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.

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Arting for 365 Day 229: Trials and Tribulations of a Home Alone Cat

12/13/12

3 x 5″ watercolor and ink on paper

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

It’s a sad life for the neglected cat. Sleeping and eating can only distract for so long. And that ball of yarn lacks entertainment without a human controlling its end.

So you sit and wait. Moping or pacing impatiently until that door finally opens and the humans finally give you the attention you deserve. You purr and snuggle in close. Until you remember…they LEFT you. All day. So you snub them for a moment or two – perhaps taking your anger out on an errant foot swinging above. That will show them you think as you quickly take your place on the nearest lap.

Arting for 365 Day 198: Wings Made of Leaves

11/12/12

~3 x 5″ watercolor and ink. Available for purchase https://www.etsy.com/listing/114911133/wings-made-of-leaves-mixed-media

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

While waves and water provided him a life, he felt most at home among the trees. Each leaf a shelter for his thoughts. The rustling and swaying of branches music for his soul.

So attached to the trees was he, that upon each ascent, he imagined his wings were made of leaves. Playing music in the wind. Bringing comfort in flight.

Arting for 365 Day 189: The Jetsons

11/3/12

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

Perhaps it is the color combination juxtaposed to the geometric shapes, but for whatever reason, when I look at this little watercolor/ink piece, I am reminded of the Jetsons.

The Jetsons was  a cartoon I thoroughly enjoyed as a kid. I can’t say I loved it for it’s strong storyline – in fact I don’t’ recall one episode in particular. I do, however, clearly remember the opening scene and theme music. Meeting the Jetsons was a treat each and every time as saucer-mobiles flew families around and robot maids took care of your every whim. The show was retro and futuristic at once. A fabulous combination.

Arting for 365 Day 179: Robin Come Winter

Day 179 (10/24/12): Robin Come Winter

~3 x 5″ ink and watercolor on paper

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

Colorado received her first real dose of snow yesterday. It was, by no means a blizzard, nor will the skis even be coming out,  but it did make me feel as though winter is knocking on our doorstep.

For some reason after seeing this weather I began to think about birds – American robins in particular. This type of robin hangs around through the winter (although perhaps not at Crested Butte altitude) and I wondered, how they were they feeling about this snow? Had the copper breasted little guys prepped their winter huts? Were they cozied up, and as excited about the prospect of some winter weather as I am? One can only hope.

Arting for 365 Day 177: Buds in Abstraction

~3 x 5″ ink & watercolor on paper

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

Holy smokes folks, I’m cutting it close today! But as you can see, artwork #177 did get created (pat on the back for this girl).

Last night, long after the sun had gone down, I grabbed a few interesting dried flower buds from a little bowl that is decorating the house I’m staying in.  I laid them out on the table and did a small drawing. The buds’ structures were really neat and oddly sturdy – so strong, in fact, that I think you’d break a tooth if you decided to bite down on them. Luckily, I stuck to drawing.

Upon finishing the initial study of the little buds, I decided it would be interesting to break each of the structures up into sections and add color for a bit of dimension. I finished off the graphic little drawing by adding a wash of green watercolor to the background.

It’s a bit of an odd drawing- especially the juxtaposition of the strange green wash next to the clean ink work- but luckily I am a fan of odd things.

Arting for 365 Day 170: Self Portrait in Shadow

Day 170 (10/15/12): Self Portrait From Shadow

8 x 10″ Watercolor and ink on paper

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

As I readied myself to work on yesterday’s piece, the sky became filled with an amazing light. I got up and looked out the window. The edges of clouds glowed and there seemed to be a hazy calm across everything. It lasted only a few minutes but was spectacular.

Perhaps taking the time to stop and watch the light outside was the reason for my noticing my simple shadow when I sat back down. My head’s shape filled the blank piece of paper and I was immediately taken by it. Perhaps it was the vagueness of the silhouette that I was so drawn to. The only telling sign it might be me were the ears fanning out prominently. Whatever it was, I was certain I wanted to capture the shadow in that moment.

The resulting piece is this calm, flowing, abstract piece.

Work is available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/listing/112319722/portrait-in-shadow-abstract-watercolor