Arting for 365 Day 107: Bad Ass

Day 107 (8/13/12): Bad AssGoal: To create one work of art each day for 365 consecutive days

He felt good. He felt good because he knew he looked good. “Actually,” he thought to himself, “I look amazing.”

The look was edgy. New. It said “notice me,” while simultaneously commanding “think twice about messing with me.” He was certain his new style was soon to be all the rage.

If you love this piece, you can buy it here as a print, or contact me for the original.

Arting for 365 Day 103: A Complicated Language

Day 103 (8/9/12): Her Imaginary Pig and Dog

4 x 5″ Ink on paper

She speaks a language all her own and doesn’t seem to mind that you aren’t smart enough to understand the depth of her conversations.

Through gestures you may pick up on the fact that she got new shoes or that she found a new species of bug on the porch. But because you lack the ability to understand her complicated language, you will never know of her pet dog which only comes out when adults are away. You will never hear about the pig balloon she invented – fat and funny as it was – that blew away on a windy day.

These stories will have to wait.

Arting for 365 Day 102: Go With the Flow

Day 102 (8/8/12): Go With the FlowGoal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

“Go with the flow,” they had said. So he hopped in his rowboat and waited for a tide. But ponds in the middle of a suburb offer little in the way of waves. He sat at the ready – alert to inspiration. Somehow, though, he couldn’t shake the sense that such a tactic may not garner the grandest results.

Original piece and print available for purchase

Day 102: Go With the Flow Rhino DetailOriginal piece and prints available for purchase

Arting for 365 Day 97: Lines

Day 97 (8/3/12): LinesGoal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

I have come to realize that repeating a pattern or shape when creating art is as close to a meditative practice as I get. The act seems to allow me to immediately relax.

Perhaps this is why, when I am most high strung or have a broad idea that I am thinking about and can’t quite get my head wrapped around, I tend to turn to repetition in my work. I am able to slow down and think through the issue at hand. I don’t always come up with a brilliant solution, but I feel a heck of a lot better when I’m done.

Day 97: Lines DetailOriginal and print available for purchase

Arting for 365 Day 94: Colloquial Uses of the Word Chicken

Day 94 (7/31/12): Colloquial Uses of the Word ChickenGoal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

For some reason I felt like drawing a chicken yesterday. As I started in on the guy, I began thinking about the many, many ways we use “chicken” in our everyday language.

Other animals are not completely forgotten in colloquial English. I have thrown out a “holy cow” from time to time and may have even used the term “horse’s ass” once or twice – but such sayings are a drop in the bucket when compared to the chicken.

Shoot. I think the earliest joke I ever learned was, “Why did the chicken cross the road?”

This leaves me to wonder. How in the heck did the chicken become so popular?

Original and prints available for purchase

Arting for 365 Day 92: Bell Pepper Innards

Day 92 (7/29/12): Bell Pepper Innards

4.75 x 4.75″ Ink on paper

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

Oh sweet bell pepper. Your smooth and shiny outside is a fine sight to see. Your real beauty, however, is found upon slicing you open.

Long, structural ribs form your walls. And your heart, a mass of seeds stemming from – well, your stem – is the poster child for texture.

You, delicious bell pepper, are stunning.

Original piece and prints available for purchase.

Arting for 365 Day 84: Exhaustion Drawing

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

Getting an hour of two of sleep during a 28 hour relay running race, can make a girl tired. Therefore, for day 84, I decided to go with a very free flowing, abstract drawing that would allow me to use my exhausted brain in a positive way.

As for the race: I have no idea where we placed among the 300 other teams. But I’m sure we kicked arse – or at least were the nicest/best looking/best personality/best rule breaking team out there.

Washington has been great! Time to head back home to Colorado.

Arting for 365 Day 83: More Washington Inspiration

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

As you may or may not know, we’ve been in Washington running a great relay race with friends and family. One thing has been clear along the way: Washington has tons of stuff that grows. The humid air allows trees, plants, and flowers, to abound. Buds and leaves are giant and beautifully colored. The rain and humidity does awesome things…for plants.

It is not, however, awesome for keeping shoes sog-free. Not a bad price to pay for running through a forest by the ocean though.

Arting for 365 Day 82: Impressions of Seattle

Goal: To create a piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days
Wednesday night we flew into Seattle to meet up with friends and family to run our annual summertime relay race (one of my favorite events of the year). The Pacific Northwest is new to me and, as expected, I have loved the lush, beautiful landscape. That I get to see it with some of my most favorite people ever is a complete bonus.
Day 82’s piece is a small, 4 x 5″ ink drawing of my initial impressions of Seattle. As we descended into Seattle, the mountains peeked out through the woven clouds we were flying above. Upon landing I and walking around, I realized even the weeds are pretty here!
As for the race – team Are We There Yet? is kicking it old school. Only two more legs to run in the next 24 hours. And running at sea level is fabulous!

Arting for 365 Day 78: High on the Hog

Day 78 (7/15/12): High on the HogGoal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

The other day I heard a news report that is pretty common. It regarded big banks (which to me equals a bunch of super rich men and perhaps a few women) who were acting like jack asses with other people’s money. The amount of money these banks had played with and lost was astonishing.

Shortly after that, another report came on talking about Mitt Romney and some out of touch thing he had said regarding money.

Both of these reports got me thinking about the old saying “high on the hog.” Years ago, I imagine saying such a thing meant someone was doing well for themselves – they bought a new car or house or took a big vacation. But what in the heck does it mean today? Instead of one new car, perhaps a few new jets? Instead of a house a block of buildings?  To be high on the hog these days, the hog has got to be sitting pretty high.

P.S. If you don’t want to think of this adorable pig as social commentary, just think of it as “Babe – Pig in the City.” That’s what the boyfriend says it reminds him of anyway.

Original and print available for purchase.