Arting for 365 Day 247: Spinning in Circles

12 x 28" acrylic on canvas

12 x 28″ acrylic on canvas

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

There are days when the mind spins in endless circles. It frets over issues large and small. It’s indecisive, uncertain, turned around. It seeps frazzled energy, uncertain of how to put it to good use. The mind turns and turns until it can turn no more; slumping into a heap of exhaustion.

Day 247 DetailThis piece available for purchase on etsy

Arting for 365 Day 232: A Beautiful Time of Year

Day 232: Tangled

3 x 5″ watercolor and ink on paperDay 232

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

Whether you’re into Christmas and the holiday season or not, you’ve got to admit the lights are pretty fabulous. The ugliest of venues becomes a dazzling site, come nighttime. Trees and snow (if you are lucky enough to have it) glow and all seems right with the world.

Last weekend we visited a little vodka distillery in Boulder, CO called the 303. Perhaps it was the vodka in me, but I was taken by the loveliness of the place, as the room filled with a warm glow from the many strands of lights. We chatted with friends, toasted to a happy birthday, and I took solace in the fact that while there are things that are wrong with the world, there are many, many more that are right.


Arting for 365 Day 220: White Picket Fence


Six 3 x 3″ acrylic painted coasters

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

A fence

White picket

Stands confused in its purpose

A welcoming repetition of bright lines

Latched tightly shut

Arting for 365 Day 197: Unfamiliar Space

11/11/12Goal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

Some of you may have noticed that the work I have been producing lately is on the small side. I find absolutely nothing wrong with small pieces of art. In fact, I think small pieces can be more intimate. They really force a viewer to come in closely to check out the details, but I have to admit I miss working on a larger scale.
As we move from a roomy apartment to a 27′ RV, I have yet to figure out where exactly I will have studio space. I think I’ve got some promising options, but until I get things ironed out, small art will rule the day!
Oh – another positive about these small pieces: Eventually I will have enough 3 x 5″ rectangles to cover the RV walls, which could use some new wallpaper anyway.

Arting for 365 Day 126: Into September

Day 126 (9/1/12): September Flower

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

It is hard to believe that it has been four months since I decided making art everyday and blogging about it was a good idea. Do I still think the decision was a wise one? Heck yeah, I do! Here are a few reasons why:

  1. When someone asks, “What are you doing today?” I actually have an answer. This was not always the case prior to the arting endeavor.
  1. My 96 year old grandma, who rarely surfs the internet, does get on rather regularly to look at my site. This in turn makes me feel like kind of a big deal.
  1. Someone actually bought the drawing I did of a toilet. Granted the purchaser did not realize it was a toilet at first, but once he did, he still bought it. This must mean the world has a sense of humor.
  1. I have a nearly endless supply of birthday/Christmas/Kwanza/Leap Year presents (whether people want them or not).
  1. I get to tell strange stories about animals and then convince people they are clever, not crazy.
  1. I do what I love everyday.

Arting for 365 Day 123: Contrast Flow

Day 123 (8/29/12): Contrast Flow

Big daddy: 42 x 72″. For those of you who don’t like division 3.5 x 6′

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

Three or four years back I switched from painting with oils to using acrylics. I had painted with oils for years, and in fact loved them. I loved the way they could be manipulated and pulled across a canvas. I loved that mistakes could quickly be wiped off and new attempts made. I loved their rich color and their unique smell. But as I became more prolific (or at least semi-prolific) with painting, I realized that while that smell was great in small doses, all of the chemicals, oils, and varnishes were too much for my allergies to take. So I made the switch.

It took a bit of time to adjust but after finding good thick paints and some great slow drying mediums, I decided that acrylics are really pretty fantastic. I’ll admit that they seem to be slightly less forgiving, but if medium is added you can work with them long enough to make changes and do some good blending. Good paints and mediums also seem to give acrylics a richness, not as great, but similar to oils. And the biggest perk to acrylics is that if no medium is added, their drying time is super-fast. This means that a person as impatient as myself does not have to wait long to build up color. Needless to say I am an acrylic convert.

There has only been one area in which I have wondered whether painting with acrylics would work as well as painting with oils- and that is on a large scale canvas. Because of the quicker drying time, I worried that creating the blended washes I love so much may not be possible. I decided that I’d set out to see on a 42 x 72” canvas.

Verdict: It can be done. I realized quickly that it takes a TON of medium to make it happen. But a nice blended wash is possible. (I completely forgot to get a pic of the initial background, so my half painted, taken with my camera phone piece below will have to suffice.)

With the blended orange and yellow as my background, I quickly built up my design on top and I’m pretty pleased with the result.


Arting for 365 Day 114: Utilizing the Amazing Breweries of Ft. Collins

Day 114 (8/20/12): Utilizing New BelgiumGoal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

It turns out that our lovely little city of Ft. Collins is a bit of a mecca for microbreweries. In fact FoCo – as it’s known by some – has the most microbreweries per capita in all of Colorado. And seeing as how Colorado is a major player in the craft brew industry, this seems like a pretty big deal.

New Belgium Brewing is a top notch brewery here in town and the most recognized of the bunch. Their beers are tasty – sours being my favorite – they give fantastic tours, and they have some pretty fun coaster designs. Realizing that I needed to start supporting the locals with my coaster adventures, I swung by New Belgium yesterday and picked up a fresh batch.

Using the original coaster designs as a jumping off point, I painted these three brightly colored little gems. I worked to keep the paintings very simple and playful.  The first, a Shift Rocket; the second, a strange and fun little scene involving a tricycle; and third, a cat tail, fish, pitcher still life of sorts.

An endless supply of fun coasters: Just another perk of living in a beer town.