Arting for 365 Day 105: Targets

Day 105 (8/12/12)

10 x 20″ Acrylic on canvas

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

She’d never been a particularly great shot. She blamed this partly on the fact that she never knew what she was aiming for.

This time, though, the girl had spotted her target in the distance and was ready to settle in and take aim – confident of nailing the bulls eye, dead on.

But as it came time to shoot, she found her confidence lagging. Her singular target now presented itself as many. And to top it off, the bulls eyes seemed to be moving. With a sigh and a shrug she considered the positive fact that at least with many moving targets there ought to be a chance of hitting something. nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnm

Love this piece? You can buy it here, if you’d like.

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 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 91: Post Enduro Reflection

Day 91 (7/28/12): Budding Abstraction

8 x 10″ watercolor and ink on paper

Goal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days
Along with some friends, we volunteered to help out at the Laramie Enduro ( a 70+ mile mountain bike race that brings riders from all over the US to little ‘ol Laramie, Wyoming) yesterday. This has become an annual event that we love to take part in.

This piece was created after returning home and thinking about the wonderful day spent in the wilds of Wyoming.

Arting for 365 Day 87: Elephant in the Room

Day 87 (7/24/12): Elephant in the RoomGoal: To create a piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

The elephant wasn’t as big as she’d imagined he’d be. She wasn’t sure if this was due to the elephant actually being somewhat small for a pachyderm, or if the room was overly large. Either way, it was a pleasant surprise. A small elephant in the room seemed much more manageable than a large one.

Original painting is available for purchase.

Arting for 365 Day 75: Roll With It

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

Technically it is called a sphere, but I prefer ball. Either way, the object is such a lovely little thing. It has no top or bottom nor front or back. It presents itself equally to all and – due to its natural form – easily rolls with the punches. A lovely little thing, indeed.

Coasters, both original and as printed versions, will be available shortly on etsy. Until then, if you are interested in them, please email me at micah@azzlsoft.com

Arting for 365 Day 72: Emu

Day 72 (7/9/12): Emu

11 x 14″ Acrylic on crazy thick paper

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

I’ve been enjoying personifying animals in my work lately.  The images make me laugh and tackling human ideas and emotions via a four footed or winged friend is something I’ve really enjoyed. It puts things in perspective – which keeps me from taking things too seriously.

For day 72 I wanted to explore the emu. This little guy is a study for a larger piece I have in mind in which I plan to personify Mr. Emu.

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Original and prints of this piece are available for purchase

Arting for 365 Day 67: Not Just Any Fruit

Day 67 (7/4/12): Not Just Any Fruit

4 x 5.5″ Greeting card. Watercolor.

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

Most fruits are enjoyable enough. They are sweet and refreshing – leaving you feeling pretty good about eating your daily quota. For the most part, you enjoy them, but they aren’t something you’d yell about from the rooftop. Now and again, though, at the peak of a season, you come upon a fruit that is beyond delectable.

Its juices run down your hand as you slurp madly to catch every last bit. Bright reds, oranges, purples and greens hint at the goodness inside. Your salivary glands work overtime just imagining the next bite. This is not just any fruit. This fruit deserves a place on a pedestal.

This piece available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/listing/103687979/not-just-any-fruit-original-watercolor or by emailing micah@azzlsoft.com

Arting for 365 Day 65: Foliage and Dew Abstraction

Day 65 (7/2/12): Foliage and Dew Abstraction

14 x 42″ Acrylic on canvas

Since this whole, making art every day for a year thing started, I’ve barely put brush to canvas. For day 65’s work though, I pulled out the acrylics with an aim to create a large scale abstracted piece.Two things in particular inspired the work:

1. I recently sold one of my favorite pieces. I LOVE that this happened, but the bare wall where it once hung seems, well, really bare. I was missing the work a wee bit and so it felt good to create something with a repeated circle pattern:

2. I really liked day 64’s delicate little piece. There was something about the stippling-esque approach that appealed to me. I wanted to explore something similar, on a larger scale.

I gotta say, I am super happy with the way this puppy turned out. It combines both painterly and drawerly (made up word) approaches.

Side Note: Some of you have wondered if I actually get these big pieces done in one day. The answer is sometimes. I started this one late Sunday afternoon, worked on it all day yesterday and put finishing touches on it this a.m. I create smaller pieces as well on those days to use as my daily work.

This piece available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/listing/103540907/foliage-and-dew-abstraction-acrylic or by contacting micah@azzlsoft.com

Arting for 365 Day 57: Birder

Day 57 (6/24/12): Bird GirlGoal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

She’d really taken a liking to the birds. In fact over the past year or two she’d begun studying up on them – working to identify each little beauty by sound and sight. Of course she knew the easy ones, like the robin and hummingbird. But she could also recognize the finches, sparrows and egrets with ease. At times she even went so far as to call herself a birder.

Now though, as she sat perched on this branch, she realized she had taken her hobby too far.

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This original piece or prints available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/listing/102962770/bird-girl-mixed-media-original or by emailing