100 days — what next?

100 Days Project. © Mahani Del Borrello 2016. It has almost been two weeks since my 100 Day Project finished, so here they are... all 100 days, along with a before and after to show how each day began. 100 days of adding colour to everyday scenes and my working hours. On the last day I felt a great sense of accomplishment, along with a huge wave of relief that it was over!  After I signed up for the project I received a couple of big illustration commissions and time became scarce, I also managed to tear a tendon in my drawing arm, so for a while there I felt like I was running a marathon with no sign of the finish line. But I made it! And even though my husband has asked me never to do this again (it really did take over my life for a while!), I have had brief thoughts of other projects I could attempt next... maybe not for 100 days though!

Looking at this collection of tiny thumbnails now, it is hard for me to see the hundreds of hours of work they took to create. After a little thought, I've decided to publish them in a book, so I have a tangible record of the whole project. It is easier to appreciate something solid that you can physically see and touch rather than just look at on a screen. And while not all of the images are in New Zealand, a lot of them are, so it will be like an album of places I have explored in my first year of living in Auckland. I am also going to print some of my favourites and get them framed—I just have to decide which days I like best!

And I'm really looking forward to February 2017, when there will be an exhibition in Auckland showing the work of fellow hundred dayers. I can't wait to see the projects en masse and talk to other participants about their creative journeys. I will share the exhibition details a bit closer to the opening.

In the meantime, I have some photos that have been sitting around waiting for me to edit and share, so keep an eye out :)

 

100 Days Project. © Mahani Del Borrello 2016.

100 Days Project. © Mahani Del Borrello 2016.

Before and after.

COUNTING THE DAYS...

100 Days Project. © Mahani Del Borrello 2016. Woohoo! I made it to Day 20! Focusing on this small milestone and not how many days there are until I reach 100.

Daily updates here and here.

And if you're wondering, Kiss Kiss is a restaurant in Auckland, they dish up the most delicious food!

xx

 

100 Days Project. © Mahani Del Borrello 2016.

10 days and counting!

!00 Days Project. © Mahani Del Borrello 2016. Do you remember my post about the 100 Days Project? Well I've started, and I am 10% of the way there! I have decided to break it down into ten day lots so I feel some sense of achievement along the way, focusing on 100 days from the beginning feels quite daunting. And of course I completely ignored the advice given by previous 100 dayers and made it way more complicated and time consuming than it needed to be!

It is already looking different than I thought it would. I originally signed up because I wanted to commit to drawing something everyday. I decided to add photographic elements to the mix so I had a bit of room to move and experiment over the next few months. The first day arrived and my first attempt looked nothing like the picture in my head, so I tried something else and that kind of dictated the digital direction I have taken.  With 90 days to go, I still have plenty of time to experiment, so let's see what evolves.

I will be posting my 'chromalgams', as I have called them, on my 100 Days Project page. From there you can also check out what some of the other 1000+ participants have created. Or you can follow my progress on instagram.

Have you ever taken part in a project like this? What are your tips for making to the end? I'm gonna need them!

 

100 Days Project. © Mahani Del Borrello 2016.

PATTERN PLAY - FOLIAGE

Pattern Play Foliage - by Mahani Del Borrello for Picturette Did you know that the temporary images Google sometimes places on it's home page are called Google Doodles? I didn't until now. And the only reason I found out is because one of these google doodles caught my eye and inspired this pattern. Anna Atkins was a British botanist and photographer. Using the sun, Atkins created beautiful cyanotypes of algae and ferns, they are thought to be the first photographic images printed in a book! Google celebreated her 216th birthday with this image.