Arting for 365 Day 92: Bell Pepper Innards

Day 92 (7/29/12): Bell Pepper Innards

4.75 x 4.75″ Ink on paper

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

Oh sweet bell pepper. Your smooth and shiny outside is a fine sight to see. Your real beauty, however, is found upon slicing you open.

Long, structural ribs form your walls. And your heart, a mass of seeds stemming from – well, your stem – is the poster child for texture.

You, delicious bell pepper, are stunning.

Original piece and prints available for purchase.

Arting for 365 Day 87: Elephant in the Room

Day 87 (7/24/12): Elephant in the RoomGoal: To create a piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

The elephant wasn’t as big as she’d imagined he’d be. She wasn’t sure if this was due to the elephant actually being somewhat small for a pachyderm, or if the room was overly large. Either way, it was a pleasant surprise. A small elephant in the room seemed much more manageable than a large one.

Original painting is available for purchase.

Arting for 365 Day 72: Emu

Day 72 (7/9/12): Emu

11 x 14″ Acrylic on crazy thick paper

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

I’ve been enjoying personifying animals in my work lately.  The images make me laugh and tackling human ideas and emotions via a four footed or winged friend is something I’ve really enjoyed. It puts things in perspective – which keeps me from taking things too seriously.

For day 72 I wanted to explore the emu. This little guy is a study for a larger piece I have in mind in which I plan to personify Mr. Emu.

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Original and prints of this piece are available for purchase

Arting for 365 Day 68: Lone Ball

Day 68 (7/5/12): Lone BallGoal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

The ball definitely sat all alone, but somehow it did not feel lonely. Perfectly content with its rounded self, it reflected the evening light as the sun moved down the horizon.

This piece available for purchase at or by emailing micah@azzlsoft.com

Arting for 365 Day 65: Foliage and Dew Abstraction

Day 65 (7/2/12): Foliage and Dew Abstraction

14 x 42″ Acrylic on canvas

Since this whole, making art every day for a year thing started, I’ve barely put brush to canvas. For day 65′s work though, I pulled out the acrylics with an aim to create a large scale abstracted piece.Two things in particular inspired the work:

1. I recently sold one of my favorite pieces. I LOVE that this happened, but the bare wall where it once hung seems, well, really bare. I was missing the work a wee bit and so it felt good to create something with a repeated circle pattern:

2. I really liked day 64’s delicate little piece. There was something about the stippling-esque approach that appealed to me. I wanted to explore something similar, on a larger scale.

I gotta say, I am super happy with the way this puppy turned out. It combines both painterly and drawerly (made up word) approaches.

Side Note: Some of you have wondered if I actually get these big pieces done in one day. The answer is sometimes. I started this one late Sunday afternoon, worked on it all day yesterday and put finishing touches on it this a.m. I create smaller pieces as well on those days to use as my daily work.

This piece available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/listing/103540907/foliage-and-dew-abstraction-acrylic or by contacting micah@azzlsoft.com

Arting for 365 Day 62: Fluorescent Abstraction

Day 62 (6/29/12): Fluorescent Abstraction

4 x 5″ Iron-on Paper, ink, paper

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

Three or four years back I started making onesies for some of my preggor friends using iron on paper for the designs. The left over paper often had really great, bright colors and an interesting texture – similar to that of reptile skin. I didn’t throw much of that paper away, thinking it would be nice to use in other projects.

Yesterday I came across some of the fluorescent pink, rectangle filled paper I had kept. As the evening hours rolled in, I sat down and created this piece. I enjoy that the design in very soothing and organic while the color is very bold – almost obnoxious even.

This piece available at https://www.etsy.com/listing/103317609/fluorescent-abstraction-mixed-media or by emailing micah@azzlsoft.com

Arting for 365 Day 61: Buyer’s Remorse

20 x 7.75″ Ink on Paper

The saleswoman had assured him that this floral headpiece was all the rage for hunting season. “It will do just the trick,” she had proclaimed. Furthermore, he looked “absolutely stunning” in it. “I can throw in the unicycle for an extra $20,” she’d said.

At the time he was certain he was lucky to have come across such an incredible deal. But now, as he sat atop the unicycle with a giant bouquet on his head, he suddenly realized that he had been duped. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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This original piece available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/listing/103263728/buyers-remorse-original-ink-drawing or by emailing micah@azzlsoft.com

Prints of this piece are soon to come and will also be available on etsy.

Arting for 365 Day 60: Bird and Nest

Day 60 6/28/12): Bird and Nest

8 x 10″ Ink on Paper

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

High temps, fires and crazy smoke are, sadly, all the rage in Colorado right now. -Scary stuff for a lot of folks. I realize I have no place to complain, but on a purely selfish level, I hate the fires and temps because they have really put a damper on my getting outdoors to enjoy nature – one of my favorite things to do.

So last weekend, when I was able to get out in non-burning Encampment, Wyoming, I really soaked it up. I’m pretty certain this may be the reason for the sudden onslaught of nature based stuff I’ve been creating.

Day 60’s piece is a combination of a neat birdhouse my parents had hanging down at their place, and a drawing of a pheasant inspired by a photo I spotted on Canadian Hiking Photography’s blog. I’m pretty darned pleased with this one. I love the more realistic style of the bird juxtaposed to the simpler abstracted branches and nest.

Original piece available at https://www.etsy.com/listing/103179476/bird-and-nest-ink-drawing-original or by emailing me at micah@azzlsoft.com

Prints available at https://www.etsy.com/listing/103179903/bird-and-nest-ink-drawing-print or by emailing me at micah@azzlsoft.com

Arting for 365 Day 58: Field and Stream Page 67

Day 58 (6/25/12): Field & Stream Page 67Goal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

Yesterday I pulled out an old, October 1954 issue of Field and Stream. As I flipped through the magazine, I came upon page 67. The red/orange illustrations that went along with the article were fantastic and I really wanted to incorporate them for day 58.

I started the piece by crossing out part of the text in the article – keeping at least one word per line. The result is abstracted images to accompany a relatively non-sensical article. Below is the “new” article.

When you cover the spot by making the center of your search your bird, often it takes only a smoldering fire. So shred all matches and build. For it takes a long, long time.

Water also leaves its normal tang. One probably doesn’t improve but feels better.

High in the upland, charges just as powerful deliver the plate. When you swing and let drive without being kicked under your hat.

Like life, too good a trip spots the happy days. –A store of pleasant memories.

Here’s a stringer by Albert Zanelli: Cut the toothbrush to a point. Stout around the middle – the other end a plastic pocket – will accommodate fish.

This piece available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/listing/103020430/field-stream-page-67-mixed-media or by emailing micah@azzlsoft.com

Arting for 365 Day 57: Birder

Day 57 (6/24/12): Bird GirlGoal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

She’d really taken a liking to the birds. In fact over the past year or two she’d begun studying up on them – working to identify each little beauty by sound and sight. Of course she knew the easy ones, like the robin and hummingbird. But she could also recognize the finches, sparrows and egrets with ease. At times she even went so far as to call herself a birder.

Now though, as she sat perched on this branch, she realized she had taken her hobby too far.

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This original piece or prints available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/listing/102962770/bird-girl-mixed-media-original or by emailing