while tiny artist books folded from one sheet of paper fascinated me . I loved the surprising compositions that emerged. Some were so fascinating that I tried to enlarge them on a huge canvas.

Experimenting, observing what happened and registration of what it meant to me were great lessons.

Being inspired again and back into a good energy is fantastic!

Energy came back by giving up expectations. Great lesson to learn not only for art. Inspiration was fueled by doing new things, having a change. But above all, the color swatches where my food for soul and energy – a project that I judged to be a very simple one and that inherited such a great reward for me!

Many color swatches in the 100 day project
Cat sleeping on swatches of the 100 day project
She loves what I do – I not always what she does

Now I am looking at color swatches covering my floor and every flat surface. This is great because just seeing them lifts my spirit and inspires me. They are a great help when painting and I want to choose just the right tone for the next brushstroke. A new series is coming into life. Can’t wait to go on with my paintings. You may see them at the FestiArte in Marbella end of July/Beginning of August! I hope we will meet there!

A seines of WPS‘s on the Wall -pink series

If you want to read more about the project push here: How to boost your creativity with the 100 day project!

And more push here..A key to break a stressful time.

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A key to break a stressful time

The 100 day project after 70 days

 

What I can say from the very beginning, after 50 days and now again after 70 days: Engaging in the 100 day project was my key to break a stressful time. I was exhausted from an intensive year and had lost all my motivation after having presented in exhibitions and after nearly a year in the pandemic. You will know what I am talking about.

Against my personal prediction I stayed in the 100 day project and it became key for not only breaking the mental stress but bringing new initiative and inspiration. The framework of my chosen project #100daysofcolourcardsandmore created a focus. Suddenly there was a thin but strong red threat to follow. It turned out to become a very enlightening and restful time in my studio.

5 Rows of colour swatches
Color swatches of the Zorn palette.

There could have been no better way to stay tuned and get some mental holiday in these demanding times. It turned out to be a kind of self-care time, slowing down, exploring in depth, not hurried by the next event to work for and not under self expectation to create the next fantastic work. I did so many other things and had (and still have) such an entertaining time!

To do simple, but pleasurable work, slow down, break routines, being open for new things was a key to break the stress and get inspired again.

I started the color swatches with a limited palette, the Zorn palette. It is incredible, how many colors you get from only two colors and black and white. In the end I made an inventory of all the colors I found in tubes and pigments in my studio! An incredible mass!
I read books – enjoyed very much the book from Brian Ruthenberg “Clear seeing place” and his videos which I highly can recommend. I did sketching in the nature, I learned how to make tiny artist booklets from one sheet of paper and I learned such a lot about color! And as I was in the learning mode, I even learned how to make home made rolls 🙂

My Hashtag #100daysofcolourcardsandmore, was wisely chosen to avoid too frustrating repetition and it was my door to explore other things as well. If you want to know, how it all started you can read it here ” How to boost your creativity with the 100 day project”. Maybe you are interested in how to start an abstract painting? You find it here!

Want to see some of my actions?

One of my new ways of doing was the experiment to scale up a painting from the tiny booklet to a really great painting. I liked so much the composition in the tiny booklet, so I made an experiment to scale it up. What do you think? I am not used to work with a model. So I don’t know yet, what to think about. To me it looks like a stranger.

First layers of a large diptych

What was the key to make it such a rewarding success for me?

Knowing myself well, I chose a very simple project – color swatches. I knew, that was feasible. I knew, I LOVE colors, they always give me pleasure. I was generous with myself and did my swatches many days, but not every day. I didn’t count the days. I have avoided a maybe interesting learning phase: frustration. If you do the very same thing so often, you will inevitably hit a frustration zone. I changed it to discovery, choosing 100 days of color cards AND MORE. So I was open for what was coming along the way and engage in many new things.

Would I do it again? I would!

I found out so much about my love for color and now live with many of them on the studio floor. Each time I enter the room, my heart leaps and I smile. I bathe in color. I also loved the part of the project that asks you to publish your activity. I like to communicate and show my work and I like to get reactions. A studio is sometimes a lonely place – of course not all that lonely because of my companion Prinzess Miez. But she is not really talkative concerning feedback – though very much when hungry.

I also appreciate…

three paintings evolved from this period, two I am very happy with, one – you saw the film – I don’t know yet, what to think about. But thats painters work. Try and fail, try again, fail again, try again, fail better and then succeed!

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