Moon Snail Project # 1, 2, and 3: Beginnings
April 3, 2013
Starting something is not an event; it’s a series of events. . . . Keep starting until you finish.”
— Seth Godin, Poke the Box
This month I will be sharing my latest project, 100 moon snail shells drawn, painted, and captured on paper. (Photographs won’t count.) The germ of this idea entered my consciousness many years ago when I first read Everyday Sacred: A Woman’s Journey Home by Sue Bender (1996). In it, Bender mentions an art exercise that her friend Gale was teaching called The 100 Drawings Project:
“The task of the class was to find and draw one hundred times, one simple, familiar object, portable enough to bring to class each time. It had to be neutral in content, not religious, not a family heirloom, nor an object that held any sentimental value. . . . Making one hundred drawings of the same object forced Gale to find new techniques, materials, and ways to work. The goal here was to take risks and exceed limits. Hopefully, along the way, a personal style would emerge.”
The idea of drawing a single object 100 times intrigued me then and many, many years later it still pulls me. This year I decided to commit and actually do it. I had some ideas for getting started, but I didn’t know if I would eventually “hit the wall” and run into artist’s block. Starting out, I was also curious about what directions this challenge would take me. I will share my steps along the way in this blog.
Here are my first three watercolor sketches: