Like most young girls nowadays, my five-year-old loves Disney’s Moana. From watching the movie dozens of times and remembering all the lines, to memorizing the entire soundtrack, you can tell that she is pretty much obsessed with the movie. She listens to all the songs in different languages, and can even name all the foreign singers!
When she requested for a special bento lunch the other week, I knew I had to put together a special surprise in her lunchbox.
Since my five-year-old is currently on summer break, we’ve been spending most days hanging out at home. We’ve been reading, watching movies, making art, and listening to music like there’s no tomorrow. We’ve had Wicked the Musical‘s album on repeat for almost two weeks, so I figured it was time to insert a little art into our current musical obsession.
Yesterday, I rummaged through my pantry staples to whip up a quick food art. Say hello to Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West.
Last year, I embarked on a 100 Day Project and challenged myself to make and create art every day. With my theme #100DaysOfArtByAnnings, I worked on nurturing my creativity using different mediums and styles. My first 50 days went by like a breeze, and I reached The Half-Way Mark July of 2016. The last half of the challenge took longer to finish than I had planned, missing some weeks, but finally, all done!
I am a self-confessed creative and an artist. I enjoy making and creating. But oftentimes I don’t get to touch my art supplies for days, sometimes even weeks. It’s always the excuse of being too busy, or getting caught in the whirlwind world of motherhood. There are always meals to cook, piles of laundry to do, a huge mess to clean up, or a class to drive the little girl to. Every day, there is always some reason not to make, and I wanted to change that.
It’s a celebration of process that encourages everyone to participate in 100 days of making. The great surrender is the process; showing up day after day is the goal. For the 100-Day Project, it’s not about fetishizing finished products—it’s about the process.
She further explains:
It is for anyone who is hungry to jump-start their creative practice, who is curious about being part of a community that celebrates process, and those who are busy with work and family commitments, but searching for a bite-sized way to play creatively.
She had me at “celebrating the process of creating.”