100 Days. In just 100 days, my art career changed forever. December 31st, 2017 I decided that I would finally commit to creating art every single day for 100 days. It has been 7 months and there is no end in sight. My inspiration and creativity have been set free. They can no longer be contained.
I have long wanted to commit to an art for 100 days. For years I thought that if I ever did complete it, it would be makeup. My love for art actually started with makeup artistry. A few years ago, I came across makeup artist, Glam and Gore, who is now my favorite artist in that field. She was completing 100 days of makeup and I was immensely inspired by her commitment and incredible talent. Maintaining the consistency made me feel afraid. The idea popped into my head many times over the last few years but I never felt prepared to take on the challenge. That is until last December, when out of the blue, I knew that it was the right time. No planning, pure spontaneity.
I vowed to try new things, complete a creative piece everyday and never hold myself back. Maintaining that vow was difficult, but it was worth every second. My first day I worked with coffee, the second was charcoal. I experimented with various mediums for the first few weeks until I landed on watercolor. I started to create with watercolor daily. I fell in love with many techniques and the journey that it was to experience a new medium. After the first week of practicing with watercolor I was convinced that I would spend the remaining 100 days delving further into the medium.
In just a few short weeks, it grew tiring for me. I felt drained of inspiration and unlike myself. I knew that I needed a change and fast. That is when my love for ink first began to blossom. The vividness of the colors and the depths of the layers that I was creating enraptured me. My inspiration returned. The words that I wrote were deeper and my paintings were lucid. I have maintained and further grown this inspiration in a way that I never imagined. I have learned to pour myself into my artwork with vulnerability and courage.
100 days turned into a natural work pace. There is no way to say what would have happened if I had never started or completed those 100 days. I cannot be sure how long it would have taken me to find the overwhelming inspiration that I now have, without committing to my artwork in this way.
I would encourage any and everyone to complete this challenge. It is beautiful to see how much you can flourish in just 100 days when you finally allow yourself to invest time in yourself. I am currently exhibiting my first solo art show, working on my first book and growing artistically every single day. Taking the opportunity to push myself was one of the best decisions that I have made to date. My art makes me feel alive everyday.
Left: January 2018
Right: April 2018