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 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.

Arting for 365 Day 98: Stamps

Day 98 (8/4/12): StampedGoal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

My grandma Minnian, who has long ago passed away, was a big collector of stamps. She wasn’t your traditional stamp collector though. The ones she kept were those she received in the mail on letters. They are worthless in terms of monetary value, but are fabulous miniature works of art, records of history, and a great reminder of her.

In the past I’ve incorporated them into a few projects and thought I’d pull them out again (along with some other stamps folks have given me along the way) for day 98’s piece.

Using remnants from my day 89 cut paper piece, bits of cards and envelopes, and grandma’s stamps, I collaged this 8 x 10″ design. I love the bold colors and lines in the work, but feel like I haven’t quite figured out the perfect way to use the stamps. I guess this just means I’ve got some more experimentation to do.

Original piece available for purchase.

Arting for 365 Day 95: Residual Marks From Cut Paper

Day 95 (8/1/12): Residual Marks from Cut Paper

12 x 12″

In order to not completely ruin my old work table, I have been putting scraps of canvas under my cut paper work. The other day I noticed an incredible design that was being created as the x-acto blade marked one of my pieces of gessoed canvas. The pattern was fantastic. I liked it so much, I hoped I could simply stretch the marked up canvas around a frame and call it done. But because I had also cut through it in some areas, this was not possible. So I hung on to the tattered piece, waiting to use it in something else.

Yesterday I pulled out the canvas and created this non-representational piece. The work feels quite different from my typical approach with its geometric, bold red areas, but it has grown on me. I’d like to say I hope to create more of these, but strangely, I haven’t been able to get the marks to show up again.

Original piece 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 64: Sunrise Flower Abstraction

Day 64 (6/30/12): Sunrise Flower Abstraction

4.75 x 4.75 Ink & watercolor on paper

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

Orbs of morning dew coalesce on petals, leaves and mountain tops, as the sun wakes – slowly stretching its arms.

Rays of color emerge from the shadows.

It is morning.

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Arting for 365 Day 62: Fluorescent Abstraction

Day 62 (6/29/12): Fluorescent Abstraction

4 x 5″ Iron-on Paper, ink, paper

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

Three or four years back I started making onesies for some of my preggor friends using iron on paper for the designs. The left over paper often had really great, bright colors and an interesting texture – similar to that of reptile skin. I didn’t throw much of that paper away, thinking it would be nice to use in other projects.

Yesterday I came across some of the fluorescent pink, rectangle filled paper I had kept. As the evening hours rolled in, I sat down and created this piece. I enjoy that the design in very soothing and organic while the color is very bold – almost obnoxious even.

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Arting for 365 Day 58: Field and Stream Page 67

Day 58 (6/25/12): Field & Stream Page 67Goal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

Yesterday I pulled out an old, October 1954 issue of Field and Stream. As I flipped through the magazine, I came upon page 67. The red/orange illustrations that went along with the article were fantastic and I really wanted to incorporate them for day 58.

I started the piece by crossing out part of the text in the article – keeping at least one word per line. The result is abstracted images to accompany a relatively non-sensical article. Below is the “new” article.

When you cover the spot by making the center of your search your bird, often it takes only a smoldering fire. So shred all matches and build. For it takes a long, long time.

Water also leaves its normal tang. One probably doesn’t improve but feels better.

High in the upland, charges just as powerful deliver the plate. When you swing and let drive without being kicked under your hat.

Like life, too good a trip spots the happy days. –A store of pleasant memories.

Here’s a stringer by Albert Zanelli: Cut the toothbrush to a point. Stout around the middle – the other end a plastic pocket – will accommodate fish.

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