Happy New Year everyone! I’m guessing most of you are back at work after the festive season and wishing you were still on holiday. So here is a little distraction for you, or possibly some inspiration for your next holiday.
It has almost been two weeks since my 100 Day Project finished, so here they are… all 100 days, along with a before and after to show how each day began. 100 days of adding colour to everyday scenes and my working hours. On the last day I felt a great sense of accomplishment, along with a huge wave of relief that it was over! After I signed up for the project I received a couple of big illustration commissions and time became scarce, I also managed to tear a tendon in my drawing arm, so for a while there I felt like I was running a marathon with no sign of the finish line. But I made it! And even though my husband has asked me never to do this again (it really did take over my life for a while!), I have had brief thoughts of other projects I could attempt next… maybe not for 100 days though!
Do you remember my post about the 100 Days Project? Well I’ve started, and I am 10% of the way there! I have decided to break it down into ten day lots so I feel some sense of achievement along the way, focusing on 100 days from the beginning feels quite daunting. And of course I completely ignored the advice given by previous 100 dayers and made it way more complicated and time consuming than it needed to be!
It is already looking different than I thought it would. I originally signed up because I wanted to commit to drawing something everyday. I decided to add photographic elements to the mix so I had a bit of room to move and experiment over the next few months. The first day arrived and my first attempt looked nothing like the picture in my head, so I tried something else and that kind of dictated the digital direction I have taken. With 90 days to go, I still have plenty of time to experiment, so let’s see what evolves.
I will be posting my ‘chromalgams’, as I have called them, on my 100 Days Project page. From there you can also check out what some of the other 1000+ participants have created. Or you can follow my progress on instagram.
Have you ever taken part in a project like this? What are your tips for making to the end? I’m gonna need them!
In a bid to keep their local streets free of graffiti, Sydney’s Inner West Council devised the Perfect Match initiative. Local residents and property owners plagued with graffiti are matched with street artists who transform the unsightly publics wall into works of art. Perfect Match 2016 took place earlier this month.
Having recently moved from the inner west, to New Zealand, I haven’t been able to check out any of this years walls, so here are a few photographs I took from previous Perfect Matches. Artists include Fintan Magee, Phibs, Dallas Clark and Stephen Evans, Mulga, Jumboist, Ears, Sid Tapia and Peque,
And while the organised tours and events associated with the Perfect Match weekend may be over, you can still download the map and take a self guided tour of this impressive outdoor gallery.
It is almost 6 months since my husband and I left our little home in Sydney, for a new adventure in Auckland, New Zealand.
A couple of weeks ago I went back to Sydney to be part of an exhibition that explored Sydney’s Inner West and it’s inhabitants. I am quite enjoying life in Auckland but I do miss my old neighbourhood and everything it had to offer, so I drew this map as an ode to all of my favourite places, in and around Marrickville. I have since realised that my Sydney life pretty much revolved around eating and drinking—cafès, pubs and restaurants seem to dominate the landscape!
I really enjoyed working on this and am now planning a series of maps. Maybe Auckland next? It will be a good excuse for me to get out from behind my desk and explore more.
Oh! And I want to give a quick shout out to Endemic World who helped with the printing and transportation of my map. Not only do they offer fine art printing, they also stock a great range of contemporary, limited edition prints by New Zealand and international artists.
FROM THE PRINT SHOP
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