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Day 100!! – August 13th – Wild Strawberry Ice Cream

Today I used the rest of the wild strawberries to make ice cream. REAL ice cream, with REAL dairy! Its good … but lactaid-necessary.

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Day 99 – August 12th – Wild Strawberry Muffins

While we were out in the mountains, I came across some great wild strawberry patches. I haven’t seen so many since I moved away from NH. When I was a kid, I used to pick bowls full of wild stawberries to make muffins. It was around the time that my father was very sick, and […]

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Day 98 – August 11th – Early Morning August Ice

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Day 97 – August 10th – Hiking La Plata Peak

Today we hiked La Plata Peak in the Sawatch Mountain Range. At 14336 feet, it is the 5th highest mountain in Colorado.  

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Day 96 – August 9th – I Heart Mountains

I start my student teaching semester this coming Monday. For my last week of freedom, we headed up to the mountains for some fresh air.

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Day 95 – August 8th – Introspection

I love this girl.

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Day 94 – August 7th – Birch Tree Forest

I would like to live here.

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Day 93 – August 6th – Sun Flare

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Day 92 – August 5th – Tufted-Ear Squirrel Statement

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Day 91 – August 4th – Coconut Coffee Heathbar Ice Cream

I don’t do so well with dairy. Today I made a dairy-free coffee heathbar ice cream using coconut milk. Its pretty darn good.  

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Day 90 – August 3rd – Lost Mail Black Hole

I accidentally put the button necklace I made a few days ago in a mailbox with a bunch of other things to be mailed out. It was in an envelope with no address, as I wasn’t planning on mailing it just yet. I called the post office, and got transferred to four different people, all […]

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Day 89 – August 2nd – Donkey and a Boombox

Our dog’s name is Donkey. He LOVES music. He likes to lay right in front of the speaker.

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Day 88 – August 1st – Like Twins

I found a book of poems for children by Ruth Krauss. This was one of my favorites, so I made an illustration for it.

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Day 87 – July 31st – Dreams of the La Sals

Watercolor and ink on paper. Looking through some photos of a trip to Utah, I started dreaming of being there – looking out at the La Sal Mountains.

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Day 86 – July 30th – Button Necklace

 

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Day 85 – July 29th – Houses/Fields/Houses

watercolor and ink on paper. Its amazing the amount of sprawl that has happened between Denver and Boulder just in the 12 years I have lived in Colorado.

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Day 83 – July 27th – I Love Outside

Watercolor and ink on paper

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Day 82 – July 26th – Audrey and The Fox

Putting paper dolls to use

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Day 81 – July 25th – James Peak

Finally got in a fantastic hike with three wonderful friends. James Peak in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area.

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Day 80 – July 24th – The Fox

I’m on a paper doll kick.

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Day 79 – July 23nd – Audrey

Everyone needs an Audrey Hepburn paper doll at some point…

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Day 78 – July 22nd – Squeezel

I found an abandoned bird nest that had fallen out of a tree. I brought it home, and the Squeezel moved in.  

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Day 76 – July 20th – I’d Rather Be Here

Watercolor and ink on paper.

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Day 75 – July 19th – Paris Book

Blank handmade notebook.

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Day 74 – July 18th – Holding Hands

Pen on paper with collage. Inspired by Steve Ersinghaus’ Poem: Maricela, Cruz, and a conversation about eyes

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Day 73 – July 17th – Jesus Saves

Digital Collage Inspired by a beer koozie that a local restaurant hands out at brunch.

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Day 71 – July 15th – Who Whoo

Watercolor and ink on paper. Inspired by 18mo old Bay Hanzen who LOVES owls.  They have black walnut trees in their yard, and Bay calls the shells “who whoos” due to their resemblance to owl faces.  

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Day 70 – July 14th – Pie Pequeño

Photogaph The opposite of Big Foot.

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Day 69 – July 13th – Chickens

Watercolor and ink on paper. Joe and Kate have chickens … they are not as friendly as you’d think.

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Day 68 – July 12th – Summer Fun

Collage, ink and watercolor. I am headed to Arizona to spend time with the Butcher/Hanzen family. I love summer fun.

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Day 67 – July 11th – Friendship

Embroidery floss. I haven’t made a Friendship Bracelet in many years. It was a fun throwback to pre-teen years to create one. A little info about them: The knotcraft and hand weaving used to create traditional patterns stems from Native American handcrafts, particularly from Central American tradition. According to indigenous tradition, the recipient of a […]

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Day 66 – July 10th – Herding Ham

Collage, ink and watercolor

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Day 65 – July 9th – Eagle and a Hot Dog

Collage, ink and watercolor  

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Day 64 – July 8th – An Unshared Heart

An Unshared Heart   Arms and legs tangle, embrace You and I are Me welded by a single beat.   Not two years old, doctors warn: amputate or die. This heart can serve only one.   Love beyond comprehension I was assigned Take while you were appointed Give.   By giving half, took the whole […]

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Day 63 – July 7th – Bay, Big Sister Superhero

Fabric, thread. I’m headed to see Kate, Joe, Bay and Joon next week! I made a Joon Bug for Joon on the day she was born, and I wanted to bring Bay something too. I made a Bay doll as a big sister superhero. UPDATED By Bay Hanzen:      

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Day 62 – July 6th – Jones Hole Creek

Creek water, pebbles. The last night on the river, we stayed at Jones Hole Creek Area campsite #1. Beautiful, clear water.

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Day 61 – July 5th – Horsetail Rush

Last day on the river … A great five days. I love living outside.

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Day 60 – July 4th – Freedom Party

Photograph. Fourth of July on the river

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Day 59 – July 3rd – Cyclops Jackalope

Log, sticks, rock, grass. I don’t know why…

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Day 58 – July 2nd – LBF

Photograph – Little Baby Fawn. We all had power animals on the trip … mine was a little baby fawn.

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Day 57 – July 1st – Day One on the Yampa

   

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Day 56 – June 30th – Boat Launch Camping

Thursday. Getting ready to camp at the boat launch.  

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Day 55 – June 29th – Off to the Yampa

Watercolor and ink on paper. Starting tomorrow, I will be off to the Yampa River for a five day river trip. See you when I get back!

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Day 54 – June 28th – Nineteen Seventy Nine

Acrylic, ink, and thread on canvas. 36″x36″ Finished sewing this painting today … I have five paintings up at The Other Side Arts at 1644 Platte St in Denver for the month of July.

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Day 53 – June 27th – Woman w Baby

Acrylic, ink, and thread on canvas, 42″x28″ Finished this painting today

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Day 52 – June 26th – Zebra

Collage on Paper. Through this project, I have realized how much I really love making collages. Using images that are already in existence and changing them, sometimes only slightly, can totally change the meaning. A good reminder that a change of perspective can mean all the difference.

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Day 51 – June 25th – The “Real” World

Collage and Ink on Paper. After returning from my most recent trip, my mother said something to me that I have been thinking about since. She said, “It must have been nice to be in the real world for a little while.” Yes. It was. And I started thinking about the phrase “welcome to the […]

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Day 50 – June 24th – Rescuing the Prince

Marker on “The Last Dragon” children’s story From a collection of stories found in Childcraft, Volume 4: Animal Friends and Adventures, 1949

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Day 49 – June 23rd – One and Three Chairs…and a Lollipop

Digital collage This piece is a play on Joseph Kosuth’s, One and Three Chairs, 1965 An example of conceptual art, the piece consists of a chair, a photograph of this chair, and an enlarged dictionary definition of the word “chair”. The piece is visual expression of Plato’s concept of The Forms. One and Three Chairs […]

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Day 48 – June 22nd – Flamingo Dancers

Collage and cut paper I found a book called Animal House by Catherine Ledner at a thrift store the other day. It  is a series of animal portraits. There were a few different shots of a flamingo …  I combined two of them to make Flamingo Dancers.

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Day 47 – June 21st – Solstice Sun and the Short Moon

Sol+stice derives from a combination of Latin words meaning “sun”+”to stand still”. As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky. As a major celestial event, the Summer Solstice results in the longest day and the shortest night of the year. The Northern Hemisphere celebrates […]

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Day 46 – June 20th – Keep the Pride

Vintage photograph with digital collage. In honor of this past weekends Pride Fest in Denver. Love is Love is Love… I don’t know who these guys are, I found this photo in a vintage shop today.  

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Day 44 – June 18th – Balloon Man

Pen on Photograph  

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Day 43 – June 17th – Stuffed Bunny Thief

Collage, pen, and watercolor on paper.

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Day 42 – June 16th – 3 of Hearts

Pen on Paper. Most squid have three hearts.

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Day 41 – June 15th – Pajamas in the Sun

A mini shadow box, playing card size. Pajamas drying in the sun.

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Day 40 – June 14th – Pricess Dinah SoRess

Found Objects – Assembled. I have a habit of picking up various things I find while I’m walking around town. Some people call it junk … I like to refer to it as art supplies. I found this headless dinosaur a few years ago and have hung onto it. A few weeks ago, I found […]

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Day 39 – June 13th – The Butterfly Effect

Found Butterfly and Ink on Paper. Silas found this butterfly in the parking lot at Grafton Pond last week and gave it to me. I’ve been thinking a lot about my family and my father today. George Little Ayres. October 21, 1951 – June 13, 1994

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Day 38 – June 12th – the Sacred Heart of Gaia

another collage and watercolor. The Sacred Heart (also called the Sacred Heart of Jesus) is one of the most famous religious devotions meant to represent and emphasize the unmitigated love, compassion, and long-suffering of the heart of Christ towards humanity. I found this image of an ancient world map (Nova Universi Orbis Descriptio (1531) by […]

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Day 37 – June 11th – Man Shoes

I just watched the documentary Marwencol. Really great film – I recommend watching it (you can currently get it on Netflix instant watch). “Marwencol” is a documentary about the fantasy world of Mark Hogancamp. After being beaten into a brain-damaging coma by five men outside a bar, Mark builds a 1/6th scale World War II-era […]

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Day 36 – June 10th – The Unnatural Order of Things

Collage and Pen on Paper. Some things just can’t be fixed by man-made contraptions or technology. It is scary to think that bats and honey bees, among other creatures, are in serious danger. They are a presence that many of us take for granted and it is hard to imagine the repercussions of their decline […]

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Day 35 – June 9th – Self Styled

Pen on Paper. When I was really young I wanted to give myself a hair cut. So I took some scissors and chopped off a huge chunk right in front. I was really worried that my mom would find out and get mad, so I figured the best plan would be to dig a hole […]

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Day 34 – June 8th – Killer New Hampshire Mosquitos

Pen on Paper. First day back in Denver. Got back in the wee hours of the early morning. Trying to recover/not go mad from all the mosquito and black fly bites I got during the past week in New England. This is a sketch of the house I grew up in. There’s a little swamp […]

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Day 33 – June 7th – Life is Short

Pencil Rubbing on Paper. There’s a really old cemetery on Cider Hill Road near my house in New Hampshire. I went to do a grave rubbing and found a lot of young people buried there. This little guy (literally little Guy) was only 9 days old. Its a good reminder that we are all a […]

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Day 32 – June 6th – Sculptured Rocks

Watercolor and Pen on Paper. Another staple of home – Sculptured Rocks.

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Day 31 – June 5th – Water Bubbles

Watercolor and Pen on Paper. Just a quick sketch. One of my favorite things about New England is all of the water. My cousin Abby graduates from High School today! CONGRATULATIONS ABBY!!!!

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Day 30 – June 4th – Princess Battis Wedding

Watercolor and Pen on Paper. My very dear high school friend Brent Battis got married today. Congratulations Whitney and Brent! It was a beautiful day with lots of really great people … and BLUE FROSTED CUPCAKES!  

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Day 29 – June 3rd – Time Capsule

Found Objects. There is a house on Cider Hill Road in New Hampshire that my father used to work on. It was a beautiful old farm house from the 1700s. We used to go to work with my Pop and he would pay us $1.50 an hour to paint the place. A man named Sam […]

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Day 27 – June 1st – Cabin Cooking

Photograph. This is the cabin my father built. We lived until they had their third kid – Silas, and then they built the house. We cooked down here because the gas to the house is not hooked up right now. On this particular morning, we made bacon, eggs, kale and coffee. We forgot to bring […]

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Day 26 – May 31st – Litter Kwitter

  On the plane to Boston, I was looking through the Sky Mall catalog. So many useless gadgets in there. I was particularly struck by the Litter Kwitter, which is a system to train your cat to use the toilet. Good stuff. I actually just went and watched the video. Check it out if you […]

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Day 25 – May 30th – NEW HAMPSHIRE – home sweet home!

Cut paper and Pen on Paper. I will be in New Hampshire until the 8th of June. I haven’t been home in years. Update… It was a fantastic trip. Lots of family, friends, catching up, swimming, canoeing, diner breakfasts, and BUGS!! Lots and lots of bugs. Bats are being killed off by the white-nose syndrome […]

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Day 24 – May 29th – Self Portrait as Vegetable

Digital Collage I am on the 5th day of my cleanse. I have eaten so many vegetables that today I actually felt like I might be turning into one.

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Day 23 – May 28th – GO AROUND!

Collage and Ink on Paper. In honor of my good friend Branden’s birthday, I made today’s piece. It’s sorta a “you had to be there” moment, but just picture Branden pretending to ride a bike down I-25 yelling to all the cars “GO AROUND! I’M ON A BIKE, GO AROUND!” It was REALLY funny. … […]

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Day 22 – May 27th – Dance or Dunce?

Pen and Watercolor on Paper. Conjoined raven twin – one likes to party. one likes to pout.

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Day 21 – May 26th – Raw Vegetable Salad

Pen and Watercolor on Paper I am finishing my second day being on a cleanse, and I’m feeling really amazing. This is one of my favorite salad recipes included in the program.  If you are interested in learning more about this cleanse, or about healthy eating in general, I highly recommend you contact Jenn Jessup, […]

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Day 20 – May 25th – Tree Hugger Shirt

Sewn fabric on T-shirt I love summer. I love being outside. Rain or shine.

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Day 19 – May 24th – Evening Go-fer

Photograph Donkey, Riley, and Kyler on an evening walk… or as Riley likes to call it a “go-fer” This certainly isn’t the most technically sound photo, but it does capture what its like to walk these two together.

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Day 18 – May 23th – You Don’t Want Bugs

Cut and Sewn Paper Couple funny stories about bugs this week. I was babysitting and the two boys found a roly poly outside while they were digging in the dirt. The four year old went on and on about the bug for about five minutes. Four yr old: “Cute little roly poly, oh I love […]

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Day 17 – May 22nd – Brunch Haiku

Pen, watercolor on paper. Working Sunday brunch is not fun. We joke about it smelling like coffee, ketchup, sweat and tears. I actually have cried because I was so upset that I had to work yet another one … Next time you go out for brunch – keep your server in mind. They may not […]

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Day 16 – May 21st – Stumpy-Tooth Zombie Killer

Digital collage. The Center for Disease Control advises that we prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse. We decided to teach Riley to eat the zombies with her stumpy teeth. She’s been practicing. The CDC advises: “When zombies are hungry they won’t stop until they get food (i.e., brains), which means you need to get out of […]

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Day 15 – May 20th – North Six Shooter

Pen and watercolor on paper. Just a quick little sketch of the North Six Shooter in Indian Creek Utah.

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Day 14 – May 19th – Practicing Alchemy

Photograph On our camping trip, we talked about cleaning as a form of alchemy. Cleansing involves transformation, be it physical, mental or emotional.  It allows for a fresh start, with new space to work with, and often new perspectives. My friend Libby is one of the most beautiful and talented alchemists I know.

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Day 13 – May 18th – Home of the Desert Frog

Photograph. It rained the entire four days of our desert camping trip. It was beautiful. Hiker Man: “A frog, really!?!” Us: “Yup. Over there.” Hiker Man: “Wow! Tell me it’s a tree frog and I’ll be happy.” Julia: ” … It’s a tree frog …”

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Day 12 – May 17th – Sorry Is As Sorry Does

I went on an amazing desert camping trip with some of the most wonderful girlfriends I could ask for. On the first day, getting packed up and on our way there, we noticed how often we all said “sorry” to each other. Sorry for things that weren’t in our control at all. Sorry for things […]

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Day 10 – May 15th – Chivalry

Pen, Watercolor, Collage on Paper It has been raining for the better part of four days. Not very common in Denver. It makes me think of home.

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Day 9 – May 14th – Stomp Your Feet

Photograph Had a lovely time at the Lumineers show! What a great band! If you haven’t heard them, be sure to check them out. Feet-stomping, heart-filling, happiness-inducing music to be sure.

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Day 7 – May 12th – Three Best Friends

Digital Collage Donkey, Chama, and Riley … the three best friends that anybody could have.   Chama is visiting for the week and Riley and Donkey couldn’t be happier. Here is the original photo for this piece – three spoiled dogs taking over the house.    

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Day 6 – May 11th – Siamese Cat

I was waiting for the light rail, zoning out, and I was thinking about how I don’t know anyone with a Siamese cat. Really random thought. This poem is really random too… but my favorite part about this project so far has been that I get to just have fun and create anything I feel […]

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Day 5 – May 10th – Watercolor Blobs

Watercolor, Ink on paper I was babysitting and we were having arts and crafts time. This was a piece of paper that was sitting between the watercolor palette and the picture I was making. The picture wasn’t very neat, but I liked the splotches on this scrap paper. Sometimes doodling is so simple and liberating.

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Day 4 – May 9th – Chicken Chick

pen on paper

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Day 2 – May 7th – Two Headed Turtle

Ceramics and oil paint. I have to admit, I made this little guy last week, but I painted it on Day 2 of the project. I am playing with the idea of making a series of paintings about conjoined animals… so there may be more where this came from.  

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Day 1 – May 6th – Black Bird

Black Bird

Black Bird deconstructed 1950s atlas page. “What a sad little atlas page. I know, I’ll put a bird on it!” If you haven’t already seen it – watch Portlandia Episode 2. Funny.  

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  • About the Project

    I have been influenced by the "100 day challenge", or the "100 days of summer" that creative people continually participate in. In such a project, an artist, photographer, videographer, writer, etc. will create one thing everyday for 100 days in a row. This summer, I have decided to launch my own creative challenge that draws from this premise. I have sent out requests for addresses of all the people who are important to my life in one way or another. Instead of choosing an arbitrary number, such as 100, I have decided to make something creative everyday for as many days as there are addresses of people who have influenced my life, and in turn, influenced my art. Each day I will make something new and different and, at random, pull one of these names from a box. The item for the day will be mailed to that person. If they choose to participate in this collaborative project, I ask that they change, alter, add to, or respond to the item I have sent in any way they like. Each day I will photograph and post the item to be mailed out. When I receive them back, I will update that day’s post with a photo of the finished collaborative piece. The thumbnail for posts that have been updated will show a red triangle in the top right corner.

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