Arting for 365 Day 118: Mountain Connection

Some friends of ours are getting married today, so late yesterday afternoon we headed to good ‘ol Wyoming to take part in the festivities.
To celebrate the special occasion, I decided I’d create a piece of art for them. The bride and groom are fantastic people. They both love the outdoors, are full of life and have wonderful boisterous laughs that fill a room. So it was pretty easy to come up with something that I hope they’ll like and that reminded me of the two of them.
The wedding should be wonderful. We’ll be in the mountains, surrounded by great friends, great music and a lotta love.

Arting for 365 Day 108: Not a Hoarder

Day 108 (8/15/12): Not a HoarderGoal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

I tend to hold on to what some people might call trash. I prefer to call it treasures or resources or at the least, stuff. You may be thinking this sort of behavior sounds much like a hoarder, but I will disagree and here is why: The stuff I hold on to is definitely worth keeping AND I actually use the stuff. Sure the treasures may sit for years in a box or closet before I decide their use, but eventually they will get used. I’m certain of it. Okay, I’m relatively certain of it. I’m relatively certain that somewhere down the line I, or someone I encounter, will use up all of my collections.

Yesterday I pulled out my trash/resources/treasures/stuff – which happened to be scraps that I had kept from day 101‘s cut paper project. I glued pieces together to create an abstracted bird and then began drawing. The final piece seems to flow and float. And while pink is definitely not my favorite color, I’m a fan of the contrast of black against the fluorescent. I am contemplating creating a whole slew of these. I am interested to see what a whole flock, hanging together would be like.

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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 91: Post Enduro Reflection

Day 91 (7/28/12): Budding Abstraction

8 x 10″ watercolor and ink on paper

Goal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days
Along with some friends, we volunteered to help out at the Laramie Enduro ( a 70+ mile mountain bike race that brings riders from all over the US to little ‘ol Laramie, Wyoming) yesterday. This has become an annual event that we love to take part in.

This piece was created after returning home and thinking about the wonderful day spent in the wilds of Wyoming.

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 86: Berry Fields in Cut Paper

Day 86 (7/23/12): Berry Field Cut PaperGoal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

Back roads under cloudy skies

Birds in mid-flight discussion

A cool breeze welcomed through a rolled down window

We travel on, while fields of blueberries ripen

Original piece available for purchase.

Arting for 365 Day 85: Chihuly Gardens

Day 85 (7/23/12): Chihuly Gardens

4.75 x 4.75″ Pastel and ink on paper

Before leaving Seattle yesterday, we were lucky enough to visit the Chihuly Garden and Glass with our friend and his dad. We had seen some work by Chihuly (an incredibly skilled glass blower) earlier this year, but seeing it out in the garden was really a completely different experience. The colors were vibrant and worked harmoniously with the natural surroundings. I highly recommend you visit if you happen to be in Seattle.

After the gardens, we headed to the airport where I pulled out my pastels and pen, and got to work on day 85’s piece. I used simple shapes and lines to create the abstracted interpretation of the colorful work I had seen. Thanks, Jesse, for taking us!

Arting for 365 Day 84: Exhaustion Drawing

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

Getting an hour of two of sleep during a 28 hour relay running race, can make a girl tired. Therefore, for day 84, I decided to go with a very free flowing, abstract drawing that would allow me to use my exhausted brain in a positive way.

As for the race: I have no idea where we placed among the 300 other teams. But I’m sure we kicked arse – or at least were the nicest/best looking/best personality/best rule breaking team out there.

Washington has been great! Time to head back home to Colorado.

Arting for 365 Day 83: More Washington Inspiration

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

As you may or may not know, we’ve been in Washington running a great relay race with friends and family. One thing has been clear along the way: Washington has tons of stuff that grows. The humid air allows trees, plants, and flowers, to abound. Buds and leaves are giant and beautifully colored. The rain and humidity does awesome things…for plants.

It is not, however, awesome for keeping shoes sog-free. Not a bad price to pay for running through a forest by the ocean though.