100 Days of Color
The 100 Day Project invites and challenges participants to engage in a creative activity for 100 consecutive days while documenting its process. The project is modeled after Michael Beirut’s 2007 workshop for graphic design at Yale University where he asks students to document the same activity for 100 days. It did not matter what activity it was, so long as the process was documented. Since then, the project has gain popularity amongst artists across the globe. For the last several years, Elle Luna and Jean Thomson lead a community of artist for the project from April through July.
Wanting to explore color with abstract painting in an intuitive way, I named my project 100 Days of Color. My focused was the process and the joy of creating rather than on the outcome, hence, some of the paintings are more detailed than others. Using acrylics and watercolors paint I made 9” x 9” works on 140 lb. watercolor paper. Completing the project has strengthened my desire to further explore the creative process and make works with a focus on the impact and joy of color. At the end of the project I was invited by several venues to exhibit my work, an unexpected but very pleasant outcome. The artwork was exhibited for several months at
a local library where I was able to present the process of the project. sp
Tips for completing your project:
1. Narrow down your subject allowing for variety.
2. Work with the materials you have on hand or obtain supplies ahead of time.
3. Prepare substrates or purchase ready to use.
4. Set aside a daily timeframe to work on the project and set a time limit.
5. Prepare a travel kit to take with you during time away from the studio.
6. Document the process.
7. Join a creative community working on the project along with you.
8. Allow yourself to explore, play and have fun.