I have had a new project on my mind for quite some time now. Life, my kids, this renovation, and work, however, is always getting in the way! I daydream about it often, but never seem to find the time to actually “get to gettin’.” Over on Instagram, my social media brand of choice, there is a collective group of people starting a new 100 day project today. As you may remember, most of my art on this site came from my first 100 day project I did, which I called “Chasing The Pink Glow.” I decided it’s time to dedicate space in my day to this project that has been poking and prodding at me for the past few years.
In real life, I am a foul mouthed lady. Not only that, but I LOVE to talk about body parts. I talk about my menstrual cycle with anyone and everyone, like if you know me in real life, I am pretty sure you and I have talked lady parts. It’s just my jam, if you will. The idea for this project came about firstly because I am horrified that people, especially women, are not comfortable talking about their reproductive organs. Secondly, I have two daughters on the precipice of womanhood, and I have been brainstorming about how to share with them my views and attitudes about being a woman.
When my kids were little, I didn’t want to make a big deal about gender differences. In fact, we had many MANY discussions about how gender identity is forced on children and how we want them to like what they like, no matter what color aisle their toys are sold on. As my children approach puberty, I find that there are things that I do want them to know and to understand about the new phase they are about to enter into. I want to welcome them to the club of womanhood.
I’ll admit it, I was a WOMAN’S STUDY student in college! I’m sure that you had already correctly deduced this. For the past two to three years, I have been thinking about how to share the information I didn’t get until my 20’s with my school age kids. THEN THE ELECTION HAPPENED. First you had “The Woman Card” that the Hillary campaign sent out. Then everything inbetween, leading up to the Women’s march. As I marched beside my two daughters and their preteen friends through a blizzard, up to our state capitol building, I felt an inkling of what my project could become.
This project is still in the gestational stages. I need more time to fully work out all of what it is going to entail. I need to figure out the look of it, the content, and all of the ins and outs of it. When I saw that a lot of people were starting a 100 day project, I knew that this is the exact thing I need in order to get this shit done. I am committing to working on three items per day for the next 100 days.
1. A Figure Drawing a Day
This could be anything from just a pencil sketch to an illustrator file. I want this project to appeal to all ages of people who identify as women. I have a kind of cartoony style of drawing I enjoy doodling, and I want to work out some character studies to define art standards for this project.
2. Build An Inspiration Board
I haven’t decided if this is one giant inspiration board or multiple boards. Luckily I will be making it on Pinterest where it is easy to break out and change if I choose to. For now it will just be one board. I think I will pin as many pins as I want per day, instead of limiting myself to just one.
3. Take An Action a Day
To me this means moving the project along in some way. On my list of things to do: build a website, create a logo, learn new information related to the business model in my head, research the information I want to share, start blog posts, and even making playlists! There is a lot to do, but if I take just one bit of it a day I think it will come together really well.
Wish Me Luck! If you want to follow along you can check out my hashtag #100daysofwelcoming over on Instagram. My account is thepinkglow there.