Lunar Impact on Foraging Adapted

~12 x 24", acrylic and pierced paper on wood panel

~12 x 24″, acrylic and pierced paper on wood panel

A few months back I created a pierced paper piece based on a story I heard regarding the relationship between the moon’s cycle and eggs hatching. I liked the piece, but the paper was a dull, brownish-grey and it always seemed a bit drab. I decided I’d add some acrylic paint and turn it into something I was more excited about. This not-at-all drab piece is the result. I haven’t determined if I am going to keep the central pierced paper as-is or add a bit of blue, but overall I’m happy with it.

Moon Cycles & hatching detail

Arting for 365 Day 365: Catching Up in the Garden

Day 365, 9.5 x 12" watercolor on pierced paper

Day 365, 9.5 x 12″ watercolor on pierced paper

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

After weeks of fussing underground, the flowers are poised to make their debut. Their green heads poke through the cool moist dirt as they are doused by a brilliant sun. It startles them at first. Soon enough though, the rays become familiar Рlike a gentle embrace. The flowers stand taller. They take their place in the garden Рjoined by old friends and new.  There is much catching up to do.

Day 365 Idle Gossip of Springtime Blooms Detail

Original pierced paper image

Original pierced paper image

Arting for 365 Day 334: Cliff Swallow Evolution (A Pierced Paper Piece)

Day 334, 8 x 10" pierced paper

Day 334, 8 x 10″ pierced paper

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

I caught a story on Science Friday that was really interesting. The long and short of it was this:

  • Cliff Swallows have begun making nests on the overpasses above busy highways and interstates
  • Initially, many of them were getting hit by cars, leading to their untimely demise
  • Rather quickly, researchers began noticing bird deaths were declining
  • They then noticed these highway birds’ wings seemed to have evolved to shorten, making it easier for them to avoid head-on collisions

Much more research is needed to prove that this quick evolution is actually happening because of vehicles, but it is looking as though it might be the case. SO COOL.

I was inspired. I created this swallow with the hopes of emphasizing a really large wing vs. a small one. While I like the final piece, if I were to re-do it, I would create a smaller bodied bird and somehow drastically differentiate the wing sizes. Placing the smaller wing in front would help too. Currently, it looks as though I’ve demonstrated perspective on the back wing – not really my goal. An interesting little guy, nonetheless!

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Day 334 Cliff Swallow detailDay 334 Cliff Swallow Evolves Lit

Arting for 365 Day 326: Detail of a Sand Dollar

Day 326, 5 x 7" pierced paper

Day 326, 5 x 7″ pierced paper

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

I didn’t stop to think that creating an up-close image of a sand dollar might resemble a flower more than the sea creature. About a quarter of the way through finishing it, I certainly did though. Nonetheless, I do love the texture. It also got me thinking about ways I might juxtapose high detail imagery such as this, with areas of starkness.

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Day 326 Sand Dollar head on