Arting for 365 Day 173: Stark, Dry Flowers

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

My five-ish hour drive to Crested Butte, Colorado was a gorgeous one yesterday. Blue skies, a few leaves left on the trees – windy at times, but lovely overall. I’m going to be in the tiny ski town for two weeks in order to help out my former boss.

After working yesterday afternoon and having a really nice dinner with the folks I’ll be working with, I jumped in on this ~8 x 10″ drawing of dried flowers. I really like the odd starkness of the image. The vast amount of white is a bit unsettling, and yet I’m kind of drawn to it for this reason.

Below are a few pics of the area. I feel like these next few busy weeks are definitely going to be a good challenge for me to stick with my arting. Keep your fingers crossed!

View from the deck of the house I am staying. Too bad it’s so ugly.

Arting for 365 Day 121: Hoya

Day 121 (8/27/12): Hoya

11 x 14″ Ink, Hoya flowers and stems

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

As some of you may know, we jetted (actually trucked) off to the mountains of Wyoming this past weekend for a wedding. Our friends Mary and Nathan were nice enough to let us stay at their house Friday night, which is always a treat.

Mary has a bit of a green thumb and so I often check out her plants. She has a crazy amount of them that all magically seem to be thriving. As I was looking at her collection of greenery, I noticed this amazing plant called a hoya. It had waxy green leaves and spectacular bundles of flowers that were attached to long penducles (stems).

One of the rounded bundles had died, but was still attached to the plant. Mary pulled the dead flowers and stems off and turned to me knowing this was something I could use. I was pretty excited about the new treasure, as was the boyfriend – “Thanks Mary, more trash.”

Yesterday I used the dried stems and flowers along with some ink to create a somewhat deconstructed version of the hoya. Enjoy!

Arting for 365 Day 118: Mountain Connection

Some friends of ours are getting married today, so late yesterday afternoon we headed to good ‘ol Wyoming to take part in the festivities.
To celebrate the special occasion, I decided I’d create a piece of art for them. The bride and groom are fantastic people. They both love the outdoors, are full of life and have wonderful boisterous laughs that fill a room. So it was pretty easy to come up with something that I hope they’ll like and that reminded me of the two of them.
The wedding should be wonderful. We’ll be in the mountains, surrounded by great friends, great music and a lotta love.

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 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 61: Buyer’s Remorse

20 x 7.75″ Ink on Paper

The saleswoman had assured him that this floral headpiece was all the rage for hunting season. “It will do just the trick,” she had proclaimed. Furthermore, he looked “absolutely stunning” in it. “I can throw in the unicycle for an extra $20,” she’d said.

At the time he was certain he was lucky to have come across such an incredible deal. But now, as he sat atop the unicycle with a giant bouquet on his head, he suddenly realized that he had been duped. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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This original piece available for purchase at or by emailing

Prints of this piece are soon to come and will also be available on etsy.