I was able to do this quick, tiny painting during a break today. ~2" x 1.5" watercolor on paper

I was able to do this quick, tiny painting during a break today. ~2″ x 1.5″ watercolor on paper

This week is going to be spent moving into a new studio! Like most folks, I do not enjoy moving. However, I am thrilled about the great new space. Not to mention, the person I am going to be sharing space with (Gale Whitman, my current studio neighbor) is fabulous! Leaving Poudre Studio Artists and Galleries is a bit sad, as it’s been so good to me, but new adventures await.

The new space!

The new space!

Arting for 365 Day 354: Inspired by Niece: Butterfly

Day 354, 9 x 12" Watercolor on pierced paper

Day 354, 9 x 12″ Watercolor on pierced paper

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

I always enjoy sitting down to make art with my neeps. I love seeing what they come up with and the joy they have in creating. Their excitement for learning new techniques or tricks is pretty great too.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of doing some watercolors with my niece. She drew a butterfly and then filled the image with color. Inspired by her lead, I did some very abstracted butterfly wings and then added some piercings.

Day 353 Inspired Butterfly tilted

My niece, Nolan's, work.

My niece, Nolan’s, work.

Arting for 365 Day 351: Long Neck and Long Trunk

Three, 9 x 12" Watercolor on paper

Day 351,Three, 9 x 12″ Watercolor on paper

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

A friend of mine from Jackson, Dana, had a baby a few months ago. She’s been doing some fun decorating in her little girl’s room and decided she’d like to do a bit more while I was there.  Dana had seen an example of stenciled watercolor images that were bright and simple – really lovely. While she got to work on stenciling, I decided to create a few originals to accompany the bugs and frogs she worked on. I had planned to only create the elephant, but it was so much fun to make that I added a giraffe as well. Dana had the great idea of combining three separate images to make a full giraffe.  I think these will make a great addition to the room.

9 x 12" watercolor on paper

9 x 12″ watercolor on paper

micahs giraffe headmicahs giraffe bodymicahs giraffe legs

Arting for 365 Day 157: Holy Crap, We Bought an RV…To Live In

Day 157 (10/2/12):  Holy Crap, We Bought an RV... To Live InGoal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

For awhile now the boyfriend has expressed his dream of living in an RV and a few months ago we even started looking at them semi-seriously. As our lives continued to get ever more busy, though, we decided to put the idea on the backburner. That is until last week. Last week we received a letter explaining our rent would be going up. While the amount wasn’t a huge increase, I wasn’t pleased. I was ready to move. The issue lay in that the boyfriend hates moving and firmly stated that their raising the rent was not enough to get him to move again. “What if we moved into an RV?” I asked, feeling relatively certain I’d know my answer.

Sure enough, this past weekend we bought an old 1994 Winnebago Itasca Sunrise! She (Gertrude as named by the previous owner) is a beauty, seems to run like a dream and is a hoot to drive as long as you are not in Denver traffic. I can’t wait to start our adventures with her – the first being winterizing Gerty for the upcoming months in Colorado. I can’t say we are the wisest people for taking on RV living as winter is moving in, but heck, no one ever said adventurous and wise go hand in hand.

Arting for 365 Day 148: Masking Tape, Cut Outs, and Some Watercolor

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

It’s been awhile since I’ve used my X-acto Knife and so yesterday I decided I was due to re-visit the old friend. This time, though, I wanted to try something a bit different than my traditional approach. Rather than cutting into paper, I thought it could be interesting to cut into masking tape. The shapes created could be peeled off and stuck onto watercolor paper. From that point, I would be able to paint the negative space, ending up with something a bit different from my norm.

I started by laying down strips of tape to a scrap of canvas (the canvas seems to withstand the X-acto Knife cuts pretty decently, which helps in not completely ruining my work table).After that, I simply began cutting out shapes. As I cut and transferred, I realized that not only would I have a painting created from the cut shapes, but I could create a second painting by cutting around the negative space left by the initial cut shapes.The cutting of the masking tape was pretty easy. The transferring did get a bit tricky as some of the more delicate pieces  tended to come apart at the tape seam or tear, and at times the tape would roll up on itself. But overall, the technique worked pretty darned well.

From here I began painting each 9 x 12″ paper. I finished up the first, peeled the tape off and felt pretty good about the result. I got a bit of extra help from Box, our cat, on the second painting as he spilled a glass of water over the finished piece. I have to say I think it helped it the overall look, but because the paper got so saturated, when I went to peel off the tape, it did take some of the paper with it. A simple solution: Have patience and let the paper dry (something I don’t have and thus did not avoid completely).

I’m pretty happy with this little experiment. I think the color and flow of both pieces are nice and it’s always nice for my brain to try something new.

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Blue bird-like piece and red/orange floral piece are both available for purchase.

Arting for 365 Day 139: Rain in Blue and Green

Day 139 (9/14/12): Rain in Blue and Green

8 x 10″ Watercolor on paper

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

For the last fourteen years or so I have lived in pretty cool climates. Summers have had high temps of about 80 degrees and winters frequently dip below zero. Coming in from the cold with a coat of frost on my eyelashes was commonplace and I was never without mittens.

Moving to Fort Collins, whose summer temps have certainly averaged a billion degrees, has therefore been a bit rough for me (although I have been assured these high temps are not the norm.) While you can layer yourself up infinitely in winter time, there is only a certain amount of naked you can get without being ticketed or arrested. So imagine my joy when, this week,  temperatures stayed below 70 degrees for a few days. On top of that there was rain! It was pure heaven.

This piece is an homage to the rain and coolness that cheered my overheated spirits.

Arting for 365 Day 135: Familiarity

Day 135 (9/10/12): Rocks, Leaves, Grass

~8 x 11″ Watercolor

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

Yesterday was one of those days in which I was feeling pretty darned uninspired. This a bit of an issue when you’ve committed to doing a project a day, but it was nothing that couldn’t be overcome. Here is why:

Even when my brain feels completely blank, there are still things that just feel natural to draw and paint. Repeated circles, lines and leaves are all very familiar and comforting to me. I suppose I could liken them to a t-shirt whose years of wear have made it incredibly soft. The difference, I hope is that while the t-shirt might eventually need to be tossed out, the familiar elements will simply be adapted and used in new ways.  Or perhaps like the old t-shirt, I simply save them for the days when comfort and familiarity trump the need for much else.

This piece available for purchase.

Arting for 365 Day 126: Into September

Day 126 (9/1/12): September Flower

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

It is hard to believe that it has been four months since I decided making art everyday and blogging about it was a good idea. Do I still think the decision was a wise one? Heck yeah, I do! Here are a few reasons why:

  1. When someone asks, “What are you doing today?” I actually have an answer. This was not always the case prior to the arting endeavor.
  1. My 96 year old grandma, who rarely surfs the internet, does get on rather regularly to look at my site. This in turn makes me feel like kind of a big deal.
  1. Someone actually bought the drawing I did of a toilet. Granted the purchaser did not realize it was a toilet at first, but once he did, he still bought it. This must mean the world has a sense of humor.
  1. I have a nearly endless supply of birthday/Christmas/Kwanza/Leap Year presents (whether people want them or not).
  1. I get to tell strange stories about animals and then convince people they are clever, not crazy.
  1. I do what I love everyday.