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  • Writer's pictureSteph Holmes

Starting a 100 Day Project in the Time of the COVID-19 Quarantine

"Black Snail", acrylic paint and gel pen, 3"×3"

Drawing 1/100

I've been making art and blogging about it on and off for the past 15 years. I busy myself with a lot of other things, which has left my creative side feeling depleted. Actually, before the coronavirus had us all in quarantine (our current situation here in Pennsylvania), I was reaching a bit of a breaking point with my life. I've felt so drained, stretched so thin... and now, everything that was draining my energy is suddenly cancelled. Now many of us are stuck in our homes watching as the world we know crumbles around us. I'm terrified for everyone and frustrated that I can't do anything more to help other people than to just stay at home. 

(Side note: it's okay to feel however you feel. We are giving each other a lot of conflicting advice right now... relax and practice self-care, watch the news to stay informed, be ultra-productive with the extra time you have now, and so on... but YOU know yourself best! Do what you need to to stay healthy in body, mind, and spirit through this crisis.)

My mind is so clouded from the stress and sadness I feel right now. What I do know is that drawing has always made me feel better. Previously, drawing has given me the tools to heal myself, so I'm going to do a little drawing everyday to keep myself moving forward. It doesn't matter what material, style, or subject matter I use. These drawings don't need to be big or grand, just the result of a little bit of real rest everyday.

By the way, do you know what the 100 Day Project is? Head over here if you're interested in starting your own. To boil it down, the 100 Day Project is an open invitation to anyone who would like to commit to some small act of creativity every day for 100 consecutive days. You don't need to be an artist, just curious at what might happen if you commit to spending a slice of your day being creative. I chose drawing specifically, but you can do anything. People have completed all sorts of fun, somber, involved, casual, creative projects, and there's a lot of inspiration to be had in exploring them online!

Thinking of everyone now and sending my love.

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