Arting for 365 Day 274: Growing Up

3 x 5" watercolor and ink on paper

3 x 5″ watercolor and ink on paper

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

Yesterday we had the pleasure of hanging out with my two and a half year old niece. The day was fun filled – lots of pretending and playing. Toward the end of the day we asked her if she wanted to go on a run with us. She excitedly answered yes, proceeded to find everyone’s running shoes and we were quickly out the door. We took a stroller along, but my niece opted to run quite a bit and seemed to enjoy the entire thing. It got me wondering, at what point do we decide that running is work instead of play? At what age do we become so tightly wound that a once fun activity is a chore rather than a reward?

As I watched her enjoy herself, stopping as she became tired or distracted I realized we could probably learn a lot from a kid. Kids don’t seem to care how much distance they cover, calories they burn, or time it takes to complete an activity; they simply get out and move – enjoying the fresh air and world around them.

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Arting for 365 Day 273: Cellular

3 x 5" ink and watercolor on paper

Day 273 3 x 5″ ink and watercolor on paper

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

Lately we’ve been listening to quite a few biology-type podcasts. They always amaze me. Recently we heard a Radiolab one “(So-Called) Life” about DNA. It blew my mind. Perhaps all of this thinking about biology influenced the making of this ¬†little drawing. It reminds me of cells moving around in a micro-world.