The need for change is how I began this digital minimalism.. I was deep into mindless social media scrolling, online searches, YouTube watching and sometimes game playing. Although I began to spend less time using my phone, I felt the need to make a bigger change. The idea began when I discovered Cal Newport’s book, Digital Minimalism. I read the book twice and made a commitment to try a month of detox suggested in the book.. It was a great way to start fresh.
I’m not going to lie, the first few days were rough. I would mindlessly reach for my phone out of habit.
Instead of randomly picking up my phone, I would pick up a book to read. I was prepared with an arsenal of good reads.
As days passed it got easier, I forget about my phone and what I was missing online, it felt like freedom. After the 31 days I re-evaluated how and why I use online sites, social media apps and what was necessary to keep or let go. The digital detox was an eye opening experience.
How I spent my time during the 31 days of digital detox:
I finished 4 books and Digital Minimalism I read twice.
Painted my art studio (spare bedroom) purged items, repaired walls and organized the space
Found my old iPod during a clean up (it still worked!) I used it to listen to music
Early morning walks, and sometimes an afternoon hike with my daughter
Evening stargazing on my deck with the binoculars
Organized every closet, and kitchen drawer or cabinet in the house
Purged and donated many things we didn’t need anymore
Created a reading nook in my living room
Phone conversations and less texting
When my art space was back to normal I began to create and experiment with my art supplies. Somedays I only doodled, lots of ink doodles.
I highly recommend any of the books above. The Practice by Seth Godin a great read for any creative.
The music video for my song choice, Left Handed Kisses, by Andrew Bird & Fiona Apple was the inspiration for day 40 of The 100 Day Project. Not only was I captivated by the sound but I was also mesmerized by the dynamic between Andrew and Fiona in the music video. The idea to create a quirky portrait of the singers played on repeat in my mind until I drew it out…..
Watercolor and ink on 140 lb coldpress paper with wood frame..
Well I’m not going to California but I was encouraged to use the song Going to California by Led Zeppelin as part of my 100 day project..
The song was a recommendation by a fellow Instagram connection. I was inspired by the music and soulful lyrics so I decided to illustrate it.. Thankful for the special song request and the curiosity to give it a try, because this art became one of my favorites on my 100 day journey.
Mixed media artwork: The figure created with watercolor, pencil, cut paper, (map of California) layered on top of a 5×7″ chip board with acrylic paint
You can view my entire collection of 100 Days Of Songs Illustrated on Instagram..
During the month of August I will be posting some of my favorite illustrations from my participation in The 100 Day Challenge on Instagram
Day 85 of my 100 days of songs illustrated.
Song inspiration: Six Feet Under by Billie Ellish – “Our love is six feet under I can’t help but wonder if our grave was watered by the rain, would roses bloom?..”
In the video below I am using acrylic paint on 140 lb on cold press paper. If you notice a little difference in the drawing at this stage, I decided to change up the figure midway through the process because the image wasn’t working for me visually.
Working with mixed media, here I am adding watercolor to lower portion of artwork.
Thank you for taking the time to view my art and process.
This is my second year participating in the 100 day project, hosted by Elle Luna . If you are not familiar with this project, it is open to anyone, the goal of project is to create or do anything you want for 100 days. You can share your progress on Instagram using the special hashtag #The100dayproject. ( it is never too late to join in)
This year I will create an illustration for 100 songs, my only limit is color. You can follow my 100 day journey on Instagram @ Jensimaginings #100DaysOfSongsIllustrated
The reason behind my theme choice, I wanted the challenge of telling a story through my art..
My first song inspiration: Suitcase Full of Sparks, by Gregory Alan Isakov
Materials: Recycled cardboard, chipboard, cut paper, graphite, charcoal and one color.
“Traveling through the graveyard with a suitcase full of sparks honey, Im just trying to find my way to you.”
This week was the start of the 100 day project on Instagram . The challenge is the process of creating something everyday for 100 days, any style, shape, medium of your own choosing.. If you are interested in joining the challenge visit Elle Luna for all the details.
Many moons ago I attempted a challenge, creating mixed media art everyday for 100 days but unfortunately I fell short. This year my goal is to accomplish 100 artworks of my cat Cookie #100DaysOfCookieCat . I will be working on 5×5″ watercolor cold press paper utilizing any medium.
1/100 watercolor markers
2/100 The watering hole… watercolor & graphite
3/100 Rainy days…. Watercolor and graphite
If you would like to view more of my cat art, follow me on Instagram
A little backstory.. We adopted Cookie 2 yrs ago from Spay and Save, Inc. The moment my daughter met Cookie, she knew the cat would be perfect for our family. My daughter was correct, Cookie is a wonderful cat, quirky, boisterous, loving, sweet natured, and a great cuddle buddy.. When anyone is visibly sad or cries Cookie will appear to comfort that person and sometimes she will run over to the person to give a kiss on the cheek.. true story!
Yes I have been neglecting you old buddy, missed out on your ever changing landscape, your colorful words, exquisite taste of imagery, and inspiring ways.. You always had something new to say and I can always find an adventure or two at my fingertips…
Forgive me darling, my attention played on other playgrounds, it kept me away from hanging out with you.. I couldn’t resist your algorithm charm, I knew one day this gal would return to you with a spark of enthusiasm…
Have you missed me..WordPress? … huh?
Oh your silence is cruel..
My choice of play has been Instagram, and Facebook but I did miss writing… My goal this year is to get back to writing and posting regularly.. I really did miss reading my favorite bloggers posts, such a great community of talented inspirational people on WordPress.