It has felt like centuries since I last posted a blog post! I know, I know, I know… “you said you were going to post a blog EVERY WEEK!”. This is true, I did say a lot of things, but that was January and this is July! That was almost like last year! But honestly I wasn’t really feeling the blog posts at the time. I felt like I was forcing myself to post something for the sake of posting something and that is the number one way to kill anything creative in my opinion. I feel that things need to happen organically or else I get grumpy. No one wants that.
So in the beginning of the year I started my 365 days of color challenge, which I DO still post every day on Instagram! I’m now on day 200 and it’s been a weird, wild journey. Through this challenge I feel like I’m learned a lot about my creative process and what works for me and what absolutely murders my creativity.
I found that I really really hate self-inflicted rules. Which for a person who hates rules in general, why would I do this to myself you might ask? Because I might be slightly masochistic? It’s possible. But an unintended side effect of this challenge was I learned I need to be gentler on myself. If I don’t like something that I’m doing, why continue doing it… I’m the one that started it after all!
I also learned that I was censoring myself in a weird way. I wanted to post something that people would like, that would be “Instagram worthy”. Well let me tell you something, "Insta Worthy" isn’t a thing. It’s made up! Again, it’s another self-inflicted rule that I put on myself that was pretty much hiding my true personality. And my true personality is a weirdo. If that’s not insta worthy, then I don’t really care. I’m posting it anyway!
So I started the challenge with “rules” of a theme each week, I even had a spreadsheet (okay I am masochistic) with a planned object I would paint each day. That sort of planning, which may be great in other scenarios, was almost the death of this challenge. So I decided, fuck it. I’m not using this spreadsheet anymore and I burned it. Well not really, it’s electronic, so I deleted it and yelled “BURN IN HEEL SPREADSHEET!”.
Anyway, the challenge went on a journey into the realm of tiny cute plastic animals. Which I greatly enjoyed painting! Until I ran out of animals to paint and didn’t want to slam down $60 for an “Exotic Alaskan Adventure Playset” on Amazon. So I decided to start painting plants, flowers, random tiny objects and pretty much anything that I could get my hands on. Some of the clear winners were the colorful, alien looking flowers I created. The losers were the set of weird, kitschy 1950s Japanese robots I bought and when painted looked like two turtles having sex. See the uncomfortable picture below…
Now that I’m at day 200, running out of flowers to paint… so I decided why not craft alien specimens! That’s what any normal sane person would say right? Right?! So the journey into weird crafting has begun. It’s a dark hole that I don’t know if I will ever come out of. Ok I’m being super dramatic. But there are still 165 days left of this year! Who knows what I’ll paint next…
But for October I WILL be painting every single item that Target sells in their Halloween section. That is a promise!
More blog posts to come, I do enjoy writing them when I think I have something to talk about.