Who’s doing the #100DayProject?

Once I started to get the emails about the #100DayProject this year, I considered participating, but didn’t really think that I would. I knew I wouldn’t do it unless it was something quick and something that I had a clear vision for. Nothing jumped to mind.

And then I went to New York.

Specifically, I want to the Museum of Modern Art. One of the exhibits had a few paintings from On Kawara’s “Today” series. Canvases with one color and a date splashed across.

I considered doing the same thing in a sketchbook, but that would require always having the sketchbook and paints with me and I know there will be times I’m away from home during the 100 days. I have a travel watercolor set, but still. There’s also the issue of color to use. I did some research on Kawara’s series and I didn’t see much about his use of color, other than he mixed paints on the day he painted. (What I did read is that he printed the date in the style and language of whatever country he was in when he did the painting and he typically made them all the same size, but there are some that vary in size if there was a big event in the world, like the moon landing.) Whenever I paint I tend to stick to blues and greens, so I knew I wasn’t going to vary much, especially during busy periods.

I spent about a week thinking through this idea. I even ordered a small sketchbook the day before the challenge was supposed to start. And then it hit me. I decided to combine my love of pictures of the sky with these date paintings. Each day I’ll take a picture of the sky, put it into Photoshop, and grab one of the dominant colors to create a second image with a wash of color. I also have a third file for each day: the color with the date written across, but I fell in love with the idea of being able to show off the skies and the colors during this 100 day period, so I decided not to include those in these wrap-up posts.

As I stated earlier, I knew this needed to be as easy possible, so I don’t have a list of rules to go along with it. But I’m trying to take the photos around the same time: as early in the day as possible. I’d say most of these were taken between 9:30 and 10:30 AM. Some of them were taken earlier, some of them were taken around noon. The latest I took one was around 3 PM. When I pull the “dominant” color, I tend to search the image and see what colors stand out. If there’s one patch of color that really grabs my eye when I look at the image I’ll go with that one. And once I see the color I know if it feels right. For instance, in one the clouds really were the dominant feature, but when I grabbed a color from the clouds I realized the most eye-catching color was the blue that appeared between them, so I went with the blue instead. The white/grey didn’t feel right. I debated whether or not I just wanted sky or if I wanted some trees mixed in. Eventually I decided there are days the photos need something to ground them… like tree branches. And it’ll be fun to see the trees change throughout the 100 days.

I ended up missing two days this month: April 12 and 21. Again, this is a fun and easy project so that’s fine. Also, I didn’t include the last photo from April. It would have been on its own and if I don’t miss more days I’ll end the project with 49 “swatches” of two. And without further ado, here are the Skies & Colors of April.

The Skies

A roundup of the #100DayProject for April. Taking inspiration from On Kawara's "Today" series, I'm doing the skies and colors of these 100 days. // dreams-etc.com
A roundup of the #100DayProject for April. Taking inspiration from On Kawara's "Today" series, I'm doing the skies and colors of these 100 days. // dreams-etc.com
A roundup of the #100DayProject for April. Taking inspiration from On Kawara's "Today" series, I'm doing the skies and colors of these 100 days. // dreams-etc.com
A roundup of the #100DayProject for April. Taking inspiration from On Kawara's "Today" series, I'm doing the skies and colors of these 100 days. // dreams-etc.com
A roundup of the #100DayProject for April. Taking inspiration from On Kawara's "Today" series, I'm doing the skies and colors of these 100 days. // dreams-etc.com
A roundup of the #100DayProject for April. Taking inspiration from On Kawara's "Today" series, I'm doing the skies and colors of these 100 days. // dreams-etc.com
A roundup of the #100DayProject for April. Taking inspiration from On Kawara's "Today" series, I'm doing the skies and colors of these 100 days. // dreams-etc.com
A roundup of the #100DayProject for April. Taking inspiration from On Kawara's "Today" series, I'm doing the skies and colors of these 100 days. // dreams-etc.com
A roundup of the #100DayProject for April. Taking inspiration from On Kawara's "Today" series, I'm doing the skies and colors of these 100 days. // dreams-etc.com
A roundup of the #100DayProject for April. Taking inspiration from On Kawara's "Today" series, I'm doing the skies and colors of these 100 days. // dreams-etc.com
A roundup of the #100DayProject for April. Taking inspiration from On Kawara's "Today" series, I'm doing the skies and colors of these 100 days. // dreams-etc.com
A roundup of the #100DayProject for April. Taking inspiration from On Kawara's "Today" series, I'm doing the skies and colors of these 100 days. // dreams-etc.com
A roundup of the #100DayProject for April. Taking inspiration from On Kawara's "Today" series, I'm doing the skies and colors of these 100 days. // dreams-etc.com

The Colors

A roundup of the #100DayProject for April. Taking inspiration from On Kawara's "Today" series, I'm doing the skies and colors of these 100 days. // dreams-etc.com
A roundup of the #100DayProject for April. Taking inspiration from On Kawara's "Today" series, I'm doing the skies and colors of these 100 days. // dreams-etc.com
A roundup of the #100DayProject for April. Taking inspiration from On Kawara's "Today" series, I'm doing the skies and colors of these 100 days. // dreams-etc.com
A roundup of the #100DayProject for April. Taking inspiration from On Kawara's "Today" series, I'm doing the skies and colors of these 100 days. // dreams-etc.com
A roundup of the #100DayProject for April. Taking inspiration from On Kawara's "Today" series, I'm doing the skies and colors of these 100 days. // dreams-etc.com
A roundup of the #100DayProject for April. Taking inspiration from On Kawara's "Today" series, I'm doing the skies and colors of these 100 days. // dreams-etc.com
A roundup of the #100DayProject for April. Taking inspiration from On Kawara's "Today" series, I'm doing the skies and colors of these 100 days. // dreams-etc.com
A roundup of the #100DayProject for April. Taking inspiration from On Kawara's "Today" series, I'm doing the skies and colors of these 100 days. // dreams-etc.com
A roundup of the #100DayProject for April. Taking inspiration from On Kawara's "Today" series, I'm doing the skies and colors of these 100 days. // dreams-etc.com
A roundup of the #100DayProject for April. Taking inspiration from On Kawara's "Today" series, I'm doing the skies and colors of these 100 days. // dreams-etc.com
A roundup of the #100DayProject for April. Taking inspiration from On Kawara's "Today" series, I'm doing the skies and colors of these 100 days. // dreams-etc.com
A roundup of the #100DayProject for April. Taking inspiration from On Kawara's "Today" series, I'm doing the skies and colors of these 100 days. // dreams-etc.com
A roundup of the #100DayProject for April. Taking inspiration from On Kawara's "Today" series, I'm doing the skies and colors of these 100 days. // dreams-etc.com

Are you doing the #100DayProject? I’d love to hear what you’re doing!

A roundup of the #100DayProject for April. Taking inspiration from On Kawara's "Today" series, I'm doing the skies and colors of these 100 days. // dreams-etc.com

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But my Uncle H and Aunt J were different. When my uncle was dying I was asked what some of my biggest memories were. This question came up again over the weekend. And there were so many to choose from. The biggest was, of course, sticky buns on Sunday morning. (And usually going to the store with him to get them.) There was also ✨ “driving” the tractor through the fields on the farm
✨ fishing during the summer
✨ trips to the store and getting a candy bar that I didn’t have to tell my parents about (but always did)
✨ talking about his Spanish classes
✨ “scaring the fish away” by talking, but he was fine with me talking anyway
✨ driving the boat...and starting to fill the boat with water when I went too fast, but he wasn’t upset
✨driving the golf cart around the golf course
✨ listening to his stories about his time in the army

He wasn’t a perfect man and I saw that once I was an adult. But for someone who was only close to one uncle growing up, he’s part of some of my best childhood memories. 💙
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The last time I was here it was cold and the ground was covered in snow. I said goodbye to my uncle. (That sentence still brings tears to my eyes.) Now it’s (slightly) warmer and the world is waking up after winter. This weekend I was thankful for 🌻 the chance to enjoy a beautiful view of Lake Michigan with my dog in my lap
🌻 a family brunch
🌻 followed by a family dinner the same day
🌻 fresh WI cheese curds
🌻 long talks with my cousin

What were you thankful for this weekend?
  • Lake Michigan was barely visible when we left this morning. It was fun to see how the view of lake changed each day—and throughout the day!—this weekend.
  • I guess I didn’t have to worry about whether or not the dogs would get along. 🤷🏻‍♀️😂
  • Hello, Lake Michigan. 👋🏼
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🐾 Asked my grandhuman for tummy rubs.
🐾 Realized my tummy rubs weren’t his priority. 🙄
🐾 Met two Doodles and my human pet one of them... so if you’d like a human, I’m getting rid of mine. No time for that kind of betrayal.
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