Arting for 365 Day 354: Inspired by Niece: Butterfly

Day 354, 9 x 12" Watercolor on pierced paper

Day 354, 9 x 12″ Watercolor on pierced paper

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

I always enjoy sitting down to make art with my neeps. I love seeing what they come up with and the joy they have in creating. Their excitement for learning new techniques or tricks is pretty great too.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of doing some watercolors with my niece. She drew a butterfly and then filled the image with color. Inspired by her lead, I did some very abstracted butterfly wings and then added some piercings.

Day 353 Inspired Butterfly tilted

My niece, Nolan's, work.

My niece, Nolan’s, work.

Arting for 365 Day 351: Long Neck and Long Trunk

Three, 9 x 12" Watercolor on paper

Day 351,Three, 9 x 12″ Watercolor on paper

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

A friend of mine from Jackson, Dana, had a baby a few months ago. She’s been doing some fun decorating in her little girl’s room and decided she’d like to do a bit more while I was there.  Dana had seen an example of stenciled watercolor images that were bright and simple – really lovely. While she got to work on stenciling, I decided to create a few originals to accompany the bugs and frogs she worked on. I had planned to only create the elephant, but it was so much fun to make that I added a giraffe as well. Dana had the great idea of combining three separate images to make a full giraffe.  I think these will make a great addition to the room.

9 x 12" watercolor on paper

9 x 12″ watercolor on paper

micahs giraffe headmicahs giraffe bodymicahs giraffe legs

Arting for 365 Day 349: Fish Feeder

Day 349, ink and acrylic on May, 1955 Field and Stream Magazine

Day 349, ink and acrylic on May, 1955 Field and Stream Magazine

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

They thought him strange, this sheep man, who walked with a can of fish food. His daily routine consisted of waking at 6 a.m. to visit the water’s edge, returning home for breakfast and then repeating the pattern thrice more each day.

His hat, which appeared more a crown, made it crystal clear that fish were what occupied his nimble mind. Those curious of the swimming subjects often asked the sheep man questions. He would continue walking, but smile and disperse thoughtful wisdom on the matter.

Day 349 Fish Feeder Top Detail

Original page

Original page

Day 349 Fish Feeder Big Horn Sheep Detail

Arting for 365 Day 348: Catfish Caught With Flies On the Wall

Day 348, 4 x 6" ink on paper

Day 348, 4 x 6″ ink on paper

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

She prided herself in blending in and chastised those who did not. There was no need for showiness, she thought. Those fish who swam in salty waters – with their bright blues, greens and pinks were all about flash and fiction. Not her style.

But everything can be taken too far. Soon the naive catfish found herself as a fly on the wall – camouflaged by wings. No longer heard or seen.

Arting for 365 Day 347: Softly Dropping

Day 347, 10 x 18" acrylic, ink and pierced paper on canvas

Day 347, 10 x 18″ acrylic, ink and pierced paper on canvas

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

As some of you who have been following this blog know, I’ve done quite a bit of experimenting with pierced paper. Yesterday I decided it was high time to approach the technique in a new way – combining it with paint and ink on canvas. I wanted to keep the subtle quality that goes hand in hand with the white pierced paper, so opted for a soft, muted color palette. Adding ink to the circles, though, creates a bit of contrast, which I think is nice.

I feel like I’m on to something with this combination, but have a lot more exploring to do. Brighter colors, more ink, more pierced paper – all are options I need to investigate.

Day 347 Dropping Softly full

Arting for 365 Day 346: In a Pickle

Day 346, 10 x 30" acrylic, ink and paper on canvas

Day 346, 10 x 30″ acrylic, ink and paper on canvas

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

He was in quite the predicament. Inevitably the sphere below his webbed foot would begin to wobble. His spindly legs would respond with a shake and clatter like stilts maneuvered by a want-to-be circus performer.

The thought frightened him. Other, less leggy birds, might gracefully hop down or flap their wings with ease and fly away. Such seemingly simple acts were impossible for a bird of his stature though. This may not end pretty, he decided.

Day 346 Balancing Act Flamingo detailDay 346 Balancing Act Ball detail

Arting for 365 Day 345: Sans Car

Day 345, 4.75 x 4.75" original drawing colored in Photoshop

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

As I biked to run a few errands yesterday, I couldn’t help but notice all that was around me. Small, metal washers on the ground, flower buds coming up, a man with a thick southern accent talking to an acquaintance. Taking all of this in made me realize how great walking or riding is. The activities allow me to slow down and become distracted by those things I often overlook.

Arting for 365 Day 344: Out of Hibernation

Day 344, 8 x 10" ink and watercolor on paper

Day 344, 8 x 10″ ink and watercolor on paper

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

It seems to me deciduous trees should be classified with the bears and rodents as hibernators. They sleep away their winter days, ignoring cold, biting weather. Alive and working, but not planning to prove it much until spring rolls around. As the sun lingers longer in an April sky, branches bud and blossom, awakening to the warmth.