Normally at this point in the year, I have a massive to-do list. I’ve carefully considered my goals for the year, broken the big goals into bite-sized monthly pieces, and then set up what I need to do each week to hit the monthly portion.
It’s been a while since I stopped listening to my instincts, trusting my intuition. I’ll take an art workshop that involves tuning in, but I fall back out of touch with my inner voice as soon as the course ends.
I’m not sure what the problem is, exactly, but everyone I talk to rates 2017 somewhere between “meh” and “horrible.” It just hasn’t been a favorite year for a lot of people. Admittedly, I’m one of those. Sort of.
The past week has been a bit hectic. I’ve managed to keep working on my 100 day project, but I haven’t gotten much creative time other than that. Some weeks are like that.
I’m marking the end of day 40, which actually feels a little strange. I’m 10 days from the halfway mark. On the one hand, it seems like day 100 is so far away, but, on the other, it’s right around the corner. The first 40 have both creeped and flown.
Working on the 100 day project this week has definitely been an exercise in patience. Granted, it’s an exercise that keeps paying off, but I’ve never been accused of being overly patient. There were dozens of “why won’t you just work this way?!” moments. Fortunately, they were followed by “wait…that’s even better” moments.
I’ve finished day 31 of my 100 day project, so I’m approximately one-third of the way through. I’ve started working with broad areas of color, rather than individual marks, to start making it less chaotic.
As I work on my 100 day project, I have started to realize how much the canvas reflects my world. Obviously, the abundance of layers is like everything in life, where there’s always something more beneath the surface. But it’s more than just the layers.
At this point, I’m 22 days into my 100 day project. It’s strange how difficult it is some days to just go with the flow and not worry about a finished product. Other days, everything just seems to come naturally, with all of the little pieces fitting together.
Because I have a tendency to overthink things, and think about everything all at once, I also have a tendency to lose focus. Worse than Shiny Object Syndrome, I chase after every loose thread and potential idea, technique, or subject.