Arting for 365 Day 292: Clearing a Path

Day 292 Watercolor and pinholes on paper

Day 292 Watercolor and pinholes on paper

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

A amazingly talented poet friend of mine emailed me her latest work yesterday. It was lovely. One portion of the poem in particular, conjured up images of trees being cleared. I wanted to try to translate the imagery to a pinhole piece.

I am really pleased with the simple, delicate image that resulted.


You can buy this work of art!

Day 292 Clearing Detail

Arting for 365 Day 291: Fish Flies Over the Sun

Day 291, Ink and acrylic on May, 1955 Field and Stream magazine

Day 291, Ink and acrylic on May, 1955 Field and Stream magazine

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

If a cow jumps over the moon, why then can’t a fish fly over the sun? A treacherous act, no doubt – but such dangers are to be faced head on if one is to make something of himself, the slippery fish thought. Certainly Evel Knievel did not bow out when threatened by death. No. He faced it head on. Injuries were simply battle marks of all he had accomplished. Flying so close to the hot star could bring dire consequences – a fish fry was not out of the question.

As he peered up into the sky, longing for recognition, he determined it was worth it.

Day 291 Fish Flies Detail

Arting for 365 Day 289: A Purpose Behind Art

Day 289 4x6" ink on paper

Day 289 4×6″ ink on paper

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

It’s interesting to think about the things that come easiest to us – those things that we fall back on because they are comfortable and take little thought. For me, it’s a drawing like this; where the lines and shapes that flow from my pen come naturally. A piece like this feels good to make and is easy to look at. It doesn’t make the viewer think all that much and it certainly doesn’t take much thought for me to create. So what is the purpose of it? Is easy art worth making if it does nothing to challenge the viewer or the artist? I am torn on this question. But at the end of a day that left little time for art, I made these free flowing lines. Combined they create a feeling and an energy that draws me in and perhaps draws the viewer in as well. Perhaps that is enough of a purpose.

Arting for 365 Day 288: Keep Out

4 x 6" ink and watercolor on paper

4 x 6″ ink and watercolor on paper

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

If you’ve been following my blog, you may know that I am a Wyoming girl. Yes, I currently live in Colorado, but Wyoming is the place I love. The remoteness, the beautiful landscape (minus a few parts here and there), the lack of crowds – it all appeals to me. If you’ve lived in the state long and meet another Wyomingite, there is definitely a bond. A sort of unspoken knowledge of what Wyoming is and how lucky one is to have had the opportunity to live in the sparsely populated gem. It’s also refreshing to meet new folks who have moved into the state and see their excitement and appreciation for the same things.

Recently a Representative from Wyoming, Hans Hunt, told a new resident, after she voiced concerns about the position he and other politicians were taking, “It offends me to no end when liberal out-of-staters such as yourself move into Wyoming, trying to get away from where they came from, and then pompously demand that Wyoming conform to their way of thinking.”  He continues in an oh-so-friendly manner that makes you wonder if he thinks his family was originally plopped down on the great state by God himself. You can read more of it here, and see afunny meme about it here (my apologies, I’m not certain where this image originated).

Arting for 365 Day 287: Science Fiction No More

Day 287 Coffee, watercolor and pinholes in paper

Day 287 Coffee, watercolor and pinholes in paper

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

My recent obsession with exploring pierced paper led me to create day 287’s piece. I was aiming to render something cell-like with an abstract bent to it. As I worked on the piece, I turned on Radiolab, a podcast that has been playing in the background for me quite a bit recently. The show I was listening to focused on speed. As they started in on the 3rd or 4th segment of the show (about 45 minutes in), I became completely floored. A scientist named LeneVestergaard  had slowed light to 15 mph in a new form of matter called Bose-Einstein condensate. I began to imagine atoms of light slowing down right in front of me and could only imagine how absolutely crazy that might be.

Inspired by the story I continued creating, incorporated some color and wondered how long science fiction will stay fiction.

Side note: My dad is sure to say that my idea to add coffee as a means of painting this piece had to have come from an accidental spill. Such an assumption is not out of the question – I have turned more than one spill into a happy accident in my day. This though, dad, is not one of those times. 

This piece is available for purchase here

Day 287: detail

Arting for 365 Day 286: MAX, Painted Wall Letters

Three 18" x 13" acrylic on wooden letters

Three 18″ x 13″ acrylic on wooden letters

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

Another friend, another baby, another project!

Some wonderful friends of ours were hoping I’d be able to paint a mural for them in their baby-to-come’s new room, but because they are renting their place, it wasn’t possible. Instead, they came up with the great idea of buying letters for me to paint.

They gave me free reign as to the direction I could take, which is always fun! After looking at the theme of the room, which is adorable African animals with a variety of sports balls, I came up with this. The imagery is definitely a bit older than the rest of the room’s decor, but I’m thinking this means he’ll be able to grow up with them a bit.

I’m hoping they’ll like them as much as I enjoyed making them.

Day 286 Max M Day 286 Max M DetailDay 286 Max A Day 286 Max A DetailDay 286 Max X Day 286 Max X Detail

Arting for 365 Day 284: Vibrant Growth

8.5 x 11" ink on paper

Day 284: 8.5 x 11″ ink on paper

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

Typically, I like winter. I really like it. I love getting out in the snow for a good ski and the crispness in the air clears my head.

Since moving to Ft. Collins, CO though, I have found that there is not much winter to be had. There is no snow to ski on and temperatures tend to hover around 30 or 40 degrees. This is precisely the reason why I think I am hankering for spring. I look forward to jogs on trails and hikes to falls, long sunny days, and branches beginning to bloom.

Day 284 Vibrant Growth Detail