2.25.2015

The 100 Artworks Challenge

Are you going to keep dreaming about being an artist or are you going to do something about it? The only way to be an artist is to make art. Lots of it. Maybe you have, or maybe you need to start, either way it’s time to do the work and let your voice be heard. I just wrote THIS post where we talked about finding your voice as an artist and I said “Paint 100 Paintings!” Some of you heard the call and are ready to take action so I am starting an official challenge. **The start date may have past, but the challenge is ongoing - you may join at any time because this group isn't going anywhere!**
Will you join me?

Here’s the Challenge: Create 100 small works of art at a pace you feel comfortable. Share them with the world. Watch yourself grow. Feel good.
That’s all this is really about. So, let’s start small, under 8 inches. Maybe on paper, keep it easy. Use your favorite supplies or try something new. Paint or draw something you’re familiar with or stretch yourself with something new...the only requirement is to repeat the same parameters for the whole 100 artworks so you can see development and change in yourself as an artist through working out one idea in a series.

**New post to help with this project can be found HERE.**

Are you struggling to find ideas? Or need some inspiration to begin. I made this PINTEREST board to help us get started!
Try to work every day or at least several times a week and then share the work through social media, a blog or with your best friend in private, but share your work. And ask for feedback. And if you really feel like you're on fire, offer your work for sale. But don't quit until the work is done!


Start with an idea and build a series with the 100 Artworks Challenge at artistwriterdreamer.com with Kellee Wynne Conrad

I'm going to help YOU!


First! Sign up for my "Creative Launch for Artists" 
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Next, I’d love to feature your work and progress here on the blog. Let me know in the comments that you accept the challenge. Show your progress and I will share what other “100” artists are doing right here in a future post!
AND...I've begun a private group, The {100} Artists, on Facebook to help share progress and get feedback from a group setting. Please make a request to join in the fun and I will add you as a {100} Artist!


“Everybody I know who does interesting, creative work they went through years where they had really good taste and they could tell that what they were making wasn't as good as they wanted it to be. They knew it fell short. Everybody goes through that.
And if you are just starting out or if you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Do a huge volume of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week or every month you know you’re going to finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you’re going to catch up and close that gap. And the work you’re making will be as good as your ambitions.” Ira Glass of This American Life

117 comments:

  1. Although I have a brand new art studio that I worked very hard to set up, I have had a hard time starting work. This will give me a start date and a focus and motivation. I accept. Thanks, Kelli!!!

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    1. Yay for a push! I'm so happy you've joined the group!

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    1. Nice to meet you Lori, can't wait to see what comes of this challenge!

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  3. Oh...I'm so tempted......


    ok..I'm in Kellee!!!

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    1. Super!!! You're faces will be such a lovely addition to the group!

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  4. I'm in. Just the push I need to really concentrate on a series.

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    1. Hi Marcy! Join the Facebook group and we can work together! So glad to have you. :)

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  5. im in, to be frank with you i need a kick up the but to get started and someone looking over my shoulder to maintain the flow!

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    1. Don't we all need this kick in the pants!? I guess that's why I started this challenge. Did you join the FB group yet?

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  6. I accept the challenge!

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    1. Thank you Ruth. I saw you joined the FB group!

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  7. Ok. This is good. I'm in!

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    1. Another artist in the group! Yes!

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  8. Can't wait to get started I needed a kick start

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    1. Yep, totally need a kick start..that's why we're doing it!

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    1. Hi Julie! Thank you and don't forget to join the FB group!

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    2. Ooops, you did! Thanks!

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  10. Yes please, sounds great!

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    1. Super, see you and your art soon!

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad the idea works for you!

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  12. This is serendipity! I'd love to join in!

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    1. Don't you love when things happen at just the right time!?

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    1. Thank you and did you join the FB group?

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  14. I'm in. Let's make art! Let's rock!!!

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    1. Yes, let's ROCK. Are you rocking in the FB group?

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    2. I found you! Can't wait to see your work. :)

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  15. I already have a lot on my plate but I am up for this challenge bcos I love art and I want to try , find time to accommodate it . I love what u have written here as well as previous post. I can relate to it . Thank u for the awesome challenge. I subscribed for emails too. I would be needing your help I guess.

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    1. I'm so happy you are taking the chance on this challenge! I'll be there to help and so will the group!

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  16. I'm in! Now to find places for 100 new art works in my over burgeoning home studio! :)

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    1. Well, makers gonna make and soon not a spot is safe or free from art! Happy to have you in the group!

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    1. Yay Claudia! Looking forward to it!

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  18. This is what I need! Thanks for the challenge!

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    1. I'm so happy you found this challenge! :)

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  19. I'd like to join in, I need this.

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    1. Super! Glad to have you Karen!

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  20. I would love to join!

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    1. Excellent! Have you joined the FB group?

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  21. I'd like to join too, fits in with my personal goal to paint daily.

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    1. Hi Phred, did you just make a new account for the FB group? If so, I would like more information about you before I add you to the closed group. Thank you so much!

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  22. I have subscribed and asked to join the fb group.

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  23. I miss making art. I'm going to join in!

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  24. I need this challenge in my life! Can't wait!

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  25. Hi Kellee, only saw this in the comments, I am very happy to accept the challenge. :)

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  26. I'm in! This sounds so fun!

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  27. Challenge accepted. Oh, how I need this -- so very much. :-)

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  28. I'm in! Truly hope to finish it too :)
    Thank you very much for doing this ♥

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  29. I'm IN!! Joined the FB group first and now the blog!!! Loving it all!

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  30. Welp, I lost the post. I will give it a go. Starting March 15. I do paint in spurts. Nothing for a while then gang busters. Maybe this will give me some incentive to get back to work on a regular basis.

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  31. I'm in on the challenge - can't wait! Thanks...

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  32. I'm excited. I recently started painting again and had no clue where to go from here, now I have a goal in mind. I'm in!

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  33. This is great Kellee! Can't wait, thanks for setting it up!

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  34. This came to me at just the right time - I'm in!

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  35. I accept!! Can't wait!

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  36. I'd love to join too!

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  37. I'm ready to go! My studio is being redecorated as we speak so it may be a slow start but I'll do it!

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  38. I am willingand ready to go with this challenge thank you....

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  39. i'm in...and excited about it!!

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  40. This is just the kick start I need to get out of my slump!

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  41. I'm in, too! I've done 30 in 30 and ready to commit to 100. Let's go!

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  42. I landed here via Megan Gray. I can't promise 100 in 100 days but we'll see what happens.

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  43. I am going to do this!!! I have been floundering and I need a push. THANK YOU!

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  44. Please count me in! This is such a great idea and I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone's work :)

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  45. I will try this too. looks fun

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  46. I'm in! Love this challenge. Thank You!

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  47. I'm accept. Just what I need to get my butt creating. :)

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  48. I'm in! Thanks for the invite!

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  49. Sounds like an awesome idea. Even though I am late ... I still wanna join. :-) The crazy thing for me is, I do work as an artist, yet the actual work of "art making" always takes a back seat. There is always so much other stuff to do ... write blogposts, newsletters, fill orders, research, ... and while all those are important, they are not why I want to be an artist. I wanna MAKE art. So, this challenge sounds just like what I need. Will be thinking of my parameters ... and dig in my supply box. :-)

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  50. Yes please I am joining too. Great idea Kelle.

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  51. *takes a deep breath* Ok I'm in!

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  52. you can count me in, I ready to commit

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  53. sounds like a great idea. I think I'd like to do 100 nature abstracts/semi abstracts as this is something I have difficulty with

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  54. I'm in! I'm going for 100 faces (2x5 book page marker size). I already joined the FB group :)

    -Annie

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  55. HI
    I'm in, can't wait to get started
    Lynne

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  56. I'm in Kellee. I apparently I've already started without even knowing. We are so on the same page girl!

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  57. I'm joining late but this is just what I need after a creative slump. Thank you!!

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  58. I accept! Found this challenge on CreationsCeecee 's YT channel. Brilliant! Thank you :)

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  59. I accept. I also found this challenge from CeeCee's channel. just subscribed, and will join the FB. group. Thank you Kellee.

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  60. I accept! Thank you for your inspiration and that great idea to develop and improve an own way of making art!

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  61. I'm in! I found you through Emily Jeffords IG class and FB page. This is exactly what I need right now to get focused and motivated. Thanks!

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  62. I'm in! I work full time, so this is perfect for me with no deadlines, I can work at my own pace and start out on a smaller scale. I found this challenge through one of my friends blogs. Will join FB group and subscribe. Thanks!

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  63. Is it ironic that I'm the 100th comment? I'm willing to give this one a go. I need the motivation and I have an idea in mind. It may take me some time as I'm currently working, home businessing and mum, but there is no time like the present. So perhaps I will give myself until the end of the year.

    Thanks for this opportunity.

    Best wishes,
    Liz

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  64. I will love to participate. I accept the challenge. Yeap!!!!!!!

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  65. Count me in! This is a wonderful idea to get the creative juices flowing.

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    1. I've sent a request to join the facebook group, but my facebook name is Suzanne Chaumont (my married name)...thanks!

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  66. Dear Kellee
    I would like to join!! Thanks!!

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  67. I accept the challenge. I am wanting to return to study next year and I am planning to do my Bachelor of Arts and I have been looking at ways to develop a great portfolio, I love this idea :-)

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  68. Hi Kellee, I'm in too ! I just joined the FB group =)

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  69. Wow - I accept... whew! j

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  70. I started a 100 paintings challenge on my own the first of the month (July) and I have fallen off the wagon. I am using your challenge and community to challenge myself to get back on that wagon!!!

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  71. I started a 100 paintings challenge on my own the first of the month (July) and I have fallen off the wagon. I am using your challenge and community to challenge myself to get back on that wagon!!!

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  72. Please accept this comment as a signed contract :)

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  73. It's late but I just found your blog / fb group. I'd like to accept your challenge!

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  74. Just found you. Thanks so much for doing this; it's exactly what I needed! I accept this wonderful challenge.

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