My Journey : Thoughts on the 100 Day Project

If you, like me, are even the slightest bit involved in the creative community on instagram chances are you’ve heard of the 100 Day Project. Started by user @ellaluna, it’s a challenge that individuals take on and pursue a certain creative goal for a straight 100 days. Whether painting one’s dreams, creating unexpected patterns, or making art out of the security side of envelopes {all projects I have watched while other’s were pursuing them}, it’s about establishing new habits and pushing past creative blocks. 

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And I truly know it works for some people. In fact, I have seen amazing work from people who have taken this challenge and subsequently worked their asses off for 100 days.  

That being the case, it’s always intimidated me. It was only during a conversation with a fellow creative recently that the “why” was solidified.  

I shared that it taken me 40 minutes to draw the outline of a kale leaf. She commented that she thought it was beautiful and that she felt the crunch of needing to work faster all the time.  

 I said, “Well I’m glad I shared then. I think there’s a misconception that if you love something or are good at something you should be fast at it. I LOVE all the 100 day projects or “make art everyday” projects but I think it’s lead to the thought that an entire piece can be cranked out in a sliver of time. And I don’t think that’s real life for most of us. At least, that’s not real life for me.” I went on to say, “I’m learning that there’s nothing wrong with ‘being slow’. It just means I care about getting it right.” 

Some people {because of style or medium or personal preference} work fast and are able to finish 100 projects in 100 days. And they’re still are able to eat /sleep / shower / feed themselves or their dependents {insert whatever you most struggle with : I personally choose E •all of the above.•

I can’t do that.  

That doesn’t make me a failure of a person or a bad artist or any less of of an artist.  

And, if this is something that you can’t make happen, it doesn’t make you any of these things either. 

My current goal is to be an artist with a strong eye toward being realistic. {I’m so wonderfully Pisces that realism isn’t my strong suit... this is a legitimate struggle for me.} For me being realistic means that some days I won’t have any extra energy to give to my art because of some toddler meltdown and some days laundry won’t get done because it took me half an hour to decide what angle I wanted to draw of the above mentioned kale leaf. It means not degrading myself when things don’t go as I hoped and taking into account unexpected creative side roads and counting them as wins. 

Most of all, I’m working on being kind to myself and constantly choosing to continue becoming the person I want to be.  

And the main way I will do that is keep drawing 40 minutes, and one single leaf, at a time.