After making a LONG list of what I could do every day for 100 days, I decided that I was going to do illustrations of flowers in whatever medium catches my fancy on any given day. This way I'm not painting myself into a corner and then quit because I'm bored. Preferably, I want to do it early in the morning because it puts me in a good mood for the day and makes me want to jump out of bed because something fun to do awaits me on my drawing table. I chose flowers because I love them and want to get really good at depicting them in various medium and i'm curious to see what will develop out of it. I have already prepared 100 sheets of watercolour paper that measure 4:5 x 6 inches and numbered them. The pile is on my desk, ready to go. I'll visit our local thrift shop to find a metal box to store the sheets of paper as I go. I'll also gather all the photos and books of flowers I have scattered all over the house so that I have visual references close by to inspire me if I run out of ideas. If I make things easy and convenient it will be easier for me to sit at my drawing table and just do it. I'm setting myself up for success! Today I'm at Day 3. The mandala flower I did just gave me some ideas for bigger ones I'd like to try. This promises to be an interesting and creative 100 day challenge!
(April 24,2019) Day 9 already! So far so good! I'm enjoying painting and drawing flowers using different techniques every day. I'm glad I chose a small format to work with. It's easy and fun and doesn't take me more than about 15-20 minutes to do. So no excuses not to do it!
May 17, 2019 — 32 DAYS DONE!!!
I managed to keep my promise to mayself and make a flower drawing a day, every day! I'm including photos for days 31 and 32 that didn't fit in the group photo. Looking forward to day 33!
June 4, 2019 - just finished number 50!!!
I've reached the half-way mark!!! I'm still looking forward to drawing my next flower so all is well. I'm enjoying using watercolour mostly and I'm really enjoying experiment. I never know in advance what I'll be creating but watercolour has become my medium of choice and I'm trying all sorts of experiments and colour combinations. Tomorrow I'm going to buy myself a bouquet of fresch flowers to celebrate! I'm not bored yet so I'll continue since I'm still enjoying the process.
August 1st, 2019
I did my 100th flower on July 24 2019!!! I even found a book to put everything in it. It was a photo album with space for 100 photos so perfect for this project! What I learned along the way is that I really love painting flowers with watercolours and working on the same subject for 100 days, it gave me time to experiment. It's fun to see the evolution of the flowers over the 3 -month period. Some of them I like enough to use them for greeting cards. All in all I like what I created and I reworked about five of them that were seriously bugging me. I missed a few days along the way when Life or projects got in the way but the next day I did 2 instead of one. But in general since I had chosen a topic I like and the format was small (about 4 X 6 inched) and I had cut and numbered everything in advance, I didn't have too many excuses not to make a flower. Today is August 1st, a great day to start another 100-day challenge. this time I'll draw faces. All my paper is cut (same format as last time) but this time I'm using good watercolour paper. I'm curious to see what I'll come up with this time. Thank you, Rich for this great challenge!
This has been a really fun project and I was very satisfied that I able to go for a full 100 days. What I discovered is that out of the various media I used, watercolour was my favorite and the one I had more fun with and more experimental with. Out of the 100 flowers I created for this project, here are the one I like the best because I wasn't afraid to experiment and the results surprised me.