Arting for 365 Day 155: Sunday Card Making

9/30/12Goal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

Next weekend I’ve been invited to show my work at a local harvest festival. There should be quite a few people at the event and I always feel like any chance I’m given to get my work in front of an audience is a good one, so I’m pretty excited. On top of that, the festival should be a really great time – lots of fun people, delicious food and music.

I don’t have a super concrete idea as to how much space I will have though, and so decided it would probably be wise to start creating some smaller items to sell. Last night I pulled out business envelope scraps and markers and created a few of these bright, fun cards.

Arting for 365 Day 131: Direction

Day 131 (9/6/12): Untangling Ideas

Sometimes I feel like figuring out what we want to do with life is a bit like a science experiment. Sometimes there are very conclusive results, but other times (most times for this girl) the results are basically inconclusive.

I can happily say that my life’s experimentations have narrowed the general direction I want to go. But I can also say I haven’t untangled and separated out all of the variables in order to give solid evidence of the route I should take to get there.

But like a good scientist, I’ll keep experimenting – crossing off the things that don’t work, while building on the things that do.

Arting for 365 Day 114: Utilizing the Amazing Breweries of Ft. Collins

Day 114 (8/20/12): Utilizing New BelgiumGoal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

It turns out that our lovely little city of Ft. Collins is a bit of a mecca for microbreweries. In fact FoCo – as it’s known by some – has the most microbreweries per capita in all of Colorado. And seeing as how Colorado is a major player in the craft brew industry, this seems like a pretty big deal.

New Belgium Brewing is a top notch brewery here in town and the most recognized of the bunch. Their beers are tasty – sours being my favorite – they give fantastic tours, and they have some pretty fun coaster designs. Realizing that I needed to start supporting the locals with my coaster adventures, I swung by New Belgium yesterday and picked up a fresh batch.

Using the original coaster designs as a jumping off point, I painted these three brightly colored little gems. I worked to keep the paintings very simple and playful.  The first, a Shift Rocket; the second, a strange and fun little scene involving a tricycle; and third, a cat tail, fish, pitcher still life of sorts.

An endless supply of fun coasters: Just another perk of living in a beer town.

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 90: Landscape Abstraction

Day 90 (7/27/12): Landscape Abstracted
Goal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

The sun hogs the sky.

Maybe this is because it knows its time in the spotlight is limited. Maybe it remembers how quickly fall arrived last year and it longs to make the best of these days.

Maybe it thrives on attention.

Or maybe, it just likes to see us sweat.

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 75: Roll With It

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

Technically it is called a sphere, but I prefer ball. Either way, the object is such a lovely little thing. It has no top or bottom nor front or back. It presents itself equally to all and – due to its natural form – easily rolls with the punches. A lovely little thing, indeed.

Coasters, both original and as printed versions, will be available shortly on etsy. Until then, if you are interested in them, please email me at micah@azzlsoft.com

Arting for 365 Day 74: Lifetime Performance

Day 74 (7/11/12): Lifetime Performance

11 x 14″ Acrylic on paper

She was born to perform. Give her a song she’ll sing it, a line and she’ll act it. Dress her in a red tutu and watch her flit across the stage. It is something to behold – watching her imagination play out. The world, it is clear, is her stage.

Both a print and original of this piece are available for purchase. Please contact me micah@azzlsoft.com if you’re interested.

Arting for 365 Day 73: In “Loo” of a Toilet

Day 73 (7/10/12): In "loo" of a toiletGoal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

There are days when I feel like I’m just spinning in circles. Yesterday, after sitting for hours accomplishing little, and feeling a bit mopey about the situation, I realized I needed a new scene – literally. I grabbed a pen and a piece of paper in which I had glued pieces of floral wrapping paper. I moved from the muggy little room I was attempting to work in to the cool bathroom floor.

The seemingly mundane toilet became a fascinating subject for me. Drawing it I noticed its shadows, shiny spots and designed lines. (I also happened to notice some of the dust and grime – but that’s another project). I was reminded that I should never be stumped as to what to draw. We’re surrounded by all sorts of great stuff if we just take a moment to look at it.

Available for purchase as original or as a print

Arting for 365 Day 72: Emu

Day 72 (7/9/12): Emu

11 x 14″ Acrylic on crazy thick paper

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

I’ve been enjoying personifying animals in my work lately.  The images make me laugh and tackling human ideas and emotions via a four footed or winged friend is something I’ve really enjoyed. It puts things in perspective – which keeps me from taking things too seriously.

For day 72 I wanted to explore the emu. This little guy is a study for a larger piece I have in mind in which I plan to personify Mr. Emu.

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Original and prints of this piece are available for purchase