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.

This piece available at https://www.etsy.com/listing/103317609/fluorescent-abstraction-mixed-media or by emailing micah@azzlsoft.com

Arting for 365 Day 61: Buyer’s Remorse

20 x 7.75″ Ink on Paper

The saleswoman had assured him that this floral headpiece was all the rage for hunting season. “It will do just the trick,” she had proclaimed. Furthermore, he looked “absolutely stunning” in it. “I can throw in the unicycle for an extra $20,” she’d said.

At the time he was certain he was lucky to have come across such an incredible deal. But now, as he sat atop the unicycle with a giant bouquet on his head, he suddenly realized that he had been duped. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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This original piece available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/listing/103263728/buyers-remorse-original-ink-drawing or by emailing micah@azzlsoft.com

Prints of this piece are soon to come and will also be available on etsy.

Arting for 365 Day 60: Bird and Nest

Day 60 6/28/12): Bird and Nest

8 x 10″ Ink on Paper

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

High temps, fires and crazy smoke are, sadly, all the rage in Colorado right now. -Scary stuff for a lot of folks. I realize I have no place to complain, but on a purely selfish level, I hate the fires and temps because they have really put a damper on my getting outdoors to enjoy nature – one of my favorite things to do.

So last weekend, when I was able to get out in non-burning Encampment, Wyoming, I really soaked it up. I’m pretty certain this may be the reason for the sudden onslaught of nature based stuff I’ve been creating.

Day 60’s piece is a combination of a neat birdhouse my parents had hanging down at their place, and a drawing of a pheasant inspired by a photo I spotted on Canadian Hiking Photography’s blog. I’m pretty darned pleased with this one. I love the more realistic style of the bird juxtaposed to the simpler abstracted branches and nest.

Original piece available at https://www.etsy.com/listing/103179476/bird-and-nest-ink-drawing-original or by emailing me at micah@azzlsoft.com

Prints available at https://www.etsy.com/listing/103179903/bird-and-nest-ink-drawing-print or by emailing me at micah@azzlsoft.com

Arting for 365 Day 59: Fly That Thing Blindfolded

Day 59 (6/26/12): Fly That Thing Blindfolded

8 x 10″ Watercolor & Ink on Paper

“I could fly that thing blindfolded,” she stated matter of factly. That she would do so using only her teeth, left them all in a state of shock and awe.

Watching her wield the string delicately yet assertively to direct the plane, was something magical. Her patience and attentiveness were not unlike the bonsai master whose trees take years to cultivate. This skill too, had been years in the making and was now receiving its much deserved time in the limelight.

This piece available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/listing/103114837/fly-that-thing-blindfolded-mixed-media or by emailing me at 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

Arting for 365 Day 56: Foliage in Albany

Day 56 (6/23/12): Foliage in AlbanyGoal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

The last four days have been spent traveling around to small towns in Nebraska and Wyoming to visit family. Not only do I love seeing my family, I love the tiny towns. They have character and, in the case of the towns I visited in Wyoming, they are beautiful!

Over the course of 2 days we saw hummingbirds – along with their tiny nests and eggs- and a ton of other birds (of which I don’t know the name of.) We saw a deer and two little fawn and some great wildflowers as well.

Day 56’s project is my take on the cool little flower I found, and, what I think were willow reeds. I’ve also included a few pics of the hummingbird and nest below. Enjoy!  aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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This piece available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/listing/102889264/foliage-in-albany-ink-drawing or by emailing me at micah@azzlsoft.com

Arting for 365 Day 55: Flies

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

The fly was tired of being known only for his buzzing abilities. He knew he was so much more – and he hoped to someday prove it to the world. More importantly, he hoped to prove it to her.

He’d seen many flies in his time but she was different. While others swarmed to a pile of dung, she flew solo on the horse’s back. She could resist the bright blue light that zapped many to their death, opting instead for tall glowing street lights. She was special.

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This piece available for purchase by emailing micah@azzlsoft.com

Arting for 365 Day 54: Museum Finds

Day 54 (6/21/12): Museum Finds

Each square 4.75 x 4.75″ Ink and watercolor on paper

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

My mom and I drove to Chadron, Nebraska yesterday to see my grandma. Grandma Kathryn is 96 years old, still drives, climbs a steep set of 13 stairs at least once a week, is sharp as a tack, and eats ice cream for dinner nearly every night. She is awesome!

The stairs that Grandma tackles, lead to her basement where, at one time, an amazing collection lived. The collection was not my grandma’s – it was my grandpa Clyde’s and it contained over 6,000 pens and pencils, mounted to peg boards. When my grandpa passed away, Grandma donated the collection to the local museum and I don’t think I had seen it since.

Yesterday we took a ride down to the museum to check them out. It was so great to see the collection again, along with all of the other old treasures they had there. Day 54’s project is drawings of a few antiques we came across: an old printing press, a cool little toy plane and a trike.

This piece available for purchase by emailing me at micah@azzlsoft.com

Arting for 365 Day 53: Paperclip Music

Day 53 (6/20/12): Paperclip Music

5 x 7″ yupo paper

He’d seen all sorts of things made from paperclips – the breadth of which rarely went beyond diffusing bombs – but he had never seen anything quite like this.

The giant clip had been transformed into a musical instrument. Blanketing the atmosphere with F sharps and E flat minors, it stopped the average man dead in his tracks. Its melodies streaming, the old clip would never be looked at the same.

This piece available for purchase. Email me at micah@azzlsoft.com

Arting for 365 Day 52: Mountain Girl

8 x 10″ Mixed Media: Ink and watercolor

With her southern drawl you’d never peg her as a mountain girl. Surely she would feel more comfortable in the Tennessee heat. Such an assumption would be wrong.

Instead she flees to the trails and enjoys the cool, crisp air that is present at elevations of this magnitude. She insists on collecting antlers, and skins, and anything woodsy; and saves the branches from fall trees to adorn her cabin for special occasions.

While she sits on her porch, sipping coffee from her earth colored mug, she delights in the fact that the deer nibbling on the grass in front of her will be back tomorrow. Because that is how it is in the mountains.

This piece available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/listing/102580263/mountain-girl-mixed-media-original or email me at micah@azzlsoft.com