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 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 67: Not Just Any Fruit

Day 67 (7/4/12): Not Just Any Fruit

4 x 5.5″ Greeting card. Watercolor.

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

Most fruits are enjoyable enough. They are sweet and refreshing – leaving you feeling pretty good about eating your daily quota. For the most part, you enjoy them, but they aren’t something you’d yell about from the rooftop. Now and again, though, at the peak of a season, you come upon a fruit that is beyond delectable.

Its juices run down your hand as you slurp madly to catch every last bit. Bright reds, oranges, purples and greens hint at the goodness inside. Your salivary glands work overtime just imagining the next bite. This is not just any fruit. This fruit deserves a place on a pedestal.

This piece available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/listing/103687979/not-just-any-fruit-original-watercolor or by emailing micah@azzlsoft.com

Arting for 365 Day 65: Foliage and Dew Abstraction

Day 65 (7/2/12): Foliage and Dew Abstraction

14 x 42″ Acrylic on canvas

Since this whole, making art every day for a year thing started, I’ve barely put brush to canvas. For day 65’s work though, I pulled out the acrylics with an aim to create a large scale abstracted piece.Two things in particular inspired the work:

1. I recently sold one of my favorite pieces. I LOVE that this happened, but the bare wall where it once hung seems, well, really bare. I was missing the work a wee bit and so it felt good to create something with a repeated circle pattern:

2. I really liked day 64’s delicate little piece. There was something about the stippling-esque approach that appealed to me. I wanted to explore something similar, on a larger scale.

I gotta say, I am super happy with the way this puppy turned out. It combines both painterly and drawerly (made up word) approaches.

Side Note: Some of you have wondered if I actually get these big pieces done in one day. The answer is sometimes. I started this one late Sunday afternoon, worked on it all day yesterday and put finishing touches on it this a.m. I create smaller pieces as well on those days to use as my daily work.

This piece available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/listing/103540907/foliage-and-dew-abstraction-acrylic or by contacting micah@azzlsoft.com

Arting for 365 Day 64: Sunrise Flower Abstraction

Day 64 (6/30/12): Sunrise Flower Abstraction

4.75 x 4.75 Ink & watercolor on paper

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

Orbs of morning dew coalesce on petals, leaves and mountain tops, as the sun wakes – slowly stretching its arms.

Rays of color emerge from the shadows.

It is morning.

This piece available for purchase at 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

Arting for 365 Day 62: Fluorescent Abstraction

Day 62 (6/29/12): Fluorescent Abstraction

4 x 5″ Iron-on Paper, ink, paper

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

Three or four years back I started making onesies for some of my preggor friends using iron on paper for the designs. The left over paper often had really great, bright colors and an interesting texture – similar to that of reptile skin. I didn’t throw much of that paper away, thinking it would be nice to use in other projects.

Yesterday I came across some of the fluorescent pink, rectangle filled paper I had kept. As the evening hours rolled in, I sat down and created this piece. I enjoy that the design in very soothing and organic while the color is very bold – almost obnoxious even.

This piece available at https://www.etsy.com/listing/103317609/fluorescent-abstraction-mixed-media or by emailing micah@azzlsoft.com

Arting for 365 Day 61: Buyer’s Remorse

20 x 7.75″ Ink on Paper

The saleswoman had assured him that this floral headpiece was all the rage for hunting season. “It will do just the trick,” she had proclaimed. Furthermore, he looked “absolutely stunning” in it. “I can throw in the unicycle for an extra $20,” she’d said.

At the time he was certain he was lucky to have come across such an incredible deal. But now, as he sat atop the unicycle with a giant bouquet on his head, he suddenly realized that he had been duped. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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This original piece available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/listing/103263728/buyers-remorse-original-ink-drawing or by emailing micah@azzlsoft.com

Prints of this piece are soon to come and will also be available on etsy.

Arting for 365 Day 58: Field and Stream Page 67

Day 58 (6/25/12): Field & Stream Page 67Goal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

Yesterday I pulled out an old, October 1954 issue of Field and Stream. As I flipped through the magazine, I came upon page 67. The red/orange illustrations that went along with the article were fantastic and I really wanted to incorporate them for day 58.

I started the piece by crossing out part of the text in the article – keeping at least one word per line. The result is abstracted images to accompany a relatively non-sensical article. Below is the “new” article.

When you cover the spot by making the center of your search your bird, often it takes only a smoldering fire. So shred all matches and build. For it takes a long, long time.

Water also leaves its normal tang. One probably doesn’t improve but feels better.

High in the upland, charges just as powerful deliver the plate. When you swing and let drive without being kicked under your hat.

Like life, too good a trip spots the happy days. –A store of pleasant memories.

Here’s a stringer by Albert Zanelli: Cut the toothbrush to a point. Stout around the middle – the other end a plastic pocket – will accommodate fish.

This piece available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/listing/103020430/field-stream-page-67-mixed-media or by emailing micah@azzlsoft.com