Watercolors: The 100 Day Project

Gaudi house in Park Guell, Barcelona
Gaudi house in Park Guell, Barcelona

I’m not sure how I discovered The 100 Day Project, but I did and am now participating.

In its sixth year, The 100 Day Project encourages you to commit to pursuing some personal project consistently for 100 days. The project starts on April 2 and will continue through July 11.

Participants are encouraged to post their progress on Instagram with the hashtags #100DayProject and #The100Day Project.

I like the idea of the program’s focus to help one do something consistently, every day. I had a similar experience last year when I created more than 80 watercolors for an art show at Satchel’s Pizza.

The 100 Day Project arrived at the right time for me, as I was looking for a small project to keep me focused on creating at least one watercolor a day. After brainstorming possibilities for a 100-day focus, I decided to create miniature watercolors. My hashtag on Instagram is #100miniaturewatercolors2019

L'Umbraca in Parc De La Ciutadella, Barcelona
L’Umbraca in Parc De La Ciutadella, Barcelona

Miniatures are a size – 2½” by 3½” – these are also the size of Artist Trading Cards (atc) or ACEO  (Art card editions & originals).  Unquestionably it is a size of painting I could successfully complete and matte every day.

My recent trip to Barcelona provides lots of inspiration for painting.  I enjoyed finding unique art supplies like interesting Barcelona-made watercolor paper,  a few Escoda watercolor brushes and a couple of Russian squirrel-tail (yes) mop brushes and fine Kolinsky Siberian Sable brushes made by Winsor & Newton.

I did very much enjoy examining dozens of wonderful Escoda brushes, which are made in the Escoda brush factory just outside of Barcelona.

Painting miniatures of colorful Park Güell, mountain views at Montserrat or decor in the Palau de la Musica cafe also helps me create how I will approach those same subjects on a larger scale.

Sketching & Painting in the Palau de la Musica Cafe, Barcelona
Sketching & Painting in the Palau de la Musica Cafe, Barcelona

The larger watercolor paper – made in Barcelona, Germany and France – that I purchased in Barcelona calls to me and I can’t wait to paint larger watercolors.

The miniature size for The 100 Day Project helps me focus my painting because I won’t be able to include everything I see. I will have to discard and minimize.

The size also enables me to complete a painting while continuing to make flutes that have been ordered.

I’m interested in seeing the range of work that develops from my 100 miniature watercolors. The process is fluid, if you will, and none of us stay exactly the same (thank goodness) so I expect to evolve, change, grow.  You can follow my work on Etsy and Instagram.

I created a new Etsy store just for my paintings where my miniatures (all originals and one-of-a-kind) are posted for sale. They are matted and will fit into an 8 x 10 inch frame.

If you wish to purchase one of the miniatures created during the first 30 days of my 100 day project, use this link to JudyRobinson.art and you will receive 40% off the price of any miniature!

I hope one or more of my miniature paintings may add to the color and cheer to your home or office.

On Instagram, follow me – WrenSongWoods – or search for  #100miniaturewatercolors2019.

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