Emily Mann of Decatur, Georgia is a fantastic artist and creative being and I was really excited when she started the 100 Day Project earlier this year. The project challenges all participants to create a new piece in one medium (like drawing, painting or photography) every day for 100 days straight. She stuck through it, dedicated herself to the creative process and tagged it every day on social media #100daysofinkandindigo.
All of her pieces are 6" x 6" originals that she sells on her online shop for $85 each. Each one is a combination of metallic ink over an abstract indigo painting. You can really feel the energy of some of her pieces as they have an optimistic quality and lightness to them, don't you think? And they don't feel simple, the layers and textures and where the movement sends your eye conjures thoughtfulness and complexity.
As expected, Emily learned about herself as an artist throughout this process. As she recently shared with me, "I came to appreciate that I can indeed stick with one body of work and not lose interest. Since much of my artwork is focused on custom designed commissions for hospitality projects, I tend to work in all different media, styles and scales and I wasn't sure how well I would do with this narrowly defined project. In fact, the parameters proved to be such a positive impetus for creating and I think I'll challenge myself to another project like this in the coming year!"
Bravo to Emily for starting the project and sticking through it until the very end. Like anything else, most people tend not to complete a challenge such as this as it takes discipline, determination, patience and a bit of grit. Some days were obviously harder than others but she didn't give up and it didn't hurt that the Instagram community from all over the world cheered her on. Emily, "I got a bunch of messages and emails from people who said it inspired them to pick up art again after a long time or to start their own #100Day Challenge and that is pretty amazing to me."
I especially love Emily's "Blue Discoveries" paintings which helped inspire her 100 day project. These original deep indigos she painted on heavy weight watercolor paper and are larger sized at 22" x 12" for $220 each. See her lovely shop of indigo goods here and if you're on Instagram, keep up with her creative doodlings and beautiful art pieces, here.