#100DayProject: A watercolor a day, or more theory through praxis

This year, as part of an effort to establish a robust creative practice (and maybe improve my watercolor skills), I decided to take on the #100DayProject. My project is simple — to establish a steady watercolor practice through botanical sketches. I’ve been posting some of these on my dog’s Instagram account, if you’d like to follow along with the journey.

I’m sure that creative challenges like this have existed for a long time, but Michael Beirut is widely credited as the originator of this iteration of the #100DayProject. In a 2011 essay, “Five Years of 100 Days,” Beirut outlined the basic terms of his 100 Day challenge:

Beginning Thursday, October 21, 2010, do a design operation that you are capable of repeating every day. Do it every day between today and up to and including Friday, January 28, 2011, the last day of the project, by which time you will have done the operation one hundred times. That afternoon, each student will have up to 15 minutes to present his or her one-hundred part project to the class.
The only restrictions on the operation you choose is that it must be repeated in some form every day, and that every iteration must be documented for eventual presentation. The medium is open, as is the final form of the presentation on the 100th day.

My personal version of the #100DayProject is a little less disciplined than Beirut’s original intention. I take out my watercolors every few days, and I work on a sketch. I hate some of them, like some of them, and recycle the worst ones to destroy the evidence.

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