The 125 Images Project was born back in May of this year, and consisted of drawing an image in pen and ink, and posting it everyday on The Bloom Studio blog for 125 days. The series concluded on the Autumn Equinox, and here are all 125 images from all 125 days. I learned a great many things with this project, and I will post something about the process after it has all sunk in a bit more. Please click on any image to start the photo viewer. It’s very snazzy.
The bow and arrow drawing has been by far the most searched for image I have created – almost every day someone goes hunting for it on the web…so ironic, and crazy. Probably due to The Hunger Games. I actually drew it for my sons who took archery this summer, but I’ve read The Hunger Games and I’m cool with that too.
The next project begins on Novemeber 15, 2012, and will center around portraits, pencils and symbols. The project will carry on for 125 days, a portrait a day, and end on the Spring Equinox, March 20, 2012. A lovely trip to Paris with my favorite cousin (hi Jenn!) happens during this project in November, so that should be interesting, as I plan on drawing people everyday…so you have french people portraits to look forward to. If you would like me to draw you, a friend, or family member, please send me a photo or a link to the photo via email (address found above) and I will add you to the list:) Keep in mind, I am using the word “portrait” loosely – the work will still be imagistic, and quick – I will still churn them out daily. I’m looking for glimpses of spirit to start connecting what I know about symbolism, and image to what is there inside others….I’m looking so forward to it!
In the interim, I will be creating lots of watercolors, knitting a gazillion scarves and hats, designing t-shirts, bike riding, moon bathing, dancing/choreographing in Denver, studying tarot, and writing things for books, writing and casting spells, and just writing…oh, and resting, lots of resting. And eating, lots of eating. Oh, and just being, lots of just being.
25 images drawn – 100 to go!
For those of you just joining in, I have committed to posting 125 hand drawn images in 125 days. I am a dancer by trade, and have zero visual arts training…unless of course you count my high school art class where the kid next to me liked to smoke joints…in class. So you can’t really count that.
Here is the story of the project…
On the morning of May 15, I had a seizure that lasted 15 minutes. In that time, I was still. I did not shake, but was unconscious for the duration. I was with my youngest son when it happened – in his classroom, helping him paint. I came to in the ambulance on the way to the emergency room, with no idea of what happened. I am currently being tested for a whole host of things, but as it relates to this project, all you really need to know is that I could draw stick figures before May 15, and now, I can sort of draw, and the images are coming to me fast and furious.
Four days after the seizure, I woke up and started drawing. I drew a couple of things, one being a nest with an egg in it. I think it took me less than a minute to draw, and for whatever reason I liked it – it sort of actually looked like what I wanted it to look like, and on a whim, I snapped a photo of it and posted it. The next day, I found myself doing the same thing. Drawing, snapping, posting. And again on the next day…and by the end of the week, I created the 125 Images Project. It just sort of happened, and I am going with it.
All of the drawings are by hand. I don’t pencil sketch before, and I don’t trace – I draw in pen, and usually quickly. I try not to think too much about it, and just feel my way through the lines. Over the 25 days, I’ve grown attached to a certain kind of pen, and a certain kind of paper. There are definite themes emerging in the images, although I’m trying to keep flowing through them, and not get bogged down with any kind of empirical rules or expectations. I have no standard for greatness which is amazing, and often the drawings are pretty bad, but that is freeing too. It’s an experiment, and it’s awesome! The first house dragon attempt looks like a vomiting iguana-fish that hasn’t slept in a long, long time (that was supposed to be fire he is breathing – mer…), but I am rather pleased with the different wings I’ve drawn. I like the moons too.
The end of the 125 days ends on the autumn equinox – September 22.
The disclaimer is that I do not claim quality, but I do claim heart and spirit, nothing more, nothing less for 125 days.
If you would like to read a little bit more about the 125 Images Project, here is the announcement.
If you would like to see all of the first 25 images, here is the link.
And this is my favorite out of the latest batch…