“Choose a creative exercise and then repeat it every day for 100 days. With your daily creation see what evolves in the work and in yourself.”
It’s New Years Day, at least in the Western hemisphere. Day One of “the” 100 days. I heard about this project from a good friend of mine a few weeks ago, got interested and then subsequently forgot all about it. Then I heard the starting gun. What to do? What to do?
I make art everyday so it isn’t like I’m trying to get started or motivated. The prospect of sustaining a singular idea for 100 days is a challenging one and I spent hours pondering. What would be simple enough to throw into my daily mix yet complex enough to keep me interested? Being creative can be a curse when your options start to run amok and that pretty much describes my thought process.
The key to a “series” is to find the commonality. Since I knew drawing would be involved, my starting point was my materials. I recently purchased a package of long, light blue index cards (4″ x 10 1/4″) and I liked the idea of using the compact yet stretched format. How about my stupa series. They’re pre-stretched! I visualized a hundred stupas lined up on the wall. Compare and contrast baby! I would use limited tools (pencil, orange marker, grey marker, ink pen, green marker, white out). That doesn’t seem very limited does it? I could write random notes and/or thoughts about the day in the margins. That would be so cool! Here’s my test.
But my brain refused to stop there. What about all the incredible street scenes here in Chiang Mai? Maybe I can do both? Test 2:
Drawing both the stupas and the street views would leave me with two hundred images vertical AND horizontal which I could weave into an enormous square representing the entire four square miles of the old city! Now rather than limited art supplies I would need unlimited art supplies! How would I assemble the sucker? How would I frame it?
Creative overdrive. By the end of the day I realized I was probably over thinking the whole thing and should just dive in. Restricting my paper size is good enough for now and since I can’t decide my subject matter I think I’l do both until one or the other takes over. KISS!
Many Art Lessons here.