IT IS FINISHED! What an amazing roller coaster ride this has been. I don't know if I would have been able to follow through if I hadn't first completed 5 year-long projects as I knew that there would be extremely challenging days and also that 'this, too, shall pass' - I think I'm feeling a little Biblical today 😊
Also, the support of each of these women and everyone else through conversations, emails, likes and comments has been incredible. I wish every artist had an opportunity to receive encouragement like this while in the throes of work. It really does make a diffèrence.
Now...what's next? The body of work can be viewed at Inglewood Fine Arts with a Reception on May 5, 2-4pm and another on Ladies' Night in Inglewood on May 10, 5.30-8pm. The paintings are avaiable for purchase by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org (8×10 / acrylic on gallery canvas/ $195).
On May 11 a selection of the paintings will be on display at the Amazing Airdrie Women awards luncheon hosted by AirdrieLife magazine at Woodside Golf Club in Airdrie.
I have been working on a small book to commemorate this project...I hope to share more information later this week.
The entire project can be viewed on my website under '100 Days - Nasty Women.'
I think I've been called to paint women...I don't think I'm quite finished with this yet. So I will keep painting portraits but not every single day as that was both physically & emotionally exhausting..though extremely rewarding.
I still have a long list of women who put their names forward so I will continue but I would also love to hear from anyone else who would like to be added to it.
I was so sad to be completing this project and now I feel all tingly because I'm excited that this is not the end, but rather a new beginning. THANK YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH! ❤
Last weekend Kate & I attended RAW Talks hosted by Natural Talent Alliance at Hotel Arts in Calgary and several comments resonated with me, especially now that the #100daysnastywomen project is coming to a close:
What does your art do? Does it empower, encourage, inspire, unite, heal, or speak up for the voiceless? It should remind others that they are worthy of love.
~ Everline Aboka
Write down everything. Put everything down on paper.
~ Matt Blais
How to be creative...listen to music, think like a child, take a break.
~ Wayne Logan
I really wish I would have taken more notes as I was inspired by actor Peter Skagen and photographer Edward Ross who, through sharing personal experiences, encouraged artists to be true to themselves above all in order to find that "sweet spot." And also dancer/choreographer Natalka Lewis shared her emotional story about perseverance. An incredible day.
A huge 'Thank you' to Tim Lowing for the lovely article in this week's Airdrie Echo.