Connections & An Exciting New Project Art101 Challenge

Connections and Art 101 @rrreow

Making meaningful connections has been high on my priority list since diving head first into my artistic journey last year. I’ve always felt so isolated, like I have to do everything by myself and that sharing is somehow giving something away, something you can’t get back. I’ve come to realise how important it is to find people you connect with, people you can chat to about your hopes, fears, dreams, business plans, crazy-ass wild ideas!

I recently bought Kelly Rae Roberts’s e-book and with it got access to a group full of lovely ladies with similar goals. I feel I’ve really clicked with some of them and it’s exciting to support each other on our journeys to becoming creative business goddesses!

The other day Stephanie from Two Raggy Doodles shared a really inspiring TED talk (when are TED talks ever not inspiring, right?!! They always make me feel so excited and like the world is a better place!).

As a result she came up with the Art101 Challenge. Me and a group of artists are going to challenge ourselves, and set a specific individual goal, to create art over the course of 101 days and support each other in doing so.

I am umming and ahhing a bit about my specific challenge. Some people are doing 101 artworks in 101 days, but I know that is too much for me at the moment (see my previous post about self-care and taking a step back from doing too much!). I think I will aim for around 2 artworks a week, which rounded up would be 30 artworks in 101 days. Doable, yet it will push me to actually create and finish things in a deliberate way.

The challenge starts on 1 June and I’m so excited!! I’ll be adding a page with links to all the participants shortly. I will be keeping you up to date with progress on my blog and on social networks (I post most often on Instagram with current works in progress, so you can follow me on there).

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  1. Funny you should mention connections I’ve recently posted about my British ones on my blog. You should check it out. ๐Ÿ™‚ Can others join this 101 it sounds good fun. Best Wishes Helena aka The Queen of Collage
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    • Hi Helena, thank you so much for featuring me in your list! I’m honoured to be in a list with the likes of Tam & Jennibellie!

      Participation in this group is by invitation, so I’m inviting you! The discussion/support group is on Facebook, please look me up on Facebook and send me a message, and I should be able to invite you to the group.

      • You deserve to be among them ๐Ÿ™‚

        Thanks for inviting me to the group. I look forward to the challenge and seeing what you create. For me self care involves losing myself in art, but understand moderation to be the key. Too many sweet treats can be sickening ๐Ÿ˜‰
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        • I sent you an email with a link to the group, hope you got it (maybe it went into spam).

          Art time is definitely part of my self care routine too! It’s nourishing. I often end up going to bed too late because I’m so into it though.. but hey ho lol.

          • I got it and they let me in ๐Ÿ™‚

            I love it like escaping into a good book or walking for me. Know what you mean about going to bed late. Good sleep is wonderful particularly if you have kids wanting your attention I imagine.
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  2. Debbie says:

    Great blog post Iris! I’m doing this too, only making one a week.

  3. Hi Iris
    Just followed from Art 101. I’m excited too, I don’t really connect with anyone – but glad I joined this group as so far its filling up with such wonderful people it is a pleasure to meet and connect with. (such as you and your valuable advice with my phone, still not sorted the instagram thingy). I am going to try stick to the 101 works, but not stress too much if I don’t quite manage. My next step is to try follow your blog:)

  4. Great blog post, Iris. Self-care is important too. Don’t worry about the number of days. Just make art when you can. I know you have wee ones to think about too. I loved seeing them with the Gelli plate. Only a few days to go now. Woowoo! <3

    • Thanks Stephanie! I’ve recently started working on several pieces at once (go on to the next when something is drying on the first). Three seems to be a good number. Love doing it and seeing the different things emerge.

      • I love that! Saves unnecessary cleaning of brushes, hands, etc. Nothing worse than wasting paint that could be put down on another page or canvas. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Lovely…both your words and your art. I’m going to try to do the 101 pieces, but I’m going to include journal pages and sketches as counting towards the total. And I’m also going to give myself permission to modify my goal if it turns out that it has some negative effects in my life. For instance, I can totally imagine that, in the service of 101 pieces of art, I might end up just rushing and not really getting the quality that I want. I guess we’ll see. Glad to be connecting with others as well. So nice to have company along the way.
    Terri Churchill recently posted…Art 101My Profile

    • Thank you Terri! I absolutely think it’s important to be flexible whenever you set yourself a challenge. If you’re too rigid it might end up being a negative experience or you feel like you’ve “failed”. It’s great to push ourselves, but also great to look at our needs at the same time and make sure it’s all in balance. I will also be counting art journal pages to my goal.

  6. I love this challenge! And the TED video was awesome, I really got a lot out of it.

    Thanks so much for sharing the challenge, and I can’t wait to see what you create ๐Ÿ™‚
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