101 Paintings in 101 Days
101 Reasons to Explore The Chula Vista Nature Center
by Cherry Sweig
"Over twenty years ago, I discovered this extraordinary nature center and it won my heart as an artist. First on exhibit, were my Japanese Gyotaku nature artworks followed by watercolors and oils featuring local wildflowers, California coastlines and international travels.
While looking for a new series that would celebrate this amazing facilty, I searched for a meaningful theme with a powerful message. Dedicating 101 days to paint 101 artworks was the answer. The everchanging imagery, captivating wildlife and migratory subjects provided endless inspirations.
Painting this consecutive challenge was a memorable acheivement. Like practicing musical scales on a flute, to paint every day takes devotion and endurance. I found the rewards spectacular. Color interactions, brushstroke effects and compositional designs were elements that I witnessed evolve to new levels. It was a joy to experience and is now visually exciting to gaze back over the entire project."
Profits from the sales of the original artworks and this book will be donated to the exhibits and operations of The Chula Vista Nature Center.
Dedicating a lifetime to art has now come full circle after careers in Graphic Design, Sega Video Games and the Japanese art of Gyotaku. During travels to Europe, I rediscovered that rare spontaneity from painting outdoors (En Plein Air) as I had explored in my childhood. The touch of the brush, the texture of paint and the excitement of recreating memories onto canvas became my focus once again.
101 Paintings in 101 Days Published October 07, 2011