Mission Accomplished!

"Flashy", acrylic on 16" x 20" canvas

Day 365: “Flashy”, a cityscape

For my final piece, I finished up a cityscape I’d worked on a little bit previously. As I went over neon signage for the 5th or 6th time yesterday, it occurred to me that these flashy lights were probably from Broadway. I looked it up before I went to bed, and sure enough- “Condor” is San Francisco’s Original Gentleman’s Club. “Excellent,” I thought- “I’m finishing my project with titties.”

So I suppose it’s no surprise that my anxiety awoke me at 8 am today knowing I needed plenty of time to finish this up, considering I’d painted over the entire left side of it last night (you read that right- it was spiting me and I had to start over). I’ve wanted to paint this photo I took awhile back for a long time because it’s so bright and colorful. It’s ultimately color at the center of my art universe. I found a quote that I really enjoy:

โ€œColor is my day-long obsession, joy and tormentโ€- Claude Monet

I know exactly what he meant. And though I’ll still probably go in and add a couple of dabs and dots here and there when I see “Flashy” in the daylight again tomorrow {and update this with a better photo}, it’s essentially finished- just like this project!

I am relieved to have actually made it through this thing- to be honest, I did doubt that I’d actually get something made and posted every single day when I began. Through a wedding, the birth of my nephew, a trip to the emergency room, an audition/callback for a reality show, job changes and the many ups and downs of daily life, I’ve managed to take photos, make drawings, carve linocuts, put together jewelry, stitch fabric, craft sculptures, write poems, paint… and paint and paint and paint and paint…. and post new work every single day for a year. Please excuse me while I toot my own horn. *Toot-tootle-toooooot!!!*

I have learned so much about myself as an artist- I’ve honed my technical skill, discovered unexpected sources of inspiration, played around with my aesthetic, conquered new media and even sold quite a few pieces along the way.

I have learned so much about myself as a person- I’m more tenacious than I thought, I’ve found that artmaking is in fact therapeutic and essentially meditative for me, and I feel so very aligned with what I consider to be the universe’s purpose for me.

And I am eternally thankful for my friends, family and fans- who have been here for me with words of encouragement and support when I found myself sulking or beating my head into my studio table. I’d like to say a special thanks to my husband Rob for never getting upset over the long hours in the studio or at the computer, to my faithful camera for making it through sticky wet paint hands and the occasional tumble, and to you guys- my blog readers- who have really made this journey feel worthwhile with your thoughtful comments. Thank you so much!!!

ArtProject2010.info will continue as my art blog, so while I won’t be back with a new piece tomorrow, I will be back soon. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy New Year, everyone!


16 thoughts on “Mission Accomplished!

  1. Geri....Mom says:

    I am so proud of you. I will truly miss your art and words. I looked forward to them every single day. It was my way of checking in on you without checking in on you. Flashy is all that. What a wonderful way to wrap up 2010.


  2. Sid fletcher says:

    Happy New Year and WELL DONE
    I have been following the project since september and you are an inspiration to us all out here, there must have been moments when you would have thought f..k it and jacked it in but you have persevered on regardless. You have every right to be proud of your acheivment – make sure you enjoy some well earned time out!
    Once again well done
    sidfletcher/ towerblockmetal


  3. Auntie Shelli says:

    Uncle Jack and I are SO proud of you! Always big fans of your work, we enjoyed checking in to see what you created each day. We admire your talent, your inspiration and sticktoitivness with this project. Love you… Auntie Shelli & Uncle Jack


  4. Kim says:

    Congratulations! I’ve been following your project since your upcycled book collage on Instructibles (stole that idea, by the way) and I’ve enjoyed very much having a little prize in my inbox each day. Good for you, and thank you too! It’s been a pleasure, a light spot in the day, and an insiration! I think you totally rock!
    Kim in Olympia, WA


  5. Rein says:

    I am so proud of you for sticking with this project and brightening so many peoples day with your beautiful works of art on a daily basis. I am really going to miss reading the funny thoughts that cross your mind! I hope you still keep it up after a well deserved break! Its been amazing Marianne and it was great seeing all of your ideas come to life ๐Ÿ™‚ You seriously rocked it this year!


  6. Christina says:

    What an absolute pleasure its been- THANK YOU for sharing and congrats on succeeding and making it through the entire year. This last piece is GORGEOUS. I love it. Happy New Year Marianne ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. Ann says:

    Congratulations for making it through a year of daily postings. I hope that you continue with your art and doing it every day.

    I’m a little concerned that there doesn’t seem to be any replies or postings past Dec. 31. I’m wondering what happened. Did you need to take a break? Or after this 365 challenge, this is it?

    I hope that it is the former and not the latter.

    But again- congratulations on a challenge that was lengthy and also demanding.


  8. Jonathan says:

    Marianne… you darling…. are a STAR!!!

    Your commitment, dedication and talent speak volumes and I just know this massive undertaking will continue to add fuel to the fire for future undertakings and inspirations.

    I’m really going to miss your daily creative sparks but will take comfort knowing that future illuminations are in the works. Looking back it’s got to feel pretty damn good to know that in a world where many are looking for the easy path you’ve clearly gone the extra mile…. hats off sista!

    Love and light!


  9. Nancy Nickle says:

    I am so impressed that you did it! I am sure there were days where you were too tired, uninspired, sick, or just did not want to do one more piece of art. But you pulled it off. Congratulations for a job well done!

    I see my piece I bought from you every day it is on my desk! It was great meeting you, we lives close.


    Nancy Nickle


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