Arting for 365 Day 30: Subtleties

Goal: To create one work of art each day for 365 consecutive days Day 30 (5/28/12): Subtleties

Typically the work I create is high contrast, high color, or both. Much like some of the colorful outfits I wear while running, there is little which is subtle. (Probably a fact: Wearing a minimum of three completely different colors while running makes you faster.) So yesterday I thought it would be a good challenge to take a stroll down a more muted path in creating my project.

Using pencil, I began by drawing a geometric design. I was oh-so-tempted to pull out my trusty ink pen to bring contrast to the shapes, but I stuck to pencil. I applied variations of tinted white acrylics to the canvas all while telling myself to embrace and enjoy this subtle approach.

By the time I was finished, I had come to really enjoy this break from my norm. I feel like it was probably good for my brain to approach a project in such a different way. But I also have to say I don’t see myself doing too much of it again soon.

The image below was taken at a different time of day- which goes to show how much this work reflects and reacts to the light. Day 30: Subtleties (later in the day)

24 x 36″  Work available for purchase at or by emailing me at

Arting for 365 Day 17: Blocked

Day 17: BlockedI wasn’t particularly certain the direction I would be going on day 17, so I was really excited to come across a stamp I had made years ago. The stamp is made from cutting up an old mouse pad and gluing the design to a piece of cardboard – super high tech. I don’t think I came up with the idea, but it is a great one.

I opted for an oddball 6″ x 22″ piece of paper and got after it with the stamp using light blue and red. I emphasized the negative space using black paint. The resulting blocks of color seem to react and interact with each other to create day 17’s work.