In the wake of another semester and on the eve of my last year as an undergraduate, I find myself in a space of needing to, wanting to, retreat into a place without words. As an anthropology student, almost everything I do seems language-intensive and analytic. I love it, but at the end of the semester, I tend to feel as though I have had one too many Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters. Studying anthropology is like having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped around a large, gold brick. In lieu of searching out support organizations that might exist to help me rehabilitate (hint: there are none), I have retreated into a spiritual practice that is, for the most part, wordless.
Some time this year, I discovered South African painter Lorraine Loots and her exquisite watercolor miniature project, 365: Postcards for Ants. As a watercolorist myself, I was completely enchanted by Loots’ work. And it occurred to me that the a project like this would make for a brilliant escape from having my brains smashed out.
So, here’s the deal. The composition area for these paintings is a 1-inch diameter circle. The whole painting, start to finish, should be completed within an hour. One a day for 365 days. That’s it.
Here’s Day 1.
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