As a participant in the 100 days project you choose something to do everyday for 100 days.
This is the third year I've participated and this time I've entitled my project "Draw, print, paint"...basically because I had trouble deciding what I wanted to do!
I think I read that about 1700 people are taking part this year!
Today I tried painting with oils for the first time in decades. I bought a cheap pack of oil paints earlier today as I've wanted to try using oils for a while, and want this project to be about being a bit courageous and trying new things.
Right now I'm feeling a bit flat and lacking motivation.
I've just been through a period of feeling really creative, masses of ideas and lots of energy. When I'm like that I just want to work all the time. Then gradually I get more and more tired, until I need to stop.
So I stopped.
And now I'm in that stage of wanting to get going again.
I think it's the hardest part of the creative cycle.
Over the years I've developed a few strategies to get past particular phase. The first thing is to recognize that it is just part of my creative cycle. Often it takes me ages to cotton on to this and that makes it much harder to move through it.
Something else I do is to write my daily morning pages (3 pages of longhand stream of consciousness writing) as prescribed by Julia Cameron in her wonderful book The Artist's Way. So I did them this morning and already feel a bit better. I wish I could be more consistent in doing them!
Making sure I eat well and get enough sleep is another must do.
And finally I need lots of quiet time in the studio to get my bearings again, to just do some gentle making of things I know how to do, to open the door gently so inspiration knows I'm back and would welcome a visit!
So this afternoon I'm going to sew another makeup purse. I have a couple printed and cut out, just needing to be sewn.
If you have any tips on how you get going again, I'd love to hear them.
I've been printing on pine this afternoon. These will eventually (over the weekend perhaps), become teapot stands.
I've just been on Facebook and there was a post saying that the 100 days project is starting again on August 24. I've been involved in doing this twice before and you can see what I have done previously here and here. The hundred days project is about choosing something creative that you want to do and then doing that for 100 days. If you are interested in doing a project yourself go to the official website http://100daysproject.co.nz/. Once you sign up you get a page of your own where you get to photograph what you accomplish daily. It's great if you want to immerse yourself in something creative for a while or want to get into the practice of living more creatively on a daily basis. I loved doing it past years, but have to admit I didn't complete the 100 days.
I'd love to get into the habit of taking my sketchbook everywhere...
I know it's the constant drawing, looking, doing, thinking...on a daily basis that brings new ideas.
So, in the last week I took my sketch book with me when I gardened, and I managed a few quick doodles and sketches during my lunch breaks.
They're very rough, and sometimes I just wasn't in the mood...
I earn most of my living from gardening and at times I don't manage to get to the studio enough in a week to keep a feeling of continuity and focus with what I'm trying to do there. But in this past week, by sketching during a few of my breaks, I was able to feel like I was still a fabric designer, even though at that time I had my gardeners hat on.
So, next week my sketch book is going to be with me on the job again, and hopefully it turns into a habit.
Today I was rained out from a gardening job, so have spent a delicious day listening to podcasts while hand painting some fabric and updating this blog.I just adore these unexpected bonus days in the studio!
It's been a while since I used a lot of color in my designs.
Enjoying a small break from monochrome!
I'm also enjoying hand painting these designs. It feels like I am revisiting something I did years ago when I did a lot of batik, applying the designs with wax and hand painting the dye to make silk scarves. Wow, that was a while ago! Last century :)
Today my task in the studio is to heat set the printing I did yesterday and start hand painting them. Eventually these bits of fabric will be made into cards similar to those I made over the weekend and blogged about here and here and here. So enough photos of roses for the time being! :) I don't want to bore you too much!
So I thought I'd share some photos I took over the weekend when I went with some friends to visit the Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens north of Auckland.
For any of you living or travelling in the Auckland region, I highly recommend visiting the gardens. The sculptures change yearly, in December, so I am going to make a make sure I make an effort to get there each year.
There are masses more sculptures to see, but I don't want to spoil it for you if you do manage get there.
As you can see, the gardens are lovely. There is also a short bush walk, beyond the sculpture trail and on Saturday when we walked it we were lucky enough to see fantails, wood pigeons and tuis.