Arting for 365 Day 135: Familiarity

Day 135 (9/10/12): Rocks, Leaves, Grass

~8 x 11″ Watercolor

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

Yesterday was one of those days in which I was feeling pretty darned uninspired. This a bit of an issue when you’ve committed to doing a project a day, but it was nothing that couldn’t be overcome. Here is why:

Even when my brain feels completely blank, there are still things that just feel natural to draw and paint. Repeated circles, lines and leaves are all very familiar and comforting to me. I suppose I could liken them to a t-shirt whose years of wear have made it incredibly soft. The difference, I hope is that while the t-shirt might eventually need to be tossed out, the familiar elements will simply be adapted and used in new ways.  Or perhaps like the old t-shirt, I simply save them for the days when comfort and familiarity trump the need for much else.

This piece available for purchase.

Arting for 365 Day 132: Energy Headdress

Goal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days
Yesterday was my second time participating in the First Friday Gallery Walk here in Fort Collins and I had a great time. My parents, brother and his wife all came down, which was fantastic, and I got the chance to chat with some great people throughout the night.
But because I had drastically underestimated (shocking, I know) the amount of time it would take to rearrange my space and get work presentable, I found myself scrambling to get day 132’s art done. Lucky for me, my frenetic energy landed directly into my drawing. I love the result. The small 4.75 x 4.75″ piece brings to mind a wild headdress. Perhaps something I could wear to harness my brain’s energy when it becomes scattered and anxious.

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 109: British Profanities: Like Cupcakes and Rainbows

Day 109 (8/15/12): British ProfanitiesGoal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

As I was biking home yesterday, I started thinking about profanities. -More specifically, British profanities. I don’t know what triggered this line of thought, but none-the-less, I was thinking about it.

Running through a short list of basic English cuss words, a smile came across my face. You see, when a person with a fabulous British accent spouts off anything, it sounds lovely to me. I’d go so far to say that they make profanities sound adorable.

A mad man could be screaming horrible things at me, but so long as he had a great English accent and used words like bollocks, I think I’d just grin and let him how fun he sounds.


If  you can’t live without this little design, you can buy it. Email me for prints.

Arting for 365 Day 101: Fluorescent Cut Paper II

Day 101 (8/7/12): Fluorescent Paper Cut 2Goal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

You know when you do something and do it again in hopes of figuring out just exactly what you’re trying to do? Well, that seems to be the case with these cut paper projects. What have I figured out? I don’t know exactly except that:

  1. I go through a lot of X-acto blades
  2. My pointer finger ends up a smidge sore
  3. My flip off (aka middle) finger is building up a great callus
  4. The designs, while intricate and lovely, aren’t pushing my brain enough
  5. I need to approach them differently
  6. I’m not exactly sure what “differently” looks like

To be continued…

Arting for 365 Day 81: Fluorescent Cut Out Abstraction

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

I believe it was in the eighth grade that I worked lovingly on a detailed drawing, and halfway through, spilled food on it. I didn’t throw the work away and I actually don’t remember being too upset about it (my parents may remind me otherwise). Instead I simply covered the food stain by drawing an image of some sort over it.
I have held tight to the notion that something is only a “mess up” if you aren’t willing to change course.
Yesterday, a few minor botches in cutting started adding up to big botches. I took my own advice and changed course. Flipping my paper over in order to more easily ignore my original design, I began cutting freestyle. The result is this flowing cut paper design that I feel is a success.

This 8 x 10″ piece (super fluorescent but the pic didn’t capture it) will be available for purchase eventually. Right now I’m running a race in Washington! I’ll put it on Etsy when I get back.

Arting for 365 Day 34: A Place to Rest Your Beer

Day 34 (6/1/12): A Place to Rest Your BeerGoal: To create one work of art each day for 365 consecutive days

Friday’s may become my official coaster creation days. It seems the perfect day for it. My brain is working its way toward weekend mode  – thinking about the time I will get to spend with family or friends, time spent outdoors, with perhaps a summer beverage thrown in for good measure.  Basically, I typically feel like creating something fun.

Day 34 was filled with simple, bold designs using bright colors and cut up envelopes. I once again used old Sierra Nevada paper coasters to build on. When finished, I did my due diligence, ensuring that they work by testing them out with a glass of beer!

Day 34: A Place to Rest YOur Beer Detail 1Day 34: A Place to Rest Your Beer Detail 2Day 34: A Place to Rest Your Beer Beer Detail

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Arting for 365 Day 24: Seedy

Day 24 (5/22/12): Seedy

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

If you have been following my daily endeavor, it may be obvious to you that I am fascinated by the little seeds I found and used in day 10 and day 14’s projects. I love how delicate they appear – even though they are pretty rigid, the textured lines that grow from their spine outward, and their perfect wing-like shape. So I thought I would interpret these traits by incorporating a drawing of the seed in day 24’s piece.

It was clear to me that I needed to pair my drawing with seeds for the 11 x 14” work. But after gluing them down it was obvious that the large drawing and the seeds competed with each other – fighting for attention and definitely not working together. I hoped that glazing each seed with paint would fix the problem, but instead, a muddy mess appeared. The seeds had to go. As I began peeling each off, great silhouettes appeared, allowing me to explore my drawing a bit further.

Day 25 (5/22/12): Seedy Detail

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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