So far I'm enjoying myself and liking most of the art that I'm making. I'm pretty familiar with the ebb and flow of this kind of long term project and I understand that sometimes I'm happy to spend several hours in the day working on a piece and some days I'm painting something quickly right before midnight because I'm unmotivated and some days I just don't have time to get anything but the bare minimum done. As I've whined about all over Instagram, this past week was an incredibly busy/stressful work week for me and I was worried about having the time/energy to devote to painting, but I managed to keep up with it and actually painted something I loved on my busiest day, Friday. I'm going through a bunch of life changes these days that will probably keep me very busy, but I think that if I could stick with painting during the past week then I shouldn't have a problem keeping the momentum going for the rest of the 100 days.
Quite a bit of the work that I've produced so far has been abstract, which is unusual for me. I think that anyone who makes art will tell you that creating abstract art is so much more difficult than it looks. I can write a whole post about this if anyone is interested, but it takes a lot of work and skill to get the balance and composition right on an abstract piece, and it was something that I had always kind of shied away from and thought wasn't for me. I have only been working with abstracts for a few months, and I definitely have much more to learn, but I keep feeling pulled to make them whenever I sit down to paint, so I'm doing it. If I wanted to over-analyze it, I could say that maybe I'm so interested in abstracts because I'm going through all of those aforementioned changes and I don't really have an idea about what my life and future will look like. Or maybe this is just the creative impulse that I'm feeling right now.
As I mentioned earlier, I've been super busy lately and have been mostly painting late at night, which typically means crappy, badly-lit photos, sometimes before the paintings are even dry. It is kind of a bummer to post such bad photos on Instagram. Maybe it sounds shallow or something, but I want my Instagram feed to reflect the inside of my brain and I want to be proud of everything I share on it. I don't lose sleep over this or anything, but I think that maybe next time I will need to think of a way to participate in these challenges without the daily IG photo (maybe a different account or a Tumblr page or (gasp) just not forcing myself to post photos every single day). Or maybe next time I will have had enough of a break and will be happy to post daily photos.
So yeah, that's where I'm at with my 100 Day Project. Doing pretty well, probably overthinking it, per usual. I think my plan for the remaining days is to just keep going with the flow and making what I feel like making. I definitely have an impulse to try to push myself harder and more out of my comfort zone with this project, but I don't think that is what I really need to be doing right now. We will just see where this goes.