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.
I don’t know how your social media looks right now, but mine is off the rails. Facebook, specifically, but I see it in other places, too. There are anti-Trump folks who post something approximately every two minutes, pro-Trump folks who post approximately every two minutes, and those folks who posted non-stop politics before the inauguration who now post every ten minutes about being tired of politics and that’s why they’re sharing only funny things.
Creative activities aren’t all paint and attempts to be the next Picasso or Degas. They’re not all sonnets and novels and bestseller lists. Most of the time, they’re small, every day activities that get our right brains engaged.
I can’t remember the last time I had a sinus cold. In 2009, I had the flu for the second time in my life. Basically, I’m rarely sick. So I’m not sure why this cold and flu season has been so harsh.