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The 100 Day Project: Part Two

Have you been following along with the 100 Day Project over on social media?  The project started up back on April 2nd and we’re now half way through!  

If you’re not familiar with the 100 Day Project, every year people all over the world commit to 100 days of exploring their creativity.  For the project you choose your focus, do something towards it each day for 100 days, and post about it on instagram using the hashtag #the100dayproject.  

For my project, I’ve challenged myself to at least 30 minutes in the studio/creating each day.  I’m starting to develop a good habit of creating daily now.  I’ve only missed a couple days out of 50 so far, which I’m pretty pleased about overall.  Sometimes I have to remind myself that I’m so much further ahead than I would be if I never started.  Habits aren’t created overnight, and sometimes progress is more important than perfection. 

I’m still working on moving my studio time earlier in the day.  I usually to end up creating late at night in the wee hours of the morning.  Part of it is that I’m able to focus better at night when there’s less distractions but also I’m a bit of an overachiever with my to-do list, stacking it full then trying to get everything done on it before I start drawing or painting.  I guess that gives me something to work on as we go into the last half of the project. 

Here are some of the projects that I’ve created during Days 26-50 (click here to view the recap of Days 1-25).  

Cairn in the Creek by Laura Jaen Smith. Black and white ink drawing of river scene from Robert H Truman State Park Ithaca NY
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I’ve really been enjoying creating ink drawings lately.  This drawing took up eight days of the project (and many sessions going over 30 minutes), but I really like how it turned out.  The reference photo was taken while hiking Treman State Park in Ithaca last year during my 50 New York Waterfalls project.  I found the scene so fascinating with the small cairn piled up on the side of the creek.

Another ink drawing that I finished during the second set of 25 days.  The reference photo for this one was also taken during my 50 New York Waterfalls project last year.  I took a LOT of pictures during each hike and while looking through the photos to write the weekly Waterfall Wednesday blog post I keep finding ones that I want to draw.  

This one is from while visiting Waverly Glen.  There’s a small path of stepping stones that leads to the other side of the creek.  Stepping along the stones reminded me of summers at my Grandparents’ house playing in the creek with my cousins.

Stepping Stones by Laura Jaen Smith. Black and white ink drawing of river stones in creek.
Work in progress photo of Kaleidoscope summer mosaic paintings.

I used many of the days of the project working on the Kaleidoscope project for 171 Cedar Arts next month.  I’ve started by blocking in the main colors of some of the pieces.  When painting with acrylics, I work in layers. Often I feel that the under layers look so unpolished that I’m hesitant to share them.  I guess that’s another thing that I’m working through with the 100 Day Project – working on sharing more of the behind the scenes and unfinished pieces.  

I’ve been starting to see sneak peeks from some of the other artists.  I can’t wait to see all the Kaleidoscope projects done and hanging up at CMOG this year for the gala opening!  Will you be there?  You can grab tickets for the June 15th event here.


Are you doing the 100 Day Project also?  Let me know, so I can follow along also!  

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