Arting for 365 Day 313: Drifts

Day 313, 11 x 14" Pierced paper and a smidge of watercolor

Day 313, 11 x 14″ Pierced paper and a smidge of watercolor

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

I thought I’d try my hand at combining different papers for my pierced image yesterday – using a lighter weight teal, and heavier 100 lb white. Here are two things I learned:

1. Putting the heavier paper on top weighed the whole thing down a bit. I should’ve let teal be the star of the show and had white around the outside. Or gotten a heavier teal.

2. The lightweight teal paper is like gizmo. As I added a hint of watercolor to it, it immediately warped. I knew this was going to happen, but at the same time I tried to convince myself it wouldn’t.

As for the design – I wanted to create an image that led the viewers eye throughout and this aspect of the piece feels pretty successful to me. More explorations of this sort are on the horizon.

Day 313 Drifted Path

Day 313 Drifted Tree Day 313 Drifted Snow

Arting for 365 Day 306: Stitched Landscape

Day 306, 4 x 6" Ink on stitched paper

Day 306, 4 x 6″ Ink on stitched paper

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

I was really hoping to get the painting I was working on finished for today’s post. Turns out that was a pipe dream. Instead I completed a smaller piece yesterday.

Not wanting to tear up nice, new big sheets of paper, I found a bunch scraps and stitched them together, then proceeded to draw a very simple design. I didn’t think I’d like this piece as much as I do. Something about the softness of the paper, the simple lines and the way the work is physically bound together while maintaining individual parts pleases me.

Day 306 Stitched Landscape

Arting for 365 Day 288: Keep Out

4 x 6" ink and watercolor on paper

4 x 6″ ink and watercolor on paper

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

If you’ve been following my blog, you may know that I am a Wyoming girl. Yes, I currently live in Colorado, but Wyoming is the place I love. The remoteness, the beautiful landscape (minus a few parts here and there), the lack of crowds – it all appeals to me. If you’ve lived in the state long and meet another Wyomingite, there is definitely a bond. A sort of unspoken knowledge of what Wyoming is and how lucky one is to have had the opportunity to live in the sparsely populated gem. It’s also refreshing to meet new folks who have moved into the state and see their excitement and appreciation for the same things.

Recently a Representative from Wyoming, Hans Hunt, told a new resident, after she voiced concerns about the position he and other politicians were taking, “It offends me to no end when liberal out-of-staters such as yourself move into Wyoming, trying to get away from where they came from, and then pompously demand that Wyoming conform to their way of thinking.”  He continues in an oh-so-friendly manner that makes you wonder if he thinks his family was originally plopped down on the great state by God himself. You can read more of it here, and see afunny meme about it here (my apologies, I’m not certain where this image originated).

Arting for 365 Day 203: Landscape Found

11/17/12

9 x 12″ Watercolor and ink on paper

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

I decided it was time to try something a little different yesterday – something of which I had a little less control over. I pulled out some watercolors and began painting a loose design directly onto a piece of glass. I then grabbed a sheet of watercolor paper, soaked it down, and pressed it onto the painting. The result was a very loose wash of color that brought to mind a misty forest. After letting the paint dry, I drew in trees and other forms to create an abstract landscape.

I like the combination of washes against the bold black lines. My only regret is that I could not seem to get the photo to capture the detail and color as well as I’d hoped it would.

If you would like to have this piece as your own, you can buy it here.

Arting for 365 Day 99: Stamp and Coasters – Seperate Together

Day 99 (8/5/12): Stamp: Seperate Together

Acrylic, stamp and ink on Sierra Nevada paper coasters

Feeling as though I hadn’t quite hit the nail on the head in incorporating stamps into day 98’s project, I thought I’d take another crack at it. This time, though, I decided to scale back my stamp usage.

Using a single stamp as my starting point, and revisiting the idea of units making up the whole, I used the 69 cent (pricey – must be international) treasure as a connecting point for my initial four coasters. I then cut the stamp at the coaster seams and began painting.

As I was finishing up my abstracted mini landscapes, I noticed another stamp with a crane sitting on the table. It dawned on me that painting a crane onto two more coasters and inserting him into the larger landscape was the obvious next step.

I have to say, I am pretty darned pleased with the results. I love that each coaster works separately, while also working as a whole. I also enjoy that I’ve incorporated the stamp in a more subtle way, forcing you to look twice to really see what it is. I feel like I might be on the right track.

Original and prints available for purchase.