My thoughts about the creative process after completing The 100 Day Project

I just wrapped up my second year participating in The 100 Day Project and I could not be more excited with the art I created.

I sort of fell into my theme of creating small abstract art collages.  See, I took 2 months off earlier this year, where I rested and created solely for myself. I listened to where my heart wanted to go and gave myself permission to ignore rules and deadlines. I created solely for personal joy and as a result, I began to see an exciting shift in my work.

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Creating With Passion

During this time, I experienced a renewed passion for creating. I felt this sense of urgency and with all the ideas swimming around in my head, it was no wonder.  I felt like I was going to lose them. 

Being realistic

This was my second year doing The 100 Day Project and this time around I kept my idea simple so that I did not get overwhelmed each day.  I did a lot of traveling so there were times when I worked on a week's worth of pieces at one time.  

Being whole-heartedly in when you create  

I feel a connection to the art I create.  It is hard to explain, but if you have experienced it, you are shaking your head.  Creating just for me, opened up my heart and mind -- no one to impress, no one to judge!

Like it or not, those thoughts go through our minds and can stifle creativity.  There is something so freeing about creating without rules our boundaries.  Like those mornings when I put my hair in a messy bun, throw on shorts and a t-shirt and run out to Target with no makeup and don't try to hide behind my sunglasses in case I see someone I know.  EEK!

I just followed my heart and created for me.

Now what?

Although the project has come to a close for this year, I plan to continue creating my little abstracts - I enjoyed it that much.  I am not sure where it will lead.  I have ideas for "going bigger" and I see art boards and canvases in my future.

If you have followed along with my 100 Days of Layered Pieces, I hope you were inspired and thanks so much to all who encouraged me along with way and shared so much love!



Some of my favorites from the project