Drawing 100 temples.
That’s a daunting task, you might say. You’d be right. It’s slightly ridiculous. Yet, here I am, in the middle of #the100dayproject, committed to drawing 100 temples.
Who’s idea was that?!
I will tell you… it wasn’t mine.
Let’s start at the beginning shall we?
What IS #the100dayproject?
It’s simple, really. You pick something – literally anything – and you do it for 100 days. It’s a creative challenge and most people do it to fuel some arty goal or desire they have (like making a new habit, discovering their artistic voice, learning a new medium, you get the idea).
This is my 5th year doing it. Wow, that even sounds crazy to me! Granted, I didn’t finish all 100 days every year, and to be honest, I haven’t been as hardcore this year either – that’s a different story. But the question is how did I decide on temples?
At the end of last year, “they,” the great planners of the project, decided to move the start date from April to January 31st, giving us something to get us through the winter. So I started thinking and wondering what I could do. I already had a lot I was trying to do with my business, illustrating maps and home portraits and stuff. I was getting plenty of orders and I was really loving it AND I was doing creative things regularly.
So I didn’t really need something creative for this project, but I just wanted to do it.
My first thought was to doodle a plant every day. Just something simple. Something I could do in five minutes and it would give me a plethora of doodled plants to use in my artwork. That sounded pretty solid to me.
But God had a different idea. He always does for me. Always.
One night, I was lying in bed trying to sleep and thinking about how I was going to lay this out in my bullet journal (because I’m weird like that and I daydream of bullet journal layouts). It was going to be beautiful.
-Insert divine intervention here –
The idea of doodled temples literally POPPED into my head.
And then it wouldn’t go away. And the next day and the day after that, it was all I could think of.
WHY?! That was not going to take me five minutes and I was already trying to do so many other things!! I needed something small, something short, something I could commit to! But I couldn’t let it go.
And Heavenly Father kept telling me during my scripture study and prayers, and whatever else I was doing:
Focus on the temples. Focus on the temples.
And so I decided. I guess I would do it. I drew a couple the week before the project started to see how long it would take me (over an hour!) and to figure how I wanted to do these. It felt good, drawing a temple. I liked drawing them, and the style I decided to go with really looked better than I hoped and I loved it.
And that was the pivot point.
In my life. In my business. It was a serious pivot.
A pivot from doing what I wanted to do, to doing what the Lord wanted me to do. A pivot from making art because I like to, to making art because it means something. A pivot from a cliche goal of “cherishing the past,” to actually bringing families together by shifting my focus to temple and family history work.
If you’re here because you like art, that’s so sweet of you; thanks for being my fan. But if you want to take a journey with me to make bring families together (yours or others), then this is going to be really awesome!