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Still in the game...just...!

It's day 65 of the 100 days project and the task I've set myself is to paint daily. 
Well, I almost have... I'm 2 days behind. 
So I've decided it's okay if I do a couple of separate painting sessions during the next couple of days, that will catch me up and I'll be on track again. Not precisely painting every day, and not precisely doing the project to the letter, but it's been a bit challenging in the past 10 days or so with a parent being in hospital and then myself getting a cold. 

The painting above is the one I'm working on at the moment...

This one I thought I had finished on day 40, then added the striped tablecloth and a couple of other details on day 57. 

And this one is waiting in the wings, under painting done, soon to be worked on gain.
Hope you're having a good week! Jill xx

Day 50!

I can't believe I've been painting everyday for 50 days as part of the 100 days project.
This is the 5th canvas I've painted while doing the project. I've still got a way to go before finishing it, but I'm enjoying the process. 

I found myself holding my breath while I was painting the pattern on the table cloth on this painting as a  way to make my hands steadier :)
Hope you all have a lovely week! Jill xx

Drying time...

I've spent most of my painting time this week doing the under painting of future paintings.
Had a bit of a learning curve when I bought a tube of zinc white instead of titanium white and had to scrub off a couple of days work. Who would have thought it would have made such a difference!?
Now I'm itching to get stuck in to paint more than these blocks of colours...pots, vases, plants?  I've been planning in my head where to go from here, but my plans seem to change daily.  So, we'll see...

These are part of the 100 days of painting project I'm doing. To see more take a look at the 100 days project website.  Cruise around a bit while you're there and look at some of the fabulous projects people from all around the world are doing.
Jill xx

Day 40, Hibiscus painting complete....

On Friday, I finished my fourth 100 days project painting, of a couple of small hibiscus branched placed in a mug. 



Last week it was looking a bit touch and go as to whether I continued doing the project. Those leaves seemed to take forever! ...and I was tired! :) 
Now that I'm back on track, I can really see the value of trying to do something for 100 days, through tiredness, through a lack of ideas, through boredom. I feel like I'm in training to have a bit of grit and stickablility. Here's hoping anyway!
So, crisis over for the moment and I've spent the last couple of days planning and doing the under painting for the backgrounds of my next couple of paintings.
57 days to go!
The project finishes on the 1st of September, the first day of spring. That means only 57 days of winter left too! Nice thought!
Jill xx

Day 31...100 days project...

I have finished my third painting while doing the 100 days project. The paintings I am doing are in oil and are painted on cotton canvases 35.5cm x 35.5cm.  Tonight, day 32, I begin another...
Jill xx

Just because...

I hope you have a lovely week! Jill xx

Coming along....slowly...

It's now day 27 of the 100 day project and my 3rd painting is slowly evolving. The shapes are mapped out, under painting done. I'll try to spend a bit more time on it this weekend.




Have a lovely weekend! Jillxx

Day 21 of the 100 days project....

Its day 21 of the 100 days project and I've finished two paintings and have some others on the go.
 It is a bit of an eye opener to me seeing what I can achieve by consistently painting day after day. Some days I have spent a couple of hours painting, and some days hardly any time at all, But even with limited time it is astonishing how quickly the work accumulates into a finished painting.
The other thing that I am finding really exciting about doing this project is how ideas are starting to flow as a consequence of focusing on painting to a much greater extent than I have for quite some time.
The following two pictures are the paintings I have finished so far...
And these are the 2 paintings I'm still working on...

Jill xx

Little, by little...

Step by step...

Day by day...

A painting...

emerges.

This year...

I'm really enjoying...

the 100 days project.
In a couple of days I think I'll finish this painting and will be concentrating on the next one. 
Jill xx

100 days of painting....

I'm doing the 100 days project again!

Already it's day 7 and I've finished a small painting.  This year I have decided to paint daily, even if it's just for a few minutes. It's all about developing a habit. 
If you'd like to see what other people are up to (there are 900 doing it this year!) take a look at the 100 days website... https://100daysproject.co.nz/explore.

The link to my page if you'd like to see my day by day progress is here.
Jill xx

Enjoying the sun before winter sets in....

I hope you're having a lovely day too! Jill xx

Geometric print...

Really pleased with my new screen... I printed with it for the first time this afternoon on some cotton voile... grey and white panels on black. 

 When the prints dry I'm going to make a scarf. 


 I hope you're having a lovely day! Jill xx

A new screen...

Enjoyable work... Today I completed the hand painting of a new screen for screen printing.  Tomorrow I'll print some fabric to test it out.


Jill xx

Designing...

Not quite sure where this is heading...

Jill xx

Zinnias...

It's a rainy Sunday, perfect for putting black pen to paper and drawing.... Jill xx

The last of this seasons zinnias....

I picked the last of the zinnias this afternoon.
 Just stunning with their ring of yellow. Perhaps the inspiration for a future design....


Jill xx

Three vases...

Yesterday, (Sunday afternoon) was spent painting...
Jill xx

Canva....

It's getting late in the evening,,,, and I've spent hours and hours today experimenting on a graphic design software called Canva. So, a big thank you to my friend who introduced me to the site yesterday!! We'll see where this leads :)
Here are some photos of some of the banners and business card designs I have mocked up and am considering. I seem to have become fixated with this particular shade of green!



Jill xx

The week...

Last weekend I decided that I really needed to refocus my attention on the creative side of my life, and realized that what I need is a creative adventure...
 So, everyday this week I have shown up in this space, sometimes extremely hesitantly...
Big picture...I'm keen, excited, inspired to be in my studio...making...designing...
Smaller picture....I'm a bit lost...flitting from task to task, hoping my mojo will come back soon.
This sounds like a problem, but I know from past experience that eventually something will click, new ideas will come and energize me into action and I'll be away again.
I love that feeling when inspiration strikes and it's remembering the joy of that feeling that has kept me plodding along and doing the work this week.

Jill xx

Doodling...

A bit tired tonight.  Managed to give my coasters another coat of varnish and doodled a little in my sketchbook while I watched a TV programme about the castles of England. 
Good night :)
Jill xx