Day 100 – 100 Day Project

Day 100 of 100 Day Project

100 Day Project – I did it! I set out to create backgrounds and add meaningful quotes to the art. I learned a few things along the way.

  1. I do not enjoy lettering as much as I thought! I switched back and forth between hand letters and using fonts from the computer on a photo of my artwork.
  2. Quotes are “da bomb”! The quotes that speak to me the most were often then quotes that spoke to others. It was interesting to see the response to the quotes from family and friends.
  3. Clowns creep some people out! I did one piece with a clown and heard from most people that clowns are creepy. Admittedly my clown was a bit creepy even for me.
  4. This was a great project for me to stay engaged and creating. I created using many different mediums; water color, ink, acrylic, collage, Dylusions Ink Sprays, Distress Ink Pads, and a few with photos. The process was fun, fun, fun.
  5. Art is a practice – a very meaningful, fulfilling practice. The practice of creation is something I wish we could ALL practice. The simple act of placing color on a page is a meditation.
  6. There were so many fabulous wonderful artists who participated! Each day I would discover a new artist whose work I admired. Knowing so many others were showing up each day inspired me to continue.
  7. Comments from others encouraged me to no end. The people who took the time to comments have no idea how much that means. I’ve started commenting more IG and FB rather than just ‘liking’ something. Those few words would make my day when I received them.
  8. There is inspiration everywhere! I would find a quote on someone’s FB page or in a magazine I was reading at the doctor’s office. And the backgrounds came from EVERYWHERE! This project had me really looking at what was in front of me. It brought an awareness to my process that I am truly thankful for.
  9. I’m not going to ‘like or love’ every piece I do. There were a few that I just wasn’t thrilled with. But I kept going knowing the the next one had the potential to be better. Who said, “You’ve got to create a lot of bad work before you create something wonderful?” Or something like that?
  10. Seeing all the pieces I did together is gratifying! And to see others entire grouping is inspiring. You can see all my pieces in the IG feed below or search in IG for #choosejoystudio100dayproject

Would you be interested is one of the pieces I created? I’m printing some of them and will be adding to my Etsy site soon. If you are interested in the originals please direct message me on IG or FB.

Thank you for traveling along with me for this 100 Day Journey!

A few of my favorites
Soon to be in my Etsy shop!

July Summer Fun #10DCAC

Lynne and I hosted our first IG live video last night. It was a fun experience. I was a bit nervous. That whole thought of talking in front of people! Yikes! But I enjoyed it and Lynne did great!

We presented the two prompts for this weeks #10DCAC. We’re hoping we can connect and create with YOU! Post your responses by Sunday and let us see what you come up with! It’s so much more fun to create with a group!c You can post on FB or IG. Use #10DCAC to make sure we see it. We would love to host a showcase the first of August of all the wonderful art created by you with these prompts!

Prompt 1 – Sunsets –

What a great prompt! I just got back from a week at the beach and watched the sun rise each morning. Lynne spent a week at a beach and got to watch the sun set each evening! Someday I’d like to go to Key West and sit and watch both. I’m going to get my paints out today and paint a sunset. Lynne reminded of the the Dylusions Ink sprays and I may pull them out to play with as well. Check out Lynne’s blog for a post about Sunsets!

Prompt 2 – Create with Black and White –

While I was at the beach I saw tons of turtle nests on the beach. The beach patrol had them cordoned off with tape to keep them safe. I have always wanted to see a turtle nest or even more watch the hatchlings as they go back to the water. Maybe next year!

This led me to want to create a turtle. As I was thinking on that I came across some leftover pads of black and white patterned paper from a project I did a few years ago.

Sea Turtle

This little fellow appeared and now I’m thinking I will add some color to it!I will post my finished turtle tomorrow. Post your art tomorrow too! If you are interested in a template of my turtle I have one in a PDF format that I am sharing. I hope to use my template to create many more turtles. I’m envisioning a sea filled with turtles somehow!

Thanks for being a part of #10DCAC!

Summer Fun


I was quiet the last part of June. Spent some time at the beach – watching the sun rise each morning, walking in the sand, kayaking, watching the dolphins and the many pelicans, and enjoying time with my family. It was wonderful in all ways.

I took my watercolors and a small journal with me to play with.

Getting back into the ‘normal’ swing of things at home this week. Looking forward to Friday, July 5. Lynne and I are changing up the #10DCAC this month. We’ll be doing FB or IG live on Friday’s with a few prompts and then posting our art on Sundays. Hoping YOU will join us! Don’t be shy! Come and play. Everyone enjoys seeing what you create!

June #10DCAC –

Choose Joy Studio – Prompts for June #10DCAC

Thought I’d share my responses to the prompts for June. Hope you can join in next month! Lynne and I will be back July 1 with more prompts. Share the creativity!

#10DCAC June 9 Birds & Bees

Photo by Gail Higgins Photography

I love macro photography. I love to see things UP CLOSE and marvel at the beauty of an ant or a bee or a weed. One photographer who gets the best photos of birds, insects, bees and flowers is Gail Higgins. Her IG account is filled with fabulous photos of birds, bees, insects, flowers. You should follow her! She is doing a 100 Day Project of macro photography.

Photo by J M Neely Photography

Did you know that bees sleep? I was so intrigued when I saw this sweet photo I had to go research! I had just never considered it before.

Bees can symbolize being ‘busy as a bee’ or being a Messenger. Having you heard of the tradition of “Telling the Bees”?

“This is where the beekeeper treated their bees as extended members of their own family and kept informed of any family news in the household. Beekeepers also needed to talk to the bees in calm voices and never use harsh words for fear of upsetting the bees. Marriages, new births and especially deaths were marked by decorating the hive and telling the bees what had happened.”

I’m not sure what I’ll do in my art journal for this prompt yet! I’m filled with ideas and information. What can you come up with? Hope you are enjoying the prompts this month! Lynne with Open Hearts Studio and I love seeing what you do with them.

#10DCAC June 7

The Livin’ Is Easy

Summertime –

This song, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, George Gershwin. Oh my . . .

Nothing better. Grab your art journal, a piece a paper, your favorite colors, (I used oil pastels) and take a few minutes to listen. Let your mind follow the rhythm, the melody and let your hands dance with the page.

Hoping you share with Lynne and I. Use #10DCAC on IG or share on Facebook. We are happy to have you join us on this monthly journey of choosing art!

#10DCAC June 5 –

Sandcastles & Seashells

June brings me a sense of freedom. I did not grow up near the ocean but June feels like the month for sandcastles, the beach and seashells! I actually lived in the Southwest until my late 20’s. The sandcastle you see in the photo was given to me for my desk when I worked at an office with no windows! I loved this piece of sand and what it represented. I would dream of visiting a beach and listening to the waves crash.

Now I live close to the beach. I don’t get to the beach near enough but this year my goal is to go and wander and spend time with the sand and water.

What memories do you have of sandcastles and seashells?

What brings you that sense of freedom?

#10DCAC June Prompt 3 – Ladders to Nowhere

Buddha’s Ladder
Artist – Paul Fullerton

Day 3 of #10DCAC

Also seen on my unexpected trip to UF in Gainesville, FL was this piece. I had not ever heard of Buddha’s Ladder. And the name is not what drew me it was the blue, blue sky behind the sculpture. Reminded me of the skies in New Mexico. Which led me to think of Georgia O’Keefe and her ladder in the sky. Then I noticed the name of the piece and then I noticed the spiral in Buddha’s ladder! Spirals appear often in my art.

Ladders to Nowhere – transitioning from one time in your life to another. We each have these transitions occur. What do you do when your life is in transition? I’d be curious to know. And what does this prompt bring up in your art medium?

Share if you can. Use #10DCAC on IG or Facebook. I’ll be back to post my art! Can’t wait to see yours!

#10DCAC June 1 – MASK

Mask – Harn Museum (University of Florida)


I took an unexpected trip to Gainesville, FL yesterday. I had some time and was able to visit the Harn Museum of Art. It has been quite a while since my last visit. I love to wander in museums. And I love that very LOUD quiet that exists when people are visiting. Do you know what I mean? No one talking or if they are it is just in whispers. The only sound I heard was the quiet tip-tap of feet occasionally on the wood floors. I made my way to the African Collection and became fascinated with their collection of masks. They had so many but the one above struck me the most. I loved the simple clean lines – not ornate. Striking in its simplicity.

#10DCAC Prompt 1 – Mask

Welcome to #10DCAC! Lynne and I are committed to sharing our love of choosing art every day and hope you will join us this month. We will have a prompt each day. We take turns with the prompts and post about them.

And you can play along! Just create something with the prompt given. It can be a journal page, a painting, a photo, a sketch, anything YOU feel like creating. We’d love to have your company and your creations. She and I post on Instagram and Facebook with the #10DCAC. If you feel a bit shy about sharing your creation we do have a private Facebook group. Or you can send it to us via email. It is fun to see what others come up with using the same prompt and it is just a 10 Day challenge each month. I know it can be difficult to stay with the longer challenges that are out there but 10 days is doable! And you get to choose art each day!

Hoping you play along. I’m off to create with today’s prompt.

What comes to YOUR mind when you think of Mask?

Mask #10DCAC June 1

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Woohoo! A new design on the website! I have to share that I am NOT a web designer! I struggle mightily with technology! And WordPress is way more difficult than I had imagined!

So, this will be a work in progress. Hoping to learn as I go. I’m looking for a clean, simple look to my site and my blog. Wish me luck!