Phew. This 100 day project really doesn’t let up. I originally believed it would be fun and inspiring to draw as I traveled. But as it turns out, it actually adds an extra element of stress to my vacation days (you know… on top of trying to run a business from the road.)
Forgive me if I’m sounding a little negative today, but I’m really frustrated at 64 days in. I’m too far along to back out without feeling guilty. And yet this jewelry season is picking up and I’m struggling to make time. A number of artists who also took on this project have slowly tapered off. I’m determined to see it through on behalf of all of us… but it’s bloody difficult.
But from the ‘half-full’ perspective, in just over a week I’ll be 75% done. That’s something to feel good about.
Day 57 // Sunglasses – a brand new pair for me to rock this summer.
Day 58 – Tissues – Caught a gnarly cold this week and these babies have been essential to my wellbeing.
Day 59 // Purse – It’s going to sound like I’m spendy (I mean, new sunglasses and a new bag in one week?) but I tend to buy these items and use them for an entire year or longer. This week I happened to purchase both.
Day 60 // Succulents – a quick sketch that ended up looking a little cartoony My brother is getting married next month so I planted these cuties into terrarium centerpieces for him.
Day 61 // Lillies – My mother’s garden was exploding with Asian lillies this week.
Day 62 // Radiator – old faithful from my brother’s apartment.
Day 63 // Acoustic Bass – one of my brother’s many bass guitars.
I stumbled into a theme for the drawings of Week 8. I’m a bit of a nature collector and have gathered boxes full of seeds, pods, and leaves over the years. This week I chose to draw a different “pod” each day. Enjoy!
Day 50 // Sweet Gum Pod
Day 51 // Eucalyptus Pod
Day 52 // Bottle brush pods
Day 53 // mystery pod – (If you can identify this pod, please share the answer in the comments!)
Day 54 // Lunaria Silver Dollar Pods
Day 55 // Knobcone pine cone
Day 56 // Ironwood Pod
Ah…Yosemite! I could gush on for hours about how gorgeous this National Park is. I love that I now have a handful of sketches to remind me of my stay.
Drawing in the field was so much fun! It’s a very different experience than the more scholastic approach I take at home. The wind blows through leaves, horses trot around, clouds swirl and rainstorms swiftly move in making me grab my sketchbook and run for cover. Some drawings were far from perfect, but since there was so much material to draw it was easy to move on and sketch something better the next day. On a few occasions (Days 47 & 48) the rain was coming down too hard for me to post up in a field, so I drew from photos taken earlier in the trip. Day 49 was spent packing up camp and driving home, but that evening I honored the final day by drawing a favorite photo from our Half Dome hike.
Week 8 wraps up tomorrow. Check back Monday for even more drawings!
Day 47 // Fern Study – I would have loved to get some shading in on this one, but it takes quite a while just to sketch in the shapes for all of these tiny leaves!
Day 43 // Mule at the Stables – The problem with mules is the same with cats, only worse. They move around too much!
Day 44 // Meadow and Royal Arches – At the end of this drawing I looked up to find the meadow had filled with deer grazing before sunset.
Day 45 // Clouds around Glacier Point – By this point of the trip, the rains had began and the clouds hung low over the cliffs and waterfalls in the valley. While it made for pretty photos, it was difficult to sit outside and draw.
Day 46 // Lupine
Day 46 bonus drawing! – Pinecone
Day 47 – Snow Plant – In real life, these are a vibrant red! The look quite foreign growing out of the forest floor.
Day 48 // Mirror Lake – Drawn from a photo I snapped earlier in the week.
Day 49 // Vernal Falls – Drawn from a photo taken on our Half-Dome hike
Hello friends! Thanks so much for patience. It took me longer to share these drawings than I expected. I love taking time away for vacations, but I do scramble to catch up when I return to a full inbox and a laundry list of jewelry orders. It took me a few days to finally carve out time for my blog.
I wanted to group all of my Yosemite drawings together, so Sunday from Week 6 will appear as the first drawing of Week 7 which posts tomorrow.
Without further delay… Week 6!
Day 36 // Matchbox
Day 37 // Fresh Lemon from the tree
Day 38 // Oxfords
Day 39 // U-Lock
Day 40 // Binoculars – packing these babies for our camping trip!
Day 41 // Backpack – filled with goodies for Yosemite!
I can’t believe I’m already at the 6 week mark with this drawing challenge. I’m already pretty impressed with the little collection in my sketchbook, and I’m not even halfway!
I wanted to drop a line about why this week of drawings will be a little late. Thus far, I have used my Sunday evenings to take images of the last 7 drawings. I then edit and upload them to my blogging platform, and by Monday I can plug in a quick summary of my week, post, and share.
As I type this, my husband and I are heading out the door for Yosemite National Park. We visit here at least once each year. The park is so close to us here in the Bay Area, and it’s easily one of my favorite place on earth. Sadly, I’m out of time to my Sunday drawing and the whole posting routine before we leave. So upon my return, I promise you TWO amazing weeks of sketches.
I might be getting ahead of myself here, but I suspect the drawings from within the Valley will be pretty epic. Hopefully they are all worth the wait!
Happy trails, everyone!
I’m excited for the bit of travel I have scheduled for the next month. After a few weeks of bumbling around my house and workshop looking for items to draw, I’m itching for some new material. The things I figured would make lovely still life scenes, such as wine glasses or coffee mugs, just seem stale in comparison to melted wax, lush leaves or soft bristles. This discovery has me re-assessing my lineup of reference material. It’s time to hit the road with my sketchbook in tow!
Day 29 // beeswax candle and ceramic dish
Day 30 // Red wine glass
Day 31 // Fuji apple
Day 32 // Bench sweeping brush
Day 33 // Oxygen and propane torch handle
Day 34 // Denim apron
Day 35 // Tape Measure
I’m posting this update a little late — sorry! This week things just turned a little bit crazy. Without further delay… more drawings!
Day 22 // Wooden Gorilla Figurine
Day 23 // Citrus Juicer
Day 24 // Calcified Eastern Box Turtle Shell from the studio of Jenny Windler.
Day 25 // Sleeping Cameron
Day 26 // Keys
Day 27 // Split leaf philodendron
Day 28 // Barnacle from my trip to Thailand
I am one-fifth of my way through the 100 day project. Ugh… so many more days to go!
I had a few days this week where I was about 80% of the way through my drawing and realized I really didn’t like it. Examples of this include Day 15 with the film reel, or Day 18 with the coffee mug. I had to remind myself that this project is not about perfection, but simply an exercise in commitment and consistency. I’m a little proud, so there’s a chance I’ll revisit these items later in the project just to prove to myself I’m capable of better.
Day 15 // Film Reel
Day 16 // Safety Goggles – Fun Fact: I have a small face. These are a kids size.
Day 17 // Particle Mask
Day 18 // Coffee Mug – I promised myself that the day I drew my coffee that it would be the greatest coffee cup I could possibly draw. I mean, it’s so basic, It should be easy-peasy! Turns out, my actual sketch didn’t live up to the hype.
Day 19 // Snuggling Cats – These sleeping kitties are cute, but they don’t really look like my kitties. They are bound to be used as subjects each week so I’ll practice getting those expressions right.
Day 20 – Bananas
Day 21 // Cactus Skeleton – This one was pretty cool! Wish I had allowed myself a little more time on it to capture the details.
The 100 Day Project has reached the end of Week 2! I have to admit, this commitment is still proving to be tough.
I like to think I’m good at exercising self discipline. I really take pride in the dedication I exercise by showing up and getting down to work day after day. Despite this focused mindset, I’m still finding it so difficult to make time for my daily drawing.
I started my week off trying to squeeze them in during my lunch break at the shop. I felt like I was checking off one of the many to-do list tasks in my day. But after a few days I fell out of this habit. Things in the studio were commanding more of my attention. So I began drawing each night when I returned home. In that setting, I tried to envision the sketches as less like work and more like a cool down after my busy day. In both contexts it was still tough to find the time, but I do find that I’m getting faster at honing in on subject matter.
Days 8 & 9 // Pliers and Rawhide Mallet – It’s funny how one can use the same tools each day without really looking at them.
Day 10 // Wall vase with air plants, turkey feathers and cook pines.
Day 11 // Big cat in the window seat, aka “Hurry up and draw as much as you can before he moves!”
Day 12 // House plants reaching for the sunny window
Day 13 // Sleeping Cat Paws – One would think that a cat sleeps all day and barely moves. But in fact, they sleep all day and move just enough every few moments to keep you from being able to draw them.
Day 14 // Leather Camera Bag
I am participating in The Great Discontent’s 100 Day Project!
In their own words:
It’s a celebration of process that encourages everyone to participate in 100 days of making. The great surrender is the process; showing up day after day is the goal. For the100-Day Project, it’s not about fetishizing finished products—it’s about the process.
Each day for 100 Days, I am creating an original drawing of a place or object I observe. I dedicated a special sketchbook just to this project. Below each drawing [not pictured] I’ve been logging a personal note about my day. I’ll be sharing periodic updates on instagram with the tag #100daysofdrawing, but you can catch a weekly digest here to see all 7 drawings from the prior week.
Below you can enjoy Drawings 1 – 7
It was a tough process getting started for me. I fussed over whether I had the right pencils and lighting to make the item dynamic. I spent a little too much time on the first few drawings (in some cases over 45 minutes) and quickly realized that for the good of the project I needed to reduce the daily time commitment so I was less likely to miss a day. By the 3rd and 4th day, I felt like I was getting into the swing of things.
Day 1 // Dinner Fork
Day 2 // Men’s Watch
Day 3 // Mini Stapler
By this day I was down to a 20 minute drawing. This amount of time feels good to me. I can choose objects that are interesting and capture some details without going overboard.
Day 4 // Big White Lacey Flower
On this day I stopped along the trail after a hike in the Oakland Hills and allowed myself to sketch as much as I could of a beastly white flower with huge leaves in my newfound time limit. I’m liking that this project is portable. It opens up a whole world of subject matter.
Day 5 // Mini Anvil
Day 6 // Sugar Snap Peas
Day 7 // Golden Sage Leaves
The act of sitting down to draw is already getting a little less daunting. I’m excited to see where week 2 will take me.