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.

Arting for 365 Day 82: Impressions of Seattle

Goal: To create a piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days
Wednesday night we flew into Seattle to meet up with friends and family to run our annual summertime relay race (one of my favorite events of the year). The Pacific Northwest is new to me and, as expected, I have loved the lush, beautiful landscape. That I get to see it with some of my most favorite people ever is a complete bonus.
Day 82’s piece is a small, 4 x 5″ ink drawing of my initial impressions of Seattle. As we descended into Seattle, the mountains peeked out through the woven clouds we were flying above. Upon landing I and walking around, I realized even the weeds are pretty here!
As for the race – team Are We There Yet? is kicking it old school. Only two more legs to run in the next 24 hours. And running at sea level is fabulous!

Arting for 365 Day 80: Cut Out for It

Day 80 (7/17/12): Cut Out for It

11 x 14″ Cut paper

Years back an acquaintance of mine let me know that my ink drawings reminded him a bit of a fantastic artist named Nikki McClure. While her work was cut paper, I think the style of our lines might have been what made a connection for him. I dug that he likened my work to hers, but had no desire to move in the paper cutting direction.

Since that time I have come upon the work of Beatrice Coron and a few others who happen to be amazingly talented cut paper artists. Inspired by the work they do and knowing that I need to push myself to experiment with new processes; I decided to take a crack it.

My initial attempt on this piece was so-so. I was desperately trying for precise, controlled lines with a big ‘ol box cutter like thing (I don’t recommend this but my exacto blade was dull). But after buying new blades to clean up my initial cuts and adding more detail, I found I loved the process. The challenge of manipulating the paper into intricate designs is fantastic! I’m pretty darned sure there will be more of these to come.

This original piece available for purchase.

Arting for 365 Day 78: High on the Hog

Day 78 (7/15/12): High on the HogGoal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

The other day I heard a news report that is pretty common. It regarded big banks (which to me equals a bunch of super rich men and perhaps a few women) who were acting like jack asses with other people’s money. The amount of money these banks had played with and lost was astonishing.

Shortly after that, another report came on talking about Mitt Romney and some out of touch thing he had said regarding money.

Both of these reports got me thinking about the old saying “high on the hog.” Years ago, I imagine saying such a thing meant someone was doing well for themselves – they bought a new car or house or took a big vacation. But what in the heck does it mean today? Instead of one new car, perhaps a few new jets? Instead of a house a block of buildings?  To be high on the hog these days, the hog has got to be sitting pretty high.

P.S. If you don’t want to think of this adorable pig as social commentary, just think of it as “Babe – Pig in the City.” That’s what the boyfriend says it reminds him of anyway.

Original and print available for purchase.

Arting for 365 Day 77: Drawing Post Brew Fest and Late Drive Home

Day 77 *7/14/12): Drawing Post BrewfestGoal: To create one piece of work each day for 365 consecutive days

Yesterday was a jam packed day of visiting with friends and enjoying a brewfest. We had a great time but it also meant I was pushing the envelope to get my daily art piece done.

Nearer to midnight than I am comfortable with, I created this abstracted floral ink piece. Drawing the detailed thick and thin flowing lines was a great way to finish up my day.

Original piece and print  both available for purchase.

Arting for 365 Day 70: Serious Business

4 x 5″ Ink on Paper

Yesterday I decided to draw a self-portrait to replace my avatar. I sat in front of the mirror and held still as my pencil moved across the paper. I worked and worked, but I just wasn’t feeling it. Original idea nixed. Cat character idea adopted.

The goal in drawing the character was to capture a cat’s no-nonsense personality using human characteristics. Most cats- our cat, Box included- seem to take every endeavor quite seriously. From getting in the middle of whatever project we are working on to chasing string, it is all done with complete focus. The cat is all business, while we laugh at his ridiculousness.

Box is such an inspiration!

This original piece available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/listing/103904640/serious-business-original-ink-drawing

Prints available too! https://www.etsy.com/listing/103904722/serious-business-cat-character-print

Arting for 365 Day 69: Out of Place

18 x 22″ Ink on paper

He was a farm horse with dreams of the big top.

A perfected routine of balancing balls, jumping through hoops, and standing atop a small pedestal – all in full feathered regalia – proved a huge hit in the corral. He often wondered, though, if he would find such praise under the red and white stripes of the real thing.

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This piece available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/listing/103820514/out-of-place-original-ink-drawing

I’m also working on getting prints made of a bunch of my other work. If you are interested in anything, please let me know.

Arting for 365 Day 68: Lone Ball

Day 68 (7/5/12): Lone BallGoal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

The ball definitely sat all alone, but somehow it did not feel lonely. Perfectly content with its rounded self, it reflected the evening light as the sun moved down the horizon.

This piece available for purchase at or by emailing micah@azzlsoft.com

Arting for 365 Day 66: Aglet

Day 66 (7/3/12): AgletGoal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

Everyone else appeared to manipulate their shoelaces to produce an elegant and secure bow with ease. Her botched attempts though, brought a mess of tangles and knots. The aglets at the end of the laces mocked her efforts, wielding their way out of her amateur hands to present a challenge she had never before encountered.

Try after try she could not wrangle the shoestring. “I’ll give it one more go,” she told herself over and over again.

Suddenly, her fingers became nimble to the loops, twists and pulls. –Success.

 

This greeting card available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/listing/103687489/aglet-original-ink-drawing-on-greeting or by emailing micah@azzlsoft.com

Arting for 365 Day 63: The Ballpark

Day 63 (6/30/12): The BallparkGoal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

There is something about watching live baseball that is just fantastic. Everything about it is laid back and easy going. The crowd, the warm summer days, eating peanuts and drinking a cold beverage with friends and family – all are enjoyed while watching players who in one moment make a diving catch, and in the next can be found spitting sunflower seeds from the dugout.

Yesterday evening we went to Coors Field to watch the Rockies play (thanks to my brother for taking us). They ended up losing despite rally cap efforts by the crowd. But as always, it was a great time. Day 63’s work is an abstracted ink version of a ballpark.

Sidenote: Afterward the Rockies put on an AMAZING pre-4th of July fireworks show. I highly recommend watching this sucker if you ever happen to be in Denver when they put this on.

This little guy available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/listing/103396695/the-ballpark-original-ink-drawing or by emailing micah@azzlsoft.com