A few months ago I joined #The100DayProject, an annual challenge that encourages you to create something for 100 consecutive days. I was in a creative rut and thought the challenge was the perfect way to break through it as well as push my artwork to new limits. I love painting people so I decided my project would be 100 days of portraits.
Projects like this are always easy in the beginning but as time wore on and as I was moving around and traveling the project got hard to keep up with. I don't paint every day. I try to, but some days I don't have time or just don't feel inspired. I broke down and didn't finish the project in 100 consecutive days. At one point I went a few days without posting a painting and wondered if I should even bother finishing. I was posting my progress on Instagram, but would anyone really notice if I stopped? Would they care?
Then I realized that Instagram was only a tool I was using to keep track of what I was creating. I wasn't doing this for anyone else - I did it for me. I did this project to improve and test my creative limits. Who cares if I didn't complete it in 100 days, I was going to complete 100 paintings.
After that the paintings came flowing out of me. I still missed a day here or there, but it was never in my mind again to not finish.
I now have a new collection of portrait paintings and loved playing around with different styles and techniques.
Here are a few of my favorite illustrations from the project! To see all 100 paintings, click