So I recently reached the halfway mark of my passion project this year, #100daysofpolipaints! 🙂 As of writing, I’m at Day 54.
Progress lately has been rather slow, but I’m working towards making it steady. With most of my time and energy for the past few months going into work, travel and other responsibilities, I admit I put this project in the backseat for a while. But no worries, I know this is all part of the process and that it’s only a matter of will until I catch my second wind.
In this quarter of the project, I dabbled with another medium: watercolor. It’s the perfect alternative for those days when I just want to experiment a bit or practice drawing. While I still prefer the boldness and texture that acrylic gives, I appreciate the softness of watercolor and I’m looking forward to combining the two in future mixed media works.
Another aspect of my craft that I want to grow in is adding form to my artworks. Naturally, my style is abstract, energetic and wild, but lately I’ve been trying to rein in my strokes and challenge myself to create more shapes. So far, I’ve been enjoying pushing myself to move out of my artistic comfort zone. Every canvas is another chance to try something new.
At this point, I’m really still figuring out my creative identity. Pushing the boundaries of what I can do as an artist. Vibrating with the kind of energy I want convey in my artworks. I’m determined to be more intentional in how I approach each piece. Not necessarily more serious, just more present. I want to paint each canvas with all the honesty and playfulness I can possibly give. I want to take on bigger canvasses with more heart, less fear.
I also made up my mind to finish this 100 day project within 2016, no excuses now. Momentum has been a challenge for me in the past, but I’m no stranger to desire and ambition. And the more fun I have with this, the more I realize that I really want to pursue the creative life. It may sound counter-intuitive, but I’ve been training myself to be more impatient: To demand myself to exercise my creative muscles every day and to treat each day with the urgency it deserves. Because life is short. And there’s still so much art I wanna get my hands into!
Lately I’ve been feeling excited because it feels like I’m entering into a new chapter of growth—I enrolled myself into art classes just last weekend! Now I get to indulge myself every Saturday at Sunshine Place, where my Tita Mel also studies painting. I’m using this opportunity to learn more about form and techniques from Mr. Fidel Sarmiento, and I can’t wait to see where this takes me!
It’s been quite a ride so far. Thank you to everyone who’s cheered me on with words of encouragement and appreciation, you know who you are.
Looking forward to meeting all of you when I hold my first art exhibit when this project is done. 🙂
PS. Hit me up if you have a blank wall at home that needs some lovin’! I sell my paintings and I also do commissions!