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.

You can buy this piece!

Day 326 Sand Dollar head on

Arting for 365 Day 325: Darwin’s Orchid

Day 325, 8 x 10" ink and watercolor on paper

Day 325, 8 x 10″ ink and watercolor on paper

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

Around the time I began drawing orchids, I learned Darwin had done quite a bit of research on the distinct flower. He seemed absolutely fascinated by them. It seems as though Darwin was enthralled with all that he studied, which is probably what made him so successful. Smarts and talent (if there is such a thing) are important, but passion and drive seem to outweigh it all.

Arting for 365 Day 323: Blowing

Day 323, 3 x 5" ink on paper

Day 323, 3 x 5″ ink on paper

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

Winds have been incredibly forceful over the last few days; blowing tightly through the trees with a high pitched whirr. It’s the kind of wind that has you holding on to doors tightly and makes a flat bicycle ride a major workout. Experiencing this type of wind in Gertie, our RV, is something of an adventure. Drafts creep in and she shakes in response. Sleeping is at times challenging. So is drawing. Yesterday I found myself slightly challenged to put my pen on the spot I was aiming for as I would begin a line. Yet another interesting aspect of RV life.

Arting for 365 Day 322: Undergrowth

Day 322, Digital Drawing

Day 322, Digital Drawing

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

I’ve never really been into computer drawing. I like the feel of pen on paper, the pushing and pulling of paints. Using a stylus pen on a tablet does not feel smooth. That is not to say I wouldn’t enjoy it with a little practice. I just haven’t allowed myself the chance.

So when the boyfriend brought home his Microsoft Surface Pro and offered to let me draw on it, I had my reservations. But the pen moved smoothly over the screen. It was so much more natural than what I had used in the past and I sat for a long time drawing on the new device. I feel like it is an especially great tool for quick sketches, which is probably how I would most use it. For day 322, I thought I’d share with you a basic drawing I did, along with a second negative version I created while playing around in Photoshop. Enjoy!

Day 322 Underbrushi in Negative

Arting for 365 Day 320: Woodcock’s Dilemma

Day 320, 10 x 24" Acrylic, ink and paper on canvas

Day 320, 10 x 24″ Acrylic, ink and paper on canvas

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

Many were quick to point out his shortcomings – most of which were physical:

Short and squat.

Bug eyes on the back of his head.

And that beak! They said it looked good on other birds. The hummingbird wore it well.

He brushed such short-sided comments aside, knowing they were wrong.

Now though, with his beak entwined in spindly branches with no hope of untangling, he would rescind one thing.  The hummingbird did wear it better.

Day 320 Woodchuck's Dilemma bird detailDay 320 Woodchuck's Dilemma foliage

Arting for 365 Day 317: Bulbous

Day 317, 5 x 7" ink on paper

Day 317, 5 x 7″ ink on paper (with background smoothing in Photoshop)

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

I was pretty disappointed Saturday, when the winter storm warning that predicted 6-10″ produced hardly a skiff of snow. Forecasters must have gotten their days mixed up, because last night’s possible chance of rain or snow showers resulted in multiple inches of snow.

The great thing about spring storms is that they are here and gone so quickly – 30 degrees one day, 50 the next . The ground gets the moisture it needs. The days get warmer.

Those perennial bulbs lying underground are probably just itching to grow.