Looking Back, Looking Ahead
Four years ago I committed to participating in a 100 Day Project hosted by Marquette Michigan Artist Ann Russ. (If you have never heard of this you can read about it here). At the time I was already living on the road for months with my husband and pets and was absorbing inspiration from many environments and experiences. This commitment helped me realize a new creative potential even while traveling.
I didn’t set out to make a new work everyday, I only set aside time each day to work. I chose to work small, for obvious reasons, on 6 x 8 paper. I made no constraints with medium or subject. I made daily entries into a blog post that I posted weekly with photos of that weeks progress. I took the photos of my work wherever we were. One week I worked at the Sailing Stones in Death Valley and another week on the Pacific Coast. I started in the desert near Phoenix and ended at home during the Covid shutdown.
It was through doing the daily practice that I found the direction I wanted to take my artwork. Prior to that I flitted from medium to medium.
Post-project I had a clearer understanding of the importance of textures and representational forms. I found a way to explore both together. I built on this foundation for four years, a new body of work, that reflects me as an artist.
Now, with the cold indifference of old man winter coming, we are staying home this year. I believe a new project would be a healthy way to pass the long, dark winter in the Upper Peninsula.
Without a host I’m on my own for accountability.
I have asked my husband, Kurt, to join me in this venture. We begin on my birthday. October 30.
My project will be 100 Days + 50 to see us through the winter. Join us anytime you wish. I will be taking my camera out for daily walks and printing the results on 6 x 8 paper to play with. 6 x 8 to match the rest of my mixed media works on paper. We’ll see where it goes and I will, as always, document the process▪️