Last year, we met Lorraine Loots just starting off her ‘365 Paintings for Ants’ project. Over the year, she has completed her goal, exhibited the works and distributed the teeny paintings to their owners. Her paintings which are smaller than a thumb nail display the amount of focus and time that she spends on the intricate details, and the works at her exhibition were viewed through a magnifying glass.
This year, Lorraine has decided to re-do the 365 day challenge in celebration of Cape Town being the World Design Capital of 2014. Her project re-titled ‘365 Postcards for Ants’ will illustrate the natural beauty, landscapes and people that live in Cape Town. In addition to the original painting, there will also be a chance to purchase a limited range of 5 postcards.
Here, Lorraine elaborates on her project:
How have the 365 day projects changed your life since you started at the beginning of 2013?
The projects have really changed my life in every way. What started out as a part-time endeavour quickly became a full-time job – so much so that I’m actually struggling to keep up with all the admin and work surrounding the project. I never expected any of this!
What do you enjoy most when painting and what is your motivation?
I love the way you get lost in a piece. Just zooming in on the detail and doing whatever you need to do to achieve a certain result – it’s very meditative. My motivation is the commitment I’ve made to painting something every day, and of course the desire to create something that someone will love.
How has the project challenged you?
I think the hardest part is the fact that I have to create something special every single day. There’s something very psychologically challenging about never having a day off. Oh, and the mountains of admin.
Do you have any routine when working?
I’m gradually getting into more of a routine. Up until very recently I’ve just been in a kind of flat spin, dealing with whatever presents itself and then moving on to the next thing without taking a moment. The paintings used to happen at the end of the day, when most other things have been put to rest. I’ve now realized that the paintings need to be the priority – everything else must wait.
Is there any specific theme you paint and draw around? Why?
This year, the themes are all connected to Cape Town. With it being selected as the World Design Capital for 2014, and with Table Mountain becoming one of the new 7 Wonders of the World, there’s been a lot of good energy around the city lately. I just felt like it was Cape Town’s time, and I wanted to embrace that somehow.
What advice do you live/paint by?
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London
How is the ‘365 Postcards For Ants’ project going? Do you have any favourites yet?
The year was off to a rough start, but I’m really getting into it and enjoying the project now. The apple I painted on the 8th of February has to be my favourite so far. I like the simplicity of it.
Where do you see yourself – and the project taking you – in the future?
I’ve always wanted it to become a traveling project somehow – but at the moment I’m just looking forward to taking a bit of a break after this.
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