Arting for 365 Day 80: Cut Out for It

Day 80 (7/17/12): Cut Out for It

11 x 14″ Cut paper

Years back an acquaintance of mine let me know that my ink drawings reminded him a bit of a fantastic artist named Nikki McClure. While her work was cut paper, I think the style of our lines might have been what made a connection for him. I dug that he likened my work to hers, but had no desire to move in the paper cutting direction.

Since that time I have come upon the work of Beatrice Coron and a few others who happen to be amazingly talented cut paper artists. Inspired by the work they do and knowing that I need to push myself to experiment with new processes; I decided to take a crack it.

My initial attempt on this piece was so-so. I was desperately trying for precise, controlled lines with a big ‘ol box cutter like thing (I don’t recommend this but my exacto blade was dull). But after buying new blades to clean up my initial cuts and adding more detail, I found I loved the process. The challenge of manipulating the paper into intricate designs is fantastic! I’m pretty darned sure there will be more of these to come.

This original piece available for purchase.

Arting for 365 Day 53: Paperclip Music

Day 53 (6/20/12): Paperclip Music

5 x 7″ yupo paper

He’d seen all sorts of things made from paperclips – the breadth of which rarely went beyond diffusing bombs – but he had never seen anything quite like this.

The giant clip had been transformed into a musical instrument. Blanketing the atmosphere with F sharps and E flat minors, it stopped the average man dead in his tracks. Its melodies streaming, the old clip would never be looked at the same.

This piece available for purchase. Email me at micah@azzlsoft.com

Arting for 365 Day 46: Eggs in One Basket

Day 46 (6/13/12): Eggs in One Basket

24 x 36″ Ink and acrylic on canvas

Goal: To create one work of art each day for 365 consecutive days

Some of you avid followers may recall that I made a piece titled Subtleties on day 30 in which I experimented with painting using only light colors. That piece has been hanging out on my easel, wondering what to do with itself ever since. Subtleties, it seemed, just did not fit in at this house. It lacked any sort of personality and longed to be given attention. So yesterday, I did just that.

With the wise old saying, “Don’t put your eggs all in one basket” on my mind, I created the work for day 46. As I did so, I realized that while the saying is really quite true, sometimes it’s worth the risk to load up the basket and hope for the best.

This piece available for purchase at http://etsy.me/NlXCQI or by emailing me at micah@azzlsoft.com

Arting for 365 Day 39: Compartmentalized

Day 39 (6/6/12): Compartmentalized

6 x 6″ Ink on paper

Goal: To create one work of art each day for 365 consecutive days

I learned or reaffirmed four things yesterday:

1. If I feel groggy, have my short sleeves rolled up and am sweating, it might be time to turn on the AC.

2. Completing a smaller scale project (day 39′s piece) after spending hours on a multi-day project is a good challenge – not only for my brain but in reaching my goal.

3. Think twice before throwing any “trash” away. I nearly tossed the Ace discount card holder before realizing it would make a good stencil.

4. Many of the sound effects you hear during sporting events are designed. Check it out.

This piece available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/listing/101607292/compartmentalized-ink-drawing or by emailing me at micah@azzlsoft.com

Arting for 365 Day 38: Strings of Abstraction

Day 38: Strings of AbstractionGoal: To create one work of art each day for 365 consecutive days

We’ve been watching this really cheesy show called Eureka. It’s about a town full of super brainy scientists whose experiments frequently go awry and a regular-Joe sheriff. Initially I thought the show was awful, but I must admit it has grown on me – even if it is highly predictable.

Last night, while having dinner, we watched an episode about a big bang experiment. This for some reason got me thinking about string theory (something I hardly/don’t grasp). Then I came across a small watercolor I had done and remembered a drawing my sister-in-law had commented on that, when I thought of it again, made me think of string theory.

Day 38’s work is a watercolor and ink Eureka, universe, string theory inspired tryptic. I think what I enjoy most about the piece, is that after I was done with it, I no longer thought about science-y stuff, I just enjoyed the shapes and figures that seemed to appear in the work.

Note: This great TED talk on mulit-universes & string theory by Brian Greene put me the closest I’ve ever been to actually understanding what these two things are about.

Strings of Abstraction Img 1Strings of Abstraction Img 2Strings of Abstraction Img 3This work available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/listing/101522495/strings-of-abstracction-mixed-media or by contacting me at micah@azzlsoft.com

Arting for 365 Day 37: Winged

Day 36: WingedGoal: To create one work of art each day for 365 consecutive days

I brought my seed things with me to my parent’s house this last weekend, thinking they’d be a good out of town project to work on. I felt proud for remembering to pack them since typically I am really good at forgetting things. My pride quickly vanished as I realized that I had forgotten the acrylic coat that keeps the little guys preserved (or at least that’s my hope). But bringing them still ended up being a good thing. I found out that the plastic bread bag I keep the non-coated seeds in is not, in fact, the best way to store them. Turns out they had begun to get dry and brittle. Shocking, I know. I thought for sure this is how all museums store their artifacts. So yesterday I coated a big chunk of them and worked on day 36’s project.

Day 36: Winged Left WingDay 36: Winged 2Day 36: Right WingI knew that I wanted to do some more drawing on and stacking of the seeds, but wasn’t quite sure what I had in mind. I began laying out the seeds, gluing them down and then pulling them off. I glued a few more down and realized this thing was screaming to be a moth – which I like.

I became interested in moths a few years back when I learned about how one species in Britain had evolved to adapt to its polluted environment. The one I created is so content with itself; I don’t see it evolving anytime soon.

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3 x 7” Seeds & ink on lid

This work available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/listing/101434913/winged-mixed-media-3d or email me at micah@azzlsoft.com

Arting for 365 Day 35: Roostered

Day 35 (6/3/12): RoosteredGoal: To create one work of art each day for 365 consecutive days

It is a rare occasion that I get to enjoy the company of all my neeps (nieces and nephews) at once. But this weekend has been one of those weekends. In fact I even got to see the boyfriend’s neeps - and I love it. It is noisy and rowdy with pillow bombs falling and worms being hunted. It is a ton of fun.

So I found it only natural to ask their expert opinion (clearly they have good taste, they have accepted me as a member in their Furios (furious) Six club) as to what I should create for yesterday’s work. The response from my nephew was a bird – an owl specifically, and a car. Clearly I didn’t take explicit direction, but I did use his suggestions in making the ink drawn 4 x 5.5″ card. And my niece drew right alongside me, which was great!

My mom astutely mentioned that the ink drawing ponders the question of “chicken or the egg” with the answer or “neither, they just met.”

Enjoy!

Roostered Nest DetailWork available for purchase at http://www.etsy.com/shop/OriginalsByMicah or by emailing me at micah@azzlsoft.com

Arting for 365 Day 34: A Place to Rest Your Beer

Day 34 (6/1/12): A Place to Rest Your BeerGoal: To create one work of art each day for 365 consecutive days

Friday’s may become my official coaster creation days. It seems the perfect day for it. My brain is working its way toward weekend mode  – thinking about the time I will get to spend with family or friends, time spent outdoors, with perhaps a summer beverage thrown in for good measure.  Basically, I typically feel like creating something fun.

Day 34 was filled with simple, bold designs using bright colors and cut up envelopes. I once again used old Sierra Nevada paper coasters to build on. When finished, I did my due diligence, ensuring that they work by testing them out with a glass of beer!

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Work available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/listing/101166161/handmade-acrylic-and-envelope-beer or by emailing me at micah@azzlsoft.com

Arting for 365 Day 33: Balls Rolling in an Orderly Fashion

Day 33 95/31/12): Balls Rolling in an Orderly FashionAs I sat down to create day 33′s project, I was feeling pretty overwhelmed. And not for a reason you might think. I am finishing up a few side jobs right now that are requiring quite a bit of my attention, but that was not the reason for my anxiety. Nor was the personal goal of creating art everyday. Nope, what got me all a flutter yesterday was my Twitter account.

Day 33: Balls Rolling in an Orderly Fashion DetailI had always thought that the Twits (unofficial term) were celebrities and other folks talking about fluff. But after looking into the Twitter a bit more I realized that it is an awesome resource for articles on art and design. Not to mention I like to hear some of the ridiculous things my brother has to say.  I would wager that most people follow hundreds, maybe even thousands of other people. I think I am following 30ish and it seems to be too much for me to take. Overstimulation. My brain seems exhausted as it tries to keep up with the sometimes great, sometimes not-so-great articles. The boyfriend questioned whether I was attempting to read all of those articles, which would definitely leave me overwhelmed. But I’m not. The information rolls onto my screen in what appears to be an orderly fashion, and I am left to wonder if my brain will ever adapt to this crazy stimulus.

Work available for purchase at http://www.etsy.com/shop/OriginalsByMicah or by emailing me at micah@azzlsoft.com

Arting for 365 Day 32: Mosquitos

Day 32 (5/20/12): MosquitoGoal: To create one work of art each day for 365 consecutive days

I got to meet up with my friend, Mary, for a jog at Happy Jack last night (HJ is a lovely trail system outside of Laramie, Wyoming). While jogging, Mary provided me with the following comedic/intellectual commentary regarding the herd of mosquitos we had run into:

Mary: We’re not getting bit. These all must be boys.

Me: Oh – The boys don’t bite?

Mary: I don’t think so. And they hatch earlier, probably because they need time to grow their penis’.

I can always count on Mary to make me laugh.

4.75 x 4.75″ Ink and paint on paper

Work available for purchase at http://www.etsy.com/shop/OriginalsByMicah or by emailing me at micah@azzlsoft.com