Since deciding four whole days into The 100 Day Project that I wanted to work on art and not the blog, I’ve been arty-busy. And that makes me stupid-happy! The past few days I’ve been really sick so I’m a couple days behind at the moment, but I’m looking forward to making up the loss as soon as I’m feeling better.
When I changed to an art theme, I said (on Instagram) that there would be painting, pencil drawings, and lots of Sharpies. Not untrue, but I my first love is painting so it has been my go-to thus far. Really I just want to make art a habit no matter what medium I use on any given day. Here are a few of my favorites so far:
Of these, the song quote on the top right garnered the most attention, because I hashtagged Brother Ali and he posted it to his Instagram gallery – whuuuuuut?! Supa cool; I was not expecting that. I’ve been a fan of his music for a long time and his new single, Own Light (What Hearts Are For) has been on repeat at our house (and in my head!) for weeks now. Trying out some handlettering with lyrics is always good, clean fun, and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Someone even asked me if I was selling it! (Nope, I’m not.)
This project has been really good for me and as of now it’s Day 24. It feels like waaaaaay longer, but not in a bad way. My hope is that I see my willingness to experiment increase with the days, as well as a more specific style emerge (other than using lots of bright colors). I’ve been putting all my work in plastic sleeves so that they can be tucked into a binder like a portfolio. I wouldn’t have had such a tactile, visible, chronological way to look at my progress if I’d stayed with my original blog idea, so knowing that I’ll have literally 100+ pieces of art to flip through when it’s over has me really excited.
And honestly, even if I weren’t doing this project myself it is SO energizing and inspiring seeing what others are working on. For real. I go on Instagram and it’s like…I. Can’t. Even. There is so much great art to be found out there. It’s such an awesome platform for creatives, even with its flaws, and I’m so glad to have found it not just for the eye candy, but also for the very human connections I’ve made with complete strangers all over the world. I’m kind of in love at the moment.
If you’re a creative soul who has maybe not been feeding that part of yourself lately but want to, get your butt on Instagram. I don’t wanna guarantee you’ll be inspired, but the chances are pretty damned good.