Arting for 365 Day 56: Foliage in Albany

Day 56 (6/23/12): Foliage in AlbanyGoal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

The last four days have been spent traveling around to small towns in Nebraska and Wyoming to visit family. Not only do I love seeing my family, I love the tiny towns. They have character and, in the case of the towns I visited in Wyoming, they are beautiful!

Over the course of 2 days we saw hummingbirds – along with their tiny nests and eggs- and a ton of other birds (of which I don’t know the name of.) We saw a deer and two little fawn and some great wildflowers as well.

Day 56’s project is my take on the cool little flower I found, and, what I think were willow reeds. I’ve also included a few pics of the hummingbird and nest below. Enjoy!  aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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This piece available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/listing/102889264/foliage-in-albany-ink-drawing or by emailing me at micah@azzlsoft.com

Arting for 365 Day 51: All a Part of the Plan

Day 51 (6/18/12): All a Part of the Plan

8 x 10″ Mixed Media: Ink & Watercolor

The elaborate scheme to capture the bug was foolproof. The man had hidden among the flowers for days, logging the flight pattern of the curious little creature he now watched. He laid low in the grass, peeking through thin blades in anticipation. Timing the gentle pinch of the puppet fingers was key. He had successfully pinched stray Cheerios in midair hundreds of times, so his confidence was not lacking.

With veteran-like skill, the man moved the strings. The puppet fingers stopped the bug in its tracks. The helpless animal buzzed madly.

The man, with pride in his incredible plan, smiled from ear to ear.  With another switch of the strings, he released the animal, and thought about what it was he might do next.

This piece available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/listing/102491704/all-a-part-of-the-plan-mixed-media-ink or by emailing micah@azzlsoft.com

Arting for 365 Day 41: Order

Day 41 (6/8/12): Order

21 x 26″ Ink on paper

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

You may or may not remember this, but last week I determined Fridays were destined to become “Coaster Fridays.” Well, I was wrong. Instead of designing a resting spot for a beer, I spent yesterday finishing up this big daddy of a drawing.

The design stemmed from my recent thoughts on order and organization – two things I struggle with and don’t really love. What I do love is being outside to enjoy nature, and so I began comparing the two. I recognized that the reason I like getting outdoors, beyond blowing the stink off of me, is that it seems open and free and somewhat random.  But as I thought about it more carefully, I realized that so much in nature is actually pretty structured too.  I decided I would create something to reflect the organization and patterns in the natural world.

The resulting piece is a juxtaposition of precise patterning created from less precise, “Micah-like” designs that give the work character beyond its structure.

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This work available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/listing/101763681/order-ink-drawing or by emailing micah@azzlsoft.com

Arting for 365 Day 39: Compartmentalized

Day 39 (6/6/12): Compartmentalized

6 x 6″ Ink on paper

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

I learned or reaffirmed four things yesterday:

1. If I feel groggy, have my short sleeves rolled up and am sweating, it might be time to turn on the AC.

2. Completing a smaller scale project (day 39’s piece) after spending hours on a multi-day project is a good challenge – not only for my brain but in reaching my goal.

3. Think twice before throwing any “trash” away. I nearly tossed the Ace discount card holder before realizing it would make a good stencil.

4. Many of the sound effects you hear during sporting events are designed. Check it out.

This piece available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/listing/101607292/compartmentalized-ink-drawing or by emailing me at micah@azzlsoft.com