100 Day Project: Last Two Days

100 Day Project, Projects

Day 99: April 29

Pacing myself. I thought when I started this I wouldn’t care how many pieces I made, then I figured fifty would be a fine number. As it became clear that I was averaging one a day, even if that’s not exactly when I finished them, I decided to shoot for 100 pieces.

Day 100: April 30

I thought I’d bring this project to a close the same way I opened it: with a self portrait. 100 pieces. 100 Days. A road trip across the country home. A pandemic. Strange times. Bittersweet.

100/100 Days

100 Day Project: Week 7

100 Day Project, Projects

Day 43: March 4

When I started I figured I’d make maybe 50 pieces. I’m on track for one a day even though I don’t finish one each day. I work here, there and then all of a sudden a bunch teach the finish line together. Today I worked with a textured crow again, and again used the leftover paint to experiment with. Definitely not how I want to create work, but still a fun thing to explore.

Extra paint explorations.

I have to acknowledge this. It was supposed to be a color study. But oh no no no…

In progress…


Things went wrong quickly here. The colors didn’t work the way I imagined. Then it just kept getting worse. I’m still thinking of ways to salvage it. But I feel nauseous looking at it from the color combinations.

Day 44: March 5

It isn’t that I don’t have time or ideas today. It’s that I just don’t want to. Not even a little bit.

I’ll start some pieces just with color. And leave it at that. No pressure today.

And then I never stopped.

In progress.

Day 45: March 6

Traveling today. Had to fight for my work time this morning.


Day 46: March 7

No Internet Service.

Day 47: March 8

Did minimal today and yesterday. Was busy with human interactions. But I did start a big canvas…

I’m going to work on that separate from the 100 Day Project, even though it has sprung from it. I make the rules here.

Day 48: March 9

Plugging along.

Day 49: March 10

This week became about exploring color. I was working it out on the paper and letting the colors surprise me. I think in the near future I’d like to explore color more.

Finished works. 49/100
In progress.

100 Day Project: Week 3

100 Day Project, Projects

Day 15: February 5:

There is no escape from the wind. That was the only inspiring thought as I doodled my way through windswept mountains this morning.

I observe, again, that I don’t work linear. A little on this, a little on that, go back to something else when I’m struck. I think I should adopt this way of working permanently. I am able to just put one piece down that is irritating me until I have a better idea for it.

Wednesday, February 15, 2020 Progress photo. Faber-Castell black ink pen and ceramic stucco texture on paper.

Day 16: February 6

Process shot from Thursday, February 6, 2020. Faber-Castell Black Ink pen, White and Yellow Ochre Acrylic Paint thinned with water, Cotton Thread and Ceramic Stucco Texture.

I had a thought during our very long bumpy drive yesterday about what makes me an artist. Doing art of course, but I also thought about those times in school when you get in trouble and the teacher makes you write a sentence 100 times. There is where I was inspired to begin this day. Write it out over and over “I am an artist.” And then cover it up in art.

But now I am second guessing where I took the piece. Should I have stuck with white? Do I like the yellow ochre? I don’t know. I’ve been considering creating a color palette to work from so my future works look cohesive. A color palette inspired by nature. Will that be too limiting for me? Or is it an element that I need to explore? I noticed that many photographers are changing up the look of their photographs so much they look so different from reality. And there are infinite possibilities to creating a personal brand in artwork with color. This would mean letting go of reality a little more and being flexible in how I approach subjects. It could force me to being more creative with my pieces.

Day 17: February 7

Using hypnotism to trick people into trusting him, so he can come cause chaos.

When the truck is broke down in Death Valley it is all art time. I did a lot more yesterday after checking in. I tried to work on my other project, the polaroid emulsion lifts. One of the lifts went bad and went towards the 100 Day project. By this morning it was dry and I could add line work. I devoted the rest of my day to the dreaded scanning of said polaroid project. Much of that time just to get the technology to work right and then settling in for rhythm of scanning… not done.

Back to that repurposed emulsion lift. It was coming off the plastic in pieces so I decided to use it to see what they looked like over a textured surface, this one being painted fabric. It was a challenge. The paper curled unexpectedly due to being painted on one side and I was trying to place parted out emulsion. THEN the cat walked across the prints I had drying and one of them did a disappearing magic trick. gone to the ether! I still cannot figure it out. I watched it go… but where??? I checked all the paws and between the toes too.

Started to bring this one to life. A failed Polaroid transfer experiment.

Day 18: February 8

Whenever we are done with our chores. And I’m done scanning in the polaroids. I’m thinking about trying out some pieces based on emotional advice like “The Four Agreements.” It isn’t the art I ultimately want to make, but it’s the art I suddenly want to make right now. I’ve been frustrated with how I feel when I lose people. Even if it is just online friendships. I’ve always gotten very sore over rejection from people and I think it maybe time to explore that. When my anxiety was undiagnosed and out of control I had difficulty identifying people’s responses towards me. I found all reactions hostile. So I withdrew and delved into self loathing, where I occasionally visit. Now I am still challenged by social cues. My desire for connection with people often has the effect of repellent. At 37 I’m still trying to understand and navigate social situations. It’s like I was stunted emotionally by social anxiety and I’m just now learning things I should have learned as a child. But as a child I was forced to grow up fast in other ways… but that’s a different subject.

Day 19: February 9

Yesterday’s idea didn’t get past getting four pieces of paper out and labeling them. I’ll let those four agreements simmer.

Today I decided to use the backing of my paper pads because one) I’m running out of paper and two) after last nights podcast about artist Phil Hansen only finding inspiration when being constrained by his materials. I guess I can let go of being so particular about my work surface and having the entire of the 100 Day Project be cohesive just from working on one specific paper surface. Spread your creative wings Taryn.

Starting with a white acrylic base on the cardboard backing.
I wasn’t a fan of that blue. I banish thalo blue!
Seeing what happens if I overlay those bold lines with a mix of acrylic burnt sienna and ceramic stucco texture.

Day 20: February 10

Today I scrounged for surfaces to start three images with a longhorn skull based on a photograph I took in New Mexico. All of them started with same image. We’ll see how they diverge in texture, color and technique.

Day 21: February 11

Today’s gathered insight (source: The Jealous Curator Podcast) making a list of my personal visual vocabulary. Wow. I mean, that’s part of what I’m trying to do here is understand and articulate my motivations! But a list? I love lists. I’m going to have to do this. How incredibly exciting and dull to deconstruct every element of my work. I’m sure they diligently tried to teach this in college, and I, in equal stubborn amounts didn’t absorb the lesson.

Burnt sienna, white and black acrylic thinned with water, Faber-Castell black ink pen. Combining the meditative line making with Raven image.
Week 3 completed Images (I think they are done at least)
Week 3 started/in progress pieces.

My 100 Day “Rules”

  • Use the blog to reflect on the work daily, posting content weekly.
  • Work at a 5 x 7 size on paper
  • Multi-media works
  • Use inspiration from travels, literature, and anywhere else I can.
  • Explore elements I work with already. See where it goes. Reflect on what those elements mean.

100 Day Project: Week 2

100 Day Project, Projects

The spine, the backbone, the skeleton, the outline, my guide….

  • Use the blog to reflect on the work daily, posting content weekly.
  • Work at a 5 x 7 size on paper
  • Multi-media works
  • Use inspiration from travels, literature, and anywhere else I can.
  • Explore elements I work with already. See where it goes. Reflect on what those elements mean.
Progress of whole so far…

Day 8: January 29

I had to work fast this morning, today is a travel day and I needed time to let paint dry. I chose to explore another aspect of my current paintings: fabric texture. I’ve been adding scraps of fabric onto my paintings allowing the threads to unravel, also assisting in that unraveling. sometimes letting the patterns peak through, usually painting over them with a second coat of white acrylic paint. But why? Out loud now Taryn, why are you doing this? I savor the subtle difference in textures. I like how the paint takes to it differently. There is something about fabric I am also always drawn to. I love the texture and patterns. I’ll never be a sewer that is clear from my clumsy attempts, but I do look for ways to incorporate fabric into my work. Unraveling threads also bring to mind the fates of mythology. Or the long tradition of women working at the loom weaving cloth. I had a period of time as a child when I worked with small weavings, but weaving lost out to drawing. I am a woman attracted to using cloth, but I like it unraveling. That says something about me indeed. I will control the unraveling.

Day 9: January 30

Another Day on the road. We found a place to park very late last night. I was tired and ideas came out tumbling of my head, as they do during the worst possible times. Some early trials at Polaroid emulsion lifts fell out of my sketchbook and I decided to use them. I like to do that, find ways of using experiments that would otherwise sit around.

One of them was a print of a digital photograph I lost the original file for. I was very excited to find a way to use that image, even though all I had left was the poor quality Facebook shared image. After I went through the emulsion lift process I thought I would try to give it an embroidered border, because using thread in art looks cool. I like the added meaning behind it. I should try it right? NO TARYN, you should not. You hate sewing, remember? I never finished my little experiment. For which I am glad, because it works even more for the piece, with the thread swirling away from the work. Escaping, forever unfinished to remind me: I hate sewing.

Day 10: January 31

Not much time today either. I thought I would this evening, but everything has gone wrong and we are still driving. Last night I went to pull out paints, but found my computer sideways and pulled that out instead. I backed it up on it’s hard-drive once I saw it was fine. This morning I prepared some photos for reference. That’s all I was able to do today. And this quick check-in while on the road.

Day 11: February 1

Between naps of neural recovery from the stress of yesterday I managed to experiment with two pieces based on the same raven image. One using pastel, pen ink, cotton cloth and acrylic the other skipping the pastel for more line work. I don’t know how I feel about them. I may have been too drained to be creative today. Disappointing because I so looked forward to finally working with those images.

Day 12: February 2

This morning I had nothing. I hated my work from yesterday. I didn’t want to do art today. This, I thought, is why I never committed to the 100 Day Project before. So I started a new piece of paper and did just lines. Then I put some thalo blue paint over the ink drawing of the raven from yesterday and I liked it better. I pulled out my “wet box” finally. Started using some cement stucco textures. I can see where this 100 Day Project is useful now. Off to see some of Death Valley.

Day 13: February 3

This morning I did a little here and there, even using different colors. I was finally able to get into my paints. The important thing that happened was some thinking. I’ve been getting whiplash from all the different ideas and ways of making art. From instagram there’s always someone new who has a new technique. I started following galleries, websites and magazines that promote artists. And my head just wants to explode from all the different ways of creating. AM I DOING IT RIGHT?

Then I finally got to listening to this podcast The Jealous Curator after an artist friend sent me the link. It’s been full of wonderful information, but then this:

What is it about you that is special that you want to share?

… that changes everything.

I want to show the world what I see. I want people to see a dead tree and see how beautiful its structure is and continues to be. How life keeps going on around it even after its life is technically over. I want them to make that connection to their own lives. Green burial anyone? I want one. I want to go back to the earth.

I want people to see the intelligence in an animals eyes. I was trying to get photos of a raven yesterday and a man asked me if it was bothering me. No, I was bothering him. I want people to see them as sentient beings, living out their lives alongside us.

There’s more. But I’m tired. I’ll have to keep thinking about this topic.

Day 14: February 4

I finished up the red/yellow piece this morning with oil pastels and tried out about idea from on of my playa photos; we’ll see. I wanted to lay everything out today for photos and put out the weekly blog. Since I haven’t been taking progress photos this week and it’s the end of the seven day stretch! However, it is still windy here in Death Valley so no photos are happening. And I’m currently without internet connection. I’m putting my thoughts down and I’ll get it put together when I can.

Update: I was able to get the writing uploaded. I’m still waiting on better weather conditions for doing the photos.

Week 2 progress, finished works
Another look at Week 1, just the finished works.