I have officially completed Week One of The 100 Day Project. I began with very few restrictions and a whole lot of fear that my work would be all over the place and not cohesive. Would there be any narrative? Do I have anything to say?
As I worked on the first 4 x 6 I realized that I had a lot to explore around my experience living in Alaska and how it has impacted me and my artwork. My paintings largely focus on glaciers and this project is the perfect opportunity to incorporate other components like mountains, vegetation, snow, and daylight. So I began my attempt at sharing what Alaska life has meant to me through these little collages.
Cheers to Day One bringing clarity and purpose!
I started Day Two with more direction but still unsure how to best express all I have to say. How abstract do I want to go?
And a whole lot of sky
That is how I've started each piece.
Sometimes I recall a memory early on in the process and build the visual expression of that moment. Other times I finish the piece and then think about what it means to me.
The process have become more fluid as the days go on. I'm still afraid of running out of ideas, but the fear is diminishing.
What have I learned so far?
Ignore your doubts and create anyway. Doing is the only way to get better.
I really love color. Creating work with these vibrant splashes of color has become a way for me to express my love for the landscape.
Putting myself into the work, through figures and story telling has let me connect with all of you like never before. So far, that has been the most rewarding part of the project.
Seeing your reactions to them has been so energizing and uplifting. I really do appreciate all your feedback and "likes." Let me know what you'd like to know about life on the Last Frontier and maybe I can answer your question through collage!
Until next time!