Arting for 365 Day 106: Woven Lines

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

I have never been good at estimating how long something is going to take me. If I tell you I should be able to accomplish a task in 20 minutes, you can basically guarantee I will be done with it in no less than one hour. Such has been the case with my arting over the last few days. Everything seemed to take much longer than anticipated. This is why I was pretty darned excited to sit down with pen and paper last night, with no concrete plan or timeline and just create.

The results are these three 4 x 6″ drawings. Starting with the blue piece, which is collaged insides of business envelopes, I created geometric shapes and then began filling the white space with repeated, thin lines. Liking the line thing so much, I moved on to the flowers, which are collaged wrapping paper. Lastly I moved onto drawing geometric shapes and filling the shapes with the woven lines. The line patterning seems to give the pieces depth and texture – something I find I really enjoy.  nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

As for how long these took me? I’d estimate about 20 minutes ;). nnn

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Arting for 365 Day 97: Lines

Day 97 (8/3/12): LinesGoal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

I have come to realize that repeating a pattern or shape when creating art is as close to a meditative practice as I get. The act seems to allow me to immediately relax.

Perhaps this is why, when I am most high strung or have a broad idea that I am thinking about and can’t quite get my head wrapped around, I tend to turn to repetition in my work. I am able to slow down and think through the issue at hand. I don’t always come up with a brilliant solution, but I feel a heck of a lot better when I’m done.

Day 97: Lines DetailOriginal and print available for purchase

Arting for 365 Day 93: Paths

Day 93 (7/30/12): Paths

20 x 36 (I think. Need to double check the height when I get back to the studio). Acrylic on canvas

It’s interesting to look back on life and all the things we’ve experienced and chosen to do. Sometimes the direction we take is well thought out and planned. Other times it is spontaneous as we roll with the punches and perks of life. In one step we move left, and in the next right. Some of us know where we are headed. Others of us are simply there to enjoy the ride.

Of the thousands of paths to choose from, somehow we all make our way.

Original work available for purchase.

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

Coasters using prints of this design also available

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

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 35: Roostered

Day 35 (6/3/12): RoosteredGoal: To create one work of art each day for 365 consecutive days

It is a rare occasion that I get to enjoy the company of all my neeps (nieces and nephews) at once. But this weekend has been one of those weekends. In fact I even got to see the boyfriend’s neeps – and I love it. It is noisy and rowdy with pillow bombs falling and worms being hunted. It is a ton of fun.

So I found it only natural to ask their expert opinion (clearly they have good taste, they have accepted me as a member in their Furios (furious) Six club) as to what I should create for yesterday’s work. The response from my nephew was a bird – an owl specifically, and a car. Clearly I didn’t take explicit direction, but I did use his suggestions in making the ink drawn 4 x 5.5″ card. And my niece drew right alongside me, which was great!

My mom astutely mentioned that the ink drawing ponders the question of “chicken or the egg” with the answer or “neither, they just met.”


Roostered Nest DetailWork available for purchase at or by emailing me at

Arting for 365 Day 33: Balls Rolling in an Orderly Fashion

Day 33 95/31/12): Balls Rolling in an Orderly FashionAs I sat down to create day 33’s project, I was feeling pretty overwhelmed. And not for a reason you might think. I am finishing up a few side jobs right now that are requiring quite a bit of my attention, but that was not the reason for my anxiety. Nor was the personal goal of creating art everyday. Nope, what got me all a flutter yesterday was my Twitter account.

Day 33: Balls Rolling in an Orderly Fashion DetailI had always thought that the Twits (unofficial term) were celebrities and other folks talking about fluff. But after looking into the Twitter a bit more I realized that it is an awesome resource for articles on art and design. Not to mention I like to hear some of the ridiculous things my brother has to say.  I would wager that most people follow hundreds, maybe even thousands of other people. I think I am following 30ish and it seems to be too much for me to take. Overstimulation. My brain seems exhausted as it tries to keep up with the sometimes great, sometimes not-so-great articles. The boyfriend questioned whether I was attempting to read all of those articles, which would definitely leave me overwhelmed. But I’m not. The information rolls onto my screen in what appears to be an orderly fashion, and I am left to wonder if my brain will ever adapt to this crazy stimulus.

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Arting for 365 Day 30: Subtleties

Goal: To create one work of art each day for 365 consecutive days Day 30 (5/28/12): Subtleties

Typically the work I create is high contrast, high color, or both. Much like some of the colorful outfits I wear while running, there is little which is subtle. (Probably a fact: Wearing a minimum of three completely different colors while running makes you faster.) So yesterday I thought it would be a good challenge to take a stroll down a more muted path in creating my project.

Using pencil, I began by drawing a geometric design. I was oh-so-tempted to pull out my trusty ink pen to bring contrast to the shapes, but I stuck to pencil. I applied variations of tinted white acrylics to the canvas all while telling myself to embrace and enjoy this subtle approach.

By the time I was finished, I had come to really enjoy this break from my norm. I feel like it was probably good for my brain to approach a project in such a different way. But I also have to say I don’t see myself doing too much of it again soon.

The image below was taken at a different time of day- which goes to show how much this work reflects and reacts to the light. Day 30: Subtleties (later in the day)

24 x 36″  Work available for purchase at or by emailing me at

Arting for 365 Day 28: Geometry in Orange & Black

Goal: To create one work of art each day for 365 consecutive daysDay 28: Rich's Tryptic

There are days when it is nice to just draw. -To enjoy the act of creating shapes, lines and color for the soul purpose of creating. Yesterday was one of those days.

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