Arting for 365 Day 77: Drawing Post Brew Fest and Late Drive Home

Day 77 *7/14/12): Drawing Post BrewfestGoal: To create one piece of work each day for 365 consecutive days

Yesterday was a jam packed day of visiting with friends and enjoying a brewfest. We had a great time but it also meant I was pushing the envelope to get my daily art piece done.

Nearer to midnight than I am comfortable with, I created this abstracted floral ink piece. Drawing the detailed thick and thin flowing lines was a great way to finish up my day.

Original piece and print  both available for purchase.

Arting for 365 Day 73: In “Loo” of a Toilet

Day 73 (7/10/12): In "loo" of a toiletGoal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

There are days when I feel like I’m just spinning in circles. Yesterday, after sitting for hours accomplishing little, and feeling a bit mopey about the situation, I realized I needed a new scene – literally. I grabbed a pen and a piece of paper in which I had glued pieces of floral wrapping paper. I moved from the muggy little room I was attempting to work in to the cool bathroom floor.

The seemingly mundane toilet became a fascinating subject for me. Drawing it I noticed its shadows, shiny spots and designed lines. (I also happened to notice some of the dust and grime – but that’s another project). I was reminded that I should never be stumped as to what to draw. We’re surrounded by all sorts of great stuff if we just take a moment to look at it.

Available for purchase as original or as a print

Arting for 365 Day 71: Pinks and Oranges

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

I happily dug into my stash of Sierra Nevada paper coasters, again, to create day 71’s work. To begin the piece, I taped the coasters together, similar to day 48. I’m a fan of this process for a few reasons:

1. When you lay the finished squares together, you see a larger work

2. Each individual square is its own little work of art

3. I really, for some odd reason, like the leftover marks from where I pull the tape off.

This coaster making go-round, I opted for a bright pink and orange color palette. Using my trusty ink pen I drew some foliage, and added a smidge of green to complete the piece. I really dig the work and think beer pints are going to feel right at home on these bold little guys.

On a somewhat separate note, I found out that coating the coasters with varnish is a great way to make them last. So I am making a bunch of new sets, which I’ll have to share when I get finished. I’m also starting to make prints of the originals. The slideshow has an example of one of the prints on a ceramic coaster tile – although it’s a wee bit hard to see w/the glass on top of it…

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Original piece available for sale at https://www.etsy.com/listing/103992812/pinks-and-oranges-mixed-media-originals

Coasters using prints of this design also available https://www.etsy.com/listing/103999594/pinks-and-oranges-printed-coasters

Arting for 365 Day 70: Serious Business

4 x 5″ Ink on Paper

Yesterday I decided to draw a self-portrait to replace my avatar. I sat in front of the mirror and held still as my pencil moved across the paper. I worked and worked, but I just wasn’t feeling it. Original idea nixed. Cat character idea adopted.

The goal in drawing the character was to capture a cat’s no-nonsense personality using human characteristics. Most cats- our cat, Box included- seem to take every endeavor quite seriously. From getting in the middle of whatever project we are working on to chasing string, it is all done with complete focus. The cat is all business, while we laugh at his ridiculousness.

Box is such an inspiration!

This original piece available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/listing/103904640/serious-business-original-ink-drawing

Prints available too! https://www.etsy.com/listing/103904722/serious-business-cat-character-print

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 68: Lone Ball

Day 68 (7/5/12): Lone BallGoal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

The ball definitely sat all alone, but somehow it did not feel lonely. Perfectly content with its rounded self, it reflected the evening light as the sun moved down the horizon.

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

Arting for 365 Day 66: Aglet

Day 66 (7/3/12): AgletGoal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

Everyone else appeared to manipulate their shoelaces to produce an elegant and secure bow with ease. Her botched attempts though, brought a mess of tangles and knots. The aglets at the end of the laces mocked her efforts, wielding their way out of her amateur hands to present a challenge she had never before encountered.

Try after try she could not wrangle the shoestring. “I’ll give it one more go,” she told herself over and over again.

Suddenly, her fingers became nimble to the loops, twists and pulls. –Success.

 

This greeting card available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/listing/103687489/aglet-original-ink-drawing-on-greeting or by emailing 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