100 days: 43-49
“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”
~ Andy Warhol.
The continuing saga of a daily drawing practice:
Because of reasons I can’t fathom – perhaps rooted in an overly developed sense of optimism – I sometimes take on ridiculously ambitious projects.
And because – and this is a weird one – although I have a good sense of what a period of time feels like when it’s quantified in a familiar way: a month, a fortnight, a weekend, a couple of hours… I could not, cannot, imagine 100 days.
What does that even look like?
Translating it into three-and-a-bit months, or about 14 weeks, I still can’t get a handle on this length of time.
I wonder if it will take shape when I look back at it from the other end? I’m not sure.
I’m in the middle of it now and it feels quite large.
What I have learnt is, the tipping point of any time period, usually marks a change of pace: The second week of a fortnight’s holiday goes faster; The afternoon passes quicker than the morning. Familiarity, I imagine, makes it travel more easily and without catching on so many memories along the way.
I’ve hit the apex of this project now. Let’s see what happens next. Meanwhile:
Here is week 7:
The source of inspiration for every one of these daily doodles is the eclectic collection of photos on my phone.
Like everyone, there are the accidental photos – inside of pocket – blurred floor – you know the ones. Coupled with the fact I love collecting abstract images of cool shapes, textures or color, without a particular subject matter, I’ve got a few that I can’t be sure if I took them, or if they just happened. This is one of them. Its place in the timel ine reminds me it’s from the glass collection at the V&A art museum.
What I love in this is the contrast of glass, the shapes and swirls and reflections in the foreground against the solid square blockiness of the windows behind.
A drawing can have a character that comes from something outside of the person holding the pen. I’m coming to see this more and more with every day’s drawing. I notice it here in the expression on the face of this blue chicken – it seems to have translated from the photo with more than just simple representation of lines. Perhaps the daily practice is edging me toward more accuracy. Perhaps. But I sense there’s more to than that.
A through-the-looking-glass view of my nest. More yellow than I notice it day to day.
Misremembered details, slightly skewed perspective: every single drawing in this project is a metaphor for life.
Turkish coffee tastes like holidays to me. There’s this this tiny Turkish cafe near here, where it’s served in a fabulously ornate array of silver shininess!
Today is about swapping colours but keeping shapes.
Ferns fascinate me. I love their fractal qualities, I like the notion we live in a fractal universe, so any reminder I see in nature is pleasing to me. Why are my ferns orange not green? Just the first pen I picked up. I don’t always have big meaning behind what I do. Even with colour.
This one is a portrait entitled “LOOOOK!” because we all know if someone’s taking more photos of trees, perhaps more than a ‘normal’ person does, just saying “LOOOOK!” over and over isn’t always enough to grab their attention. You might have to photobomb those darned trees as well. 😉
Allow me to introduce the giraffes at London Luton Airport. These are the fabulous creatures who keep you company as you have breakfast and wait for your holiday to begin. Although I began with their natural setting, albeit a different shaped grid pattern, the unconscious choice of colors I ended up with gave them a more natural looking background than airport ceiling.
Once again I feel like these drawings are not originating from me, just passing through. They chose me as their vehicle to arrive in the world.
Half way!! Join me back here next week for the next exciting instalment!
If you missed the previous parts, you can find them here:
Week 1 ~ Week 2 ~ Week 3 ~ Week 4 ~ Week 5 ~ Week 6
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12 thoughts on “100 ways to count time”
Mixy, your drawings are wonderful! You’re an expert with color but I can see the definitive progression as you move past the half-way mark. Is it still fun?
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Thank you, Carol, I’m too close in to see the changes (I think they’ll look more obvious to me when I get to the end and look back). It’s a curiously evolving kind of fun. It shifts so subtly day to day, week to week. One thing I’m really aware of is how much more comfortable I am in this developing style.
Wow! Lovely drawings. I love how you take a picture and then draw/paint it as you imagine it rather than how it actually is. (Like cutting off the third giraffe in day 49 and changing up the background colors.) Your work is very inspiring and has me wanting to do this project!
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Thanks Mandy, I really appreciate your kind words. It’s a really fun project – I do hope you enjoy it as much as I am – it’s a real challenge but I’m learning so much more than just practice at drawing.
So excellent Mixy, I admire what and how you are exploring…