Arting for 365 Day 33: Balls Rolling in an Orderly Fashion

Day 33 95/31/12): Balls Rolling in an Orderly FashionAs I sat down to create day 33’s project, I was feeling pretty overwhelmed. And not for a reason you might think. I am finishing up a few side jobs right now that are requiring quite a bit of my attention, but that was not the reason for my anxiety. Nor was the personal goal of creating art everyday. Nope, what got me all a flutter yesterday was my Twitter account.

Day 33: Balls Rolling in an Orderly Fashion DetailI had always thought that the Twits (unofficial term) were celebrities and other folks talking about fluff. But after looking into the Twitter a bit more I realized that it is an awesome resource for articles on art and design. Not to mention I like to hear some of the ridiculous things my brother has to say.  I would wager that most people follow hundreds, maybe even thousands of other people. I think I am following 30ish and it seems to be too much for me to take. Overstimulation. My brain seems exhausted as it tries to keep up with the sometimes great, sometimes not-so-great articles. The boyfriend questioned whether I was attempting to read all of those articles, which would definitely leave me overwhelmed. But I’m not. The information rolls onto my screen in what appears to be an orderly fashion, and I am left to wonder if my brain will ever adapt to this crazy stimulus.

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Arting for 365 Day 23: Corn

Day 23 (5/22/12): HuskersGoal: To create one work of art each day for 365 consecutive days

A pale blue sky – the backdrop for stalks standing tall. Husks peel down- a glimpse of rounded kernels which are sure to end up stuck between my teeth.

8 x 10″ Acrylic and ink on canvas

Day 23: Corn Detail 2

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Arting for 365 Day 20: Bottle Cap Canvases

Day 20 (5/18/12): Bottle Cap CanvasesGoal: To create one work of art each day for 365 consecutive days

I didn’t realize that I liked beer until I actually tasted some that had flavor. It was a lovely experience – I guess I kind of liken it to tasting really good chocolate. So as you may guess living in Fort Collins, a microbrew mecca, has been a pretty enjoyable experience. There are lots of new, flavorful beers available to taste, tours to take and beer festivals to attend. We’ve been collecting bottle caps for a few of our friends who plan to adorn themselves with bottle cap clothing for one festival. Yesterday I stole from the stash in order to create day 20’s piece.

I used the cap’s original design to guide my direction. Similar to day 13’s project, I aimed to keep the mini art simple and colorful. While I like the caps grouped, I plan to present each as individual works.

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Arting for 365 Day 19: Beetle Love

Day 19: Beetle LoveGoal: To create one work of art each day for 365 consecutive days

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a huge fan of bugs – beetles in particular. I love their shape, color and armor-like structure. To be perfectly honest my favorite way to view them is when a variety of types or species are neatly lined up for a photo shoot. This means of course they are dead, which is sad for them, but it really does make for a great picture.

Yesterday I decided to do a set of small drawings of these lovely little guys. I opted to shake things up a bit with color to create bold shapes and lines. The result is an illustrated take on the fascinating bugs.

Side – only slightly related- note: While I think beetles are great to look at, I can’t say I love the havoc the mountain pine beetle are wreaking in the Rocky Mountain Region.

Day 19: Beetle Love Red DetailDay 19: Beetle Love Blue Detail

Arting for 365 Day 17: Blocked

Day 17: BlockedI wasn’t particularly certain the direction I would be going on day 17, so I was really excited to come across a stamp I had made years ago. The stamp is made from cutting up an old mouse pad and gluing the design to a piece of cardboard – super high tech. I don’t think I came up with the idea, but it is a great one.

I opted for an oddball 6″ x 22″ piece of paper and got after it with the stamp using light blue and red. I emphasized the negative space using black paint. The resulting blocks of color seem to react and interact with each other to create day 17’s work.

Arting for 365 Day 15: Envelope Geometry

Day 15: Envelope GeometryGoal: To create one work of art each day for 365 consecutive days

I like business envelopes. They are boring on the outside but have really fun, often red or blue, patterning within. Yesterday, at the end of a full, full day, I began cutting shapes from old envelopes I had collected and laying them out on a page. Once I settled on a something I liked, I added geometric ink design and broke up the space using line and color. Day 14’s resulting image, like many of my others, plays with the juxtaposition of geometric and organics shapes.