On June 22 I decide to attempt 100 paintings in 100 days. I don’t know if I can even do this. Its a daunting task to contemplate, but I am going to give it a try. Why? I watched Julia & Julia and it gave me this ridiculous idea. Sure I have heard about it before as a method to develop a distinctive style. The theory is when you have to crank it out, your style will happen.
There are periods of time when my productivity goes through the roof, but there are lulls, sometimes long ones where I let my life get in the way of my passion. I also intend to blog about it. Short blogs probably, but blogging about it is going to be part of this exercise. I have a hard time talking about my art, it just doesn’t flow easily. I also want to write better blogs and there is no substitute for, well, just doing it. I am probably going to be experimenting with the plug-ins and what not as I attempt to get more advice on presenting the blog, so this will involve a lot of blogging too. Jeepers.
Day 1. I finished up 2 paintings that had been laying around. One was very nearly done. The second I thought was finished, but when I went to photograph it I hated it and had to edit it substantially. So the editing job became the the first painting in 100 paintings in 100 days. I finished two for day 1 and I started a second and a third painting. I had originally painted one and decided to paint two without really knowing where I was going with this idea.
As usual, the binary code has everything to do with the painting, spelling out two and 2 in ASCII binary.
Day 2. three and four were barely started yesterday, I had got beyond a sketch, but not by much, however they are finished today. Of course I have to photograph them etc now. Since these are all 6x8 inch paintings I have decided they are going to be arranged like a phone keypad and be grouped that way; I have to do 5,6,7,8,9,0 #, *, and maybe answer, hangup and do it button too. So I have the idea for the next 8–11 paintings, which will give me time to contemplate what comes after the cell phone number pad.
I don’t know what you all think about this idea, but Julia’s mother’s comment about, “Why,” especially when I am so busy with other things does come to mind. So if any of you all have ever undertaken a self-commited program for only reasons you can understand I’d like whatever advice you might chip in or what ever general comments come to mind as I embrace this insanity.
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