On April 2, 2019 I started doing a portrait a day on 3 x 3 inch white post-its. Simple materials: charcoal, blending stump, kneaded eraser and spray fixative.
It was supposed to be an exercise in momentum, process, ditching detail and preciousness. My contribution to the 100 Day Project, a worldwide creative challenge anyone can join every year in Spring. The resulting ephemeral little things, produced in fifteen minutes or less, were perfectly suited for Instagram.
By a few weeks in, they started to gather steam and meaning. Fifteen minutes morphed into half an hour and more. I found myself drawn to inspiration shots of women, and wanted to see how much of their inner lives could be packed into a 3 x 3 inch square. Little women - consigned to tiny spaces yet demanding to be seen in full.
Dozens are posted on my Instagram feed. Below are a sampling.
Big gratitude to the Sktchy app - where folks post selfies for artists to use as reference material. I’ve contacted the women who’s photos I’ve used as inspiration and attributed them below. Some of these images are from street photographs I’ve taken. All are charcoal on 3 x 3 inch white post its.