Getting Motivated

Genius is one percent inspiration
and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
Thomas Edison

My trip to Paris in May was so inspirational. A break from the routines of life and an opportunity to immerse myself in the works of so many artists. I took many photos and in the ensuing weeks one continued to intrigue me as a possible base for some art/paper work.

Monet’s Giverny gardens

Of course, it would be amazing if my life then allowed me to simply devote myself to a new art quilt. 🙂 However, in the real world I have many wonderful commitments tugging for my time…….to add to the mix, in June we added a new member to our household:

River, 9 weeks old

I think you can easily see how my ‘time for art’ was going to be seriously challenged! Enter the wonderful organization, Studio Art Quilt Associates, that I have belonged to for many years and played a tremendous role in getting me started in the field of art quilts. Their ‘Weekly Eblast’ for the last week in June mentioned an intriguing idea: “100 Days of Creativity on Facebook”. 

Beginning July 1, they were sponsoring a challenging to spend 100 days creating and reporting a photo each day to a private member Facebook site. Their guidelines were amazingly simple – post progress each day, the 100 days are divided into 10 blocks so one could define purposes for each of the 10 blocks or one purpose for the entire period, or design your own process.

The serendipity of  this challenge is amazing. River has now been with us for one week and a commitment to make a little progress each day on my “Japanese Maple Tree Project,’ as I have labeled it, is just what I need. 

While the Facebook posts are for challenge members only, I will also be sharing my photos on my Instagram account using #SAQA100days (a requirement of the challenge). So, if you want to check in on my success in sticking with the challenge, check my Instagram account (my username is judywar). I think you might also be able to access it by this link.  I expect this will turn out to be a fun challenge if I stay centered and appreciate that I might have to miss a day or two occasionally (allowed in the rules). I will try to also report in here on my blog from time to time. 🙂

Linking here to NinaMarie’s Off the Wall Friday blog.


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