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 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

Arting for 365 Day 57: Birder

Day 57 (6/24/12): Bird GirlGoal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

She’d really taken a liking to the birds. In fact over the past year or two she’d begun studying up on them – working to identify each little beauty by sound and sight. Of course she knew the easy ones, like the robin and hummingbird. But she could also recognize the finches, sparrows and egrets with ease. At times she even went so far as to call herself a birder.

Now though, as she sat perched on this branch, she realized she had taken her hobby too far.

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This original piece or prints available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/listing/102962770/bird-girl-mixed-media-original or by emailing

Arting for 365 Day 54: Museum Finds

Day 54 (6/21/12): Museum Finds

Each square 4.75 x 4.75″ Ink and watercolor on paper

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

My mom and I drove to Chadron, Nebraska yesterday to see my grandma. Grandma Kathryn is 96 years old, still drives, climbs a steep set of 13 stairs at least once a week, is sharp as a tack, and eats ice cream for dinner nearly every night. She is awesome!

The stairs that Grandma tackles, lead to her basement where, at one time, an amazing collection lived. The collection was not my grandma’s – it was my grandpa Clyde’s and it contained over 6,000 pens and pencils, mounted to peg boards. When my grandpa passed away, Grandma donated the collection to the local museum and I don’t think I had seen it since.

Yesterday we took a ride down to the museum to check them out. It was so great to see the collection again, along with all of the other old treasures they had there. Day 54’s project is drawings of a few antiques we came across: an old printing press, a cool little toy plane and a trike.

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

Arting for 365 Day 53: Paperclip Music

Day 53 (6/20/12): Paperclip Music

5 x 7″ yupo paper

He’d seen all sorts of things made from paperclips – the breadth of which rarely went beyond diffusing bombs – but he had never seen anything quite like this.

The giant clip had been transformed into a musical instrument. Blanketing the atmosphere with F sharps and E flat minors, it stopped the average man dead in his tracks. Its melodies streaming, the old clip would never be looked at the same.

This piece available for purchase. Email me at micah@azzlsoft.com

Arting for 365 Day 51: All a Part of the Plan

Day 51 (6/18/12): All a Part of the Plan

8 x 10″ Mixed Media: Ink & Watercolor

The elaborate scheme to capture the bug was foolproof. The man had hidden among the flowers for days, logging the flight pattern of the curious little creature he now watched. He laid low in the grass, peeking through thin blades in anticipation. Timing the gentle pinch of the puppet fingers was key. He had successfully pinched stray Cheerios in midair hundreds of times, so his confidence was not lacking.

With veteran-like skill, the man moved the strings. The puppet fingers stopped the bug in its tracks. The helpless animal buzzed madly.

The man, with pride in his incredible plan, smiled from ear to ear.  With another switch of the strings, he released the animal, and thought about what it was he might do next.

This piece available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/listing/102491704/all-a-part-of-the-plan-mixed-media-ink or by emailing micah@azzlsoft.com

Arting for 365 Day 50: In Constant Motion

Day 50 (6/17/12): In Constant Motion

8 x 10″ Ink and watercolor on paper

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

I’ve got a few people in my life who seem to be curious about anything and everything. They are constantly seeking out new information, interested in nearly any subject and can’t help but ask why or how at least 1,000 times an hour. I love being around these people. Not only do I find them fascinating, but they tend to be talkers – which I enjoy since I am not always a big talker. AND, as a super bonus, they are just basically amazingly caring people.

Day 50’s project is a portrait of one of these folks. I have taken a somewhat sci-fi approach to portraying what I imagine his brain is like. Feelers reach out in all directions, trying to get a grasp of and understand everything around it.

This piece available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/listing/102414410/in-constant-motion-ink-and-watercolor or by emailing micah@azzlsoft.com

Arting for 365 Day 49: Locks

Day 49 (6/16/12): Bangs

4 x 5″ Mixed Media (Hair – both straight and braided), ink and thread

My friend Mary cut my hair for me yesterday – chopping off a good six inches from my front locks to give me bangs. She did a great job and it was fun to see such a big chunk disappear. She asked what I wanted to do with the hair, and at first I thought, throw it away. But instead I asked her to set it aside.

I’d like to say that I get why people may want to keep a soft ringlet from their baby’s first haircut, or that keeping the 20 inches of hair that they chopped off long ago is kind of fun or sentimental. But if I’m going to be perfectly honest. I don’t get it. Perhaps this is because I’ve never had a baby and never really been attached to my hair. To me, stray hairs are kind of gross. I don’t like finding them in the sink or the bathtub, so why in the world would I actually want to keep them?

Using the remains of my haircut and some ink, I opted to explore the strangeness of keeping locks of hair for day 49’s piece. I was a bit grossed out while manipulating the hair but I actually really like the design. Even at that, I don’t think there is a big buyer’s market for this one on Etsy.