Arting for 365 Day 277: Elephant Life

10 x 10" acrylic on canvas

10 x 10″ acrylic on canvas

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

Dreams are interesting things. They affect us, oftentimes without knowing they are affecting us, which makes them that much more interesting. In the last week or so, I have woken up remembering bits and pieces of dreams. Some of them have been odd, others pretty normal, but there has definitely been a lot of dreaming . I have come to determine that a few of the forgotten dreams must be the impetus for the imagery that is showing up in my work.

From hanging birds in Day 275’s piece to today’s abstracted elephant snout blowing out an embryo (and you thought this painting was kind of nice until now), odd imagery is overtaking my imagination. I don’t know how long this phase is going to last, but I figure I might as well make art from it while it’s here.

If you’d like to purchase this dreamy painting, you can do so here.

Arting for 365 Day 273: Cellular

3 x 5" ink and watercolor on paper

Day 273 3 x 5″ ink and watercolor on paper

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

Lately we’ve been listening to quite a few biology-type podcasts. They always amaze me. Recently we heard a Radiolab one “(So-Called) Life” about DNA. It blew my mind. Perhaps all of this thinking about biology influenced the making of this  little drawing. It reminds me of cells moving around in a micro-world.

Arting for 365 Day 253: Fast Car

Ink and acrylic on May 1955 Field and Stream Magazine (pg 1)

Ink and acrylic on May 1955 Field and Stream Magazine (pg 1)

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

A few days ago I decided to re-appropriate an old Field and Stream magazine. Creating in this manner was really interesting to me and so I quickly decided I would attempt to complete the entire magazine. Whether or not I do is yet to be seen, but for now, it sounds like a great exploration.

Yesterday I decided to get a jump on page one. I didn’t remember to take an original picture until shortly after I began (see below), but you’ll get the idea. If you look closely you can make out the bird driving the car and a few owls toward the bottom. Beyond that is text. 

Day 253 Fast Car Original

Nearly original design by Keith Wood

Keeping in mind that I wanted to keep portions of the original design to build on while aiming to create something that felt entirely new, I began drawing. The finished work incorporates the colors from the cover and repeated chunks of shapes, but it has an even greater focus on flowing lines – which I like to think helps emphasize the moving car. After completing the drawing I decided to cut a section of the bottom text out revealing the next page, which just happens to also be text.

 As for the cover that I originally began with, well it now looks like this:

Day 253 Step 1

Cover with page one peeking through at the top

Arting for 365 Day 228: Floating

12/12/12

11 x 14 watercolor, ink and acrylic wash on paper

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

On some far off planet, in some other universe, a child plays and dreams. She imagines a place full of wonderful creatures that move about in beautiful patterns and create sounds that are music to her ears. The creatures, she is certain, are friendly and exciting and imaginative. Most importantly, they love to play.

Imagining what fun they would have, the girl determines she must meet these creatures and so devises a plan. She will build them a home (that also doubles as a spaceship, of course) and attach a balloon to carry it into the atmosphere. It would float and she would wait. Patiently. For her new friends to arrive.

Day 228 Floating Detail

Arting for 365 Day 226: Part of the Art Experience is Interpretation

12/10/12

30 x 12″ acrylic and ink on canvas

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

For most of my blog posts, I attempt to describe my artwork in stories or poetry to provide insight. But sometimes I think too much explanation leaves little for the viewer to ponder. Being a viewer myself, I realize it’s nice to ponder.

So for day 226’s work I’m going to let you interpret the work as you like, with no insight from me. Instead I’ll simply talk about my technique in creating the piece.

First off, it was extremely satisfying to work on something of a slightly larger scale. While the 3 x 5″ pieces are well and good, it was nice to spread out and work. Thinking about the piece, I knew that I wanted to merge my approaches – combining realism and abstraction, ink and paint. I also wanted to explore geometric spaces paired with washes of color.

I’ve got to say, this is my new favorite piece. Not only am I happy with the concept behind the work, the flowing lines, strange juxtaposition of bright pink with earth tones make for a visually stimulating piece as well.

This piece available for purchase here

Arting for 365 Day 222: Fly By Night Operation

Day 222: Fly By Night Operation

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

The boyfriend commented that my day 222 drawing reminded him of a fly. After he said that the expression ‘fly by night’ kept running through my head – thus the title.

I love the energy of the lines and the detail in this little guy. I suppose it is a bit of a reflection of how my life is moving things days (buzzing right along, not the fly by night part).

Along with creating the fly yesterday, I also finished setting up my studio and worked on making some coasters for the First Friday art walk tonight (see pics below). I am happy with the place – all of my clutter has found a spot for itself and I’m feeling right at home.

Arting for 365 Day 221: Hagfish Fibers

12/5/12

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

There is a group on Facebook that I “like” called Evolution. They frequently post really fantastic images and/or info regarding creatures and phenomena of the world.

Yesterday I came across one of their posts that talked about a deep sea creature called the hagfish. It is a somewhat gross looking thing – like an eel but not as cute – and it produces a really incredible slime that, in seconds, turns into protein fibers that are super strong. They think the fibers could be used to create new material – perhaps even a material that would replace plastic and could be used for clothing. Amazing. How could I not be inspired to create a piece based on this fun fact? You can learn more about the hagfish here. 

Paper/Cardboard-like coasters from Sierra Nevada were used to paint on

Paper/Cardboard-like coasters from Sierra Nevada were used to paint on

Day 221: Hagfish Fiber Step 1Day 221 Hagfish Fiber Stack