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100 Days of Creativity

SHOW UP FOR 100 DAYS AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS

Have you heard of the 100daysproject?  There are 2 simple rules;

#1 Repeat a simple creative task everyday for the duration,

#2 Record each day’s efforts.

This is my fourth year doing the hundred days project and each one has taught me so much. I first heard about the 100 days after reading The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion by Elle Luna. From a young age, I have always loved doing art and have managed to keep it sacred—something I do for myself. It is for pure pleasure and processing thoughts and feelings.

One day my daughter had a new pal around and she was proudly showing her all of my artwork and her friend thought they were amazing and asked if I was an artist. My daughter looked at me and I didn’t know how to respond. I mulled this over and realised I would like to explore this further and would commit to the 100daysproject to see how I felt after 100 days of creativity about calling myself an artist.

So I began, one pen drawing a day. No pencils, as I wanted to learn that mistakes didn’t matter. It was great, each week brought more confidence and doing it with others really helped me be accountable.  It wasn’t linear—there were moments when my confidence dipped and I would want to make excuses to stop. I had to wiggle my way through finding my own practice, not care what other’s thought but also be fuelled by the community and public sharing. Within the small group of 100daysproject through Tribe Porty, we encouraged each other and on the days I didn’t feel like making the effort, I showed up for them. It quickly became something I looked forward doing at the end of the night.

The practice became a meditative ritual and also led me to find the local community in 100 Days Project Scotland. 

Now reaching the end of this year, it has been once again, transformational.

Here are some of the first drawings for my first 100 days.

By the end of the 100 days, I called myself an artist. I maintained that art was for myself and no anyone else but the encouragement was also welcomed. it felt good and I was hooked.

Year Two

This time I tightened my brief a bit. Again using pen but stuck to portraits and played more with lines. I really enjoyed the therapeutic benefits of drawing so many lines. By the end of the second 100 days, I was confident enough to do even paint a large mural.  Here are some drawings and a picture of part of the mural.  One drawing also ended up as a tattoo on my arm.

ink drawing of a woman with a bird on her shoulder

 

Year Three

This year was different because I started experimenting with drawing on the ipad, something I never thought I would like but I do and in love with quite quickly.

I set myself a goal to get some printed and even went on to create Capturing Dani a website and shop with prints and postcards. I received commissions and now draw illustrations more than on paper.

 

2021 has been transformational

This year I decided to combine the creative process with gratitude and would draw a part of my body and give thanks. After almost two years of chronic pain, multiple exploratory procedures and fatigue. Every day has been a surprise- nothing has been planned and I have changed the way I see myself.

Just over halfway through, something changed how I looked at myself. I found a new level of acceptance of the good and of the imperfections. I looked at myself the way I would look at a body in a live drawing class. Admiring the curves and not viewing with critical eyes.

 

8 more illustrations to go

I am a bit behind and realise this is for a few reasons. Firstly, I have been busy with a family wedding and work. Secondly, I don’t want it to end and thirdly, I haven’t figured out how to carry on with some sort of practice.
I have learned a few big lessons about what the 100 days of showing up does for me.
-It’s not a talent- its just doing the work. The practice that is the magic.
-Learning from the work is different than learning from the outcome.
-My body is amazing, despite all of the issues, injuries and insults to it, it keeps going and has taken me so many places.
I am so grateful for this practice, the 100days community and for this body which offers limitless exploration.
  

Perfect Gifts

Tribe Porty Member Makers

 

Give the Gift of Juggling for Christmas!

Offer the aspiring juggler in your life all the kit and skills they need to learn to juggle a three ball cascade, as part of an exclusive Learn to Juggle intensive learning experience this January. Our gift set is perfect for any would-be-juggler (we recommended it for ages 8 and upwards). There are Juggling Gift for One and
Juggling Gift for Two.

MORE HERE

 

Adopt a Tool this Christmas! 

Each one of our tools plays a part in supporting the local community – from our Tools for Life program which mentors and trains disadvantaged youth, to our most borrowed tools which not only help houses become homes, but help the planet with their carbon footprint too.

Whether it’s your way of giving back, a gift for a tool-loving companion, choose the tool you want to adopt, pick a donation plan that suits you and together, let’s build a shared future. Adopt here.

You can also, Gift the experience of working with your hands and making something new out of everyday materials. This pre-recorded workshop is £5 and will be available from Nov. 28th – Jan 31st.

Last but not least, memberships to the Tool Library make excellent gifts!

 

Give the Gift of Healing

Would you like to help someone clear away the energies of 2020? Check out root at the link below and get in touch with Molly Shanahan if you would like to gift a shamanic healing or energy healing session to a friend or family member. It is a great way to release this year and step anew into 2021!

MORE HERE

 

Prints from Kirkcudbright

Limited Edition Prints from Kirkcudbright, Portobello and Falkland books are available via Peter’s etsy shop along with the books themselves. peterjoneshouses on Etsy

House Portrait and Book Portrait gift vouchers are also possible, please contact Peter directly with your enquiry here.

 

Cards worth Talking About

IL Design Studio has designed a series of cards to highlight the subject of men’s mental health and the view that men have greater difficulty talking about their feelings and struggles than women do. The aim is to encourage men to talk, express their true feelings, be there for each other and never feel afraid to speak up or ask for help.

All orders over £10.00 receive a 10% discount. Code: THANKS10

Order HERE

 

Capturing Dani

On the back of my last #100dayproject drawings, I have created lots of illustrated prints. There are 30×30 prints and three sets of 8 different postcards available. To order, go to Capturingdani.com and use TRIBE for a 20% discount on all purchases.

See more here.

 

Pilates with The Pilates Studio

Click here or email Sabrina@thepilatesstudioedinburgh.co.uk to buy gift vouchers for:

Find out more here.

 

Jenny Pope

Jenny Pope, artist and coach, is offering a one off Coaching sessions for £60 – making it an ideal gift to someone who wants to start 2021 with a plan, to review what 2020 has meant and what to take forward into the new year.

Jenny is also offering Collage Kits for £10 each plus p&p, a hand curated collection of beautiful papers to create your own special artworks.

For more info and to purchase go here.

 

Photography Workshops

Supportive photography workshops led by professional photographer, community collaborator and experienced educator Alicia Bruce. Full-day courses also have complimentary hot drinks from Little Green Van and Civerinos pizza delivered for lunch. There’s also new 90min morning and evening photo walks.

Gift vouchers available here.

 

Seascapes

Photographer, Jo Tennant’s, fine art seascapes can be bought here – shot from the sea in Porty and off the west coast of Scotland- they make a beautiful present for the sea swimmers, sea lovers and selkies in your life.

 

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