Hello all — this is Sarah. I just wanted to give you all a little behind the scenes taste of project 100. Basically, Lester was very nervous about the video portion of his project 100- he was feeling a bit camera shy. So when day 1 finally came, I told him to do a round of practice runs that nobody would see- to get all the kinks out and get comfortable with the camera …. well, I found those video clips and put them together for a little Lester fun!!! I was laughing sooo hard- I hope you all get a little laugh today too! (Please note, as of today I have Lester’s permission to post this- he has grown in many ways, huh!!)
Day 100 — WOW! What an incredibly exciting day! Thank you for supporting this project of 100 paintings in 100 days. I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing my paintings with you during these 100 days. I loved this journey!
For today’s inspiration, I painted my friend’s dream. In his dream, he was on a boat in the middle of a storm. Lightning struck and he reached out with his right hand, harnessing the lightning bolt. He experienced his body taking in the energy. After doing so, the horizon immediately was clearing from the storm. The approaching land was illuminated by a beautiful sunrise. This dream was significant to him because at the time his health was not the best and after having the dream, his health recovered fully. He now currently has ALS and I hope that this painting reminds him of that dream to harness the energy within to full healthy recovery. This painting also is a great reminder for me to captain my soul and move towards each horizon. Truly a great inspiration for painting 100.
Enjoy “Captain of Your Own Soul.”
Stay tuned for a wrap-up of Project 100. Thank you, again. I appreciate your support of this project.
Day 99 — On the second to the last day and I decided to venture out a bit. I’ve been looking at Van Gogh paintings recently. I love his texturing and colorful depictions of movement. Today also happens to be another friend’s birthday and she is from Greece. So I decided to combine both and create a Greek coastline scene depicting the windmills in Mykonos. The sunrise radiates from the sea to bring in the new day and asks “what destiny lies ahead for the viewer?”
Day 98 — Including today, I am three days to 100. This has been an incredible journey. I’ve been asked these several days, “how does it feel to be close to the end?” Well, I have mixed emotions about the end of this journey. I am happy the finish line to this adventure is coming and I am also experiencing a sense of calm. So today’s painting reflects the solace of completion. Under the glowing fall harvest colors of the Japanese maple sits the Japanese lantern. The winding tree limbs provide cover, while two humming birds find a home in the lantern to nurture themselves. They can rest under the protective maple and lantern, enjoying the serenity of their environment. I love the energy of the painted leaves swirling about, while the tree and lantern are fixed energies of unwavering strength.
Day 97 — Last 4 days of Project 100. I can hardly believe it has been this long. Today’s painting was inspired by the big oak trees I’ve seen this past week. I decided to paint a farm scene with the big oak and the little carriage parked underneath. The big oak acts as guardian, protecting everything under its cover.
Day 96 — Today, I was inspired to paint a rooster. I was imagining a Tuscan villa and I kept thinking about really large vessels, so that got my creativity going. Today’s painting involves a scene with a rooster exploring his surrounding and finding a large vessel. Surrounded by grapes, the rooster continues his exploring.
I couldn’t decide on a name for today’s painting and want your help. What ideas do you have? Please share.
Day 95 — Serving up today’s inspiration, I’ve painted another kitchen themed still life. Today I was enamored by the color red and opted for a vase to portray. Arranged with the red vase are a wedge of cheese, bread and pinot grigio grapes. I love the contrasting images as they play with each other on the platter. Enjoy today’s serving of “Red Vase Platter.”
Day 94 — Stretching my creative muscle with the kitchen themed paintings. Decided to go with what is abundant here in Oregon and that would be grapes. My mind was on the thirty foot waves that are supposedly off the coast of Oregon and thus my painting was created. I used the shell and the grapes as my study for today’s inspiration. Here is “Seaside Vintage.”
Day 93 — Ok, so a “kitchen theme” set was mentioned today. This is my first attempt at what that would mean. I decided with a still life of tulips and a humming bird. It’s quite an amusing scene for me because the humming bird is gazing at the vase of tulips and wondering “is there nectar in there?” Who can tell, right? Only the brave who take the risks will find out. Hope the humming bird figures it out. Enjoy “Tulip Nectar.”
Day 92 — Driving to Salem this morning, I glanced upon a tall tree in the fields. I had to stop and take a picture because it called to me for today’s painting. It was amazing to see the tall oak in the middle of the field surrounded by fog. It seemed nothing was going to hide its presence. Standing tall amongst the elements — a great example of how to live in the moment.