Arting for 365 Day 233: A Different Path

12/17/12

6.25 x 10.25 Ink on paper

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

He recognized long ago that he wasn’t like the others. Physically, he didn’t belong. His stubby antlers never reached a length of more than a few inches. And he honestly didn’t care for foraging or trudging through four feet of snow in the dead of winter.

Not handsome by nature’s standards – that required a six point rack at the least – but sharp as a tack. Numbers were his thing.

So he packed his bags and made his way to the city. Wall Street specifically – where a fine suit and silk tie trumped antlers hands down, and numbers were the name of the game.

Day 233 Head Detail

Arting for 365 Day 217: Whirlwind

12/1/12

5.5 x 8.5 ink on paper


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

The last few days have been a whirlwind. An art show, moving, more moving and arting. A lot of great stuff has happened in just a few short days. I love the adventure and excitement of it all, but I have to admit, I’m going to be pretty happy when I get all settled in and find a bit of time to breath.

Day 217 detail

Arting for 365 Day 182: Growing Downward

Day 182 (10/27/12): Growing Quickly Down

8.5 x 11″ ink on paper

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

She was climbing the corporate ladder and found the higher up she got, the more wobbly it became.

Mid-climb, as she reached for the next rung, it dawned on her that perhaps she should have grown downward as well. Established roots to help ground this shaky apparatus.

She looked down, then looked back up and continued climbing.

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 170: Self Portrait in Shadow

Day 170 (10/15/12): Self Portrait From Shadow

8 x 10″ Watercolor and ink on paper

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

As I readied myself to work on yesterday’s piece, the sky became filled with an amazing light. I got up and looked out the window. The edges of clouds glowed and there seemed to be a hazy calm across everything. It lasted only a few minutes but was spectacular.

Perhaps taking the time to stop and watch the light outside was the reason for my noticing my simple shadow when I sat back down. My head’s shape filled the blank piece of paper and I was immediately taken by it. Perhaps it was the vagueness of the silhouette that I was so drawn to. The only telling sign it might be me were the ears fanning out prominently. Whatever it was, I was certain I wanted to capture the shadow in that moment.

The resulting piece is this calm, flowing, abstract piece.

Work is available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/listing/112319722/portrait-in-shadow-abstract-watercolor

Arting for 365 Day 169: Foliage, Geometry and Photoshop

Day 169 (10/14/12): Foliage II in Blue and GreenGoal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

Another attempt at “painting” in Photoshop. My yesterday’s claim that “I’ve enjoyed it”  is being edited to -“Oh my gosh this was so tedious it just about killed me.”

I must remind myself that a challenge is good for me. I’m certain of it…

This is bound to get easier with practice though, right?

Original 8.5″ x 11″ Ink on paper