Tuesday, January 31, 2012

DAY 31 - Pathway

TITLE: Pathway
ASSIGNMENT:  Make a path for people to follow and invite people to try it out.

MATERIALS: Watercolors, action figure silhouette.
INSPIRATION:  Okay, so I paint paths anyway so this is not a stretch for me per se, but these art projects have made me find ways to merge painted art and photography to create illusions and depth.  

This shot is what my original idea was, but I took it one step further to show depth of field with the action figure out of focus in the foreground.

A. Anderson

Monday, January 30, 2012

DAY 30 - Play Time

TITLE: Tree Beard Gone Mad!
ASSIGNMENT:  Play time.  Work with toys: If you don't have any, borrow some from a friend with kids, and maybe even work with the kids!
INSPIRATION:  The lost chapter of "Lord of the Rings", where Tree-Beard went mad and they had to call in the Colonial Marines from "Aliens" and Sharon and Ozzy Osborne for help!  I always got toys! :)

A. Anderson

Sunday, January 29, 2012

DAY 29 - Disguise

ASSIGNMENT:  Make a disguise for yourself, a friend, a pet, or an object.  See if you can fool anyone with it.
MATERIALS: Printer paper, black marker, red marker, watercolors, scissors.
INSPIRATION:  Well, I don't know about you  but I know I would never recognize me!

A. Anderson

DAY 28 - Back to School

TITLE: Scholastic Sleeping
ASSIGNMENT:  Back to School.  Use traditional school materials like number 2 pencils or lined paper notebooks to make something nontraditional.
MATERIALS: 2 gum erasers, 2 No.2 pencils, half-sheet notebook paper, scissors.
INSPIRATION:  Okay maybe not, "non traditional", but still, I resisted just using the pencils and erasers and paper to just simply "draw something".

A. Anderson

Friday, January 27, 2012

DAY 27 - Dreamland

TITLE: Riding With Laffayette in His Carpet-Bag Car
ASSIGNMENT:  Dreamland.  Use a recent dream as inspiration for what you do today.
MATERIALS: Watercolors, ink pen, picture of Lafayette from "True Blood".
INSPIRATION:  This was a strange dream! I was attending a wedding in the middle of the woods and there were these endless twisting country roads and the whole time I was being driven around by Lafayette from "True Blood" in a car made of carpet bags!?!?  I asked him "Is your car made of... carpet?" He replied, "Of course."

A. Anderson

DAY 26 - Portable

TITLE: Filo-Pak
ASSIGNMENT:  Make something portable (or that seems portable) that normally isn't.
MATERIALS: Wire file holder, plastic string, scotch tape, sharpie, water bottle.
INSPIRATION:  Well, this one was difficult.  What can I possibly thing of?  I also had to make this one at work since I would not get home that night until late.  So, after 30 minutes of stress, I made this in about 15 minutes.  It's for those folks around the office who can't leave work or let go of their files.  Now they can take them with them; it's the new "Filo-Pak"! Just file your papers and go!

A. Anderson

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

DAY 25 - Work With Nature

TITLE: Garden Tree Snake
ASSIGNMENT:  Work with nature.  Go to your yard or nearby park and collect materials to work with.
MATERIALS: Long tree branh-thingies, 2 flowers and super glue.
INSPIRATION: Everybody just lovers snakes!  And that is what these long dead pine-needle, branch-like things in the backyard look like lying on the grass, so it cried out SNAKE!

A. Anderson

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

DAY 24 - Its Not Easy Being Green

TITLE: Green Motel
ASSIGNMENT:  Its not easy being green.  Work only with green colored materials today.  Try working on a green surface for a real challenge.
INSPIRATION: You would be surprised how little green you can find when you are looking!  So, I enabled 4 green combs, yes, there are 4 under there!  Then some green paper and the aid of a tiny green flashlight (not shown). Adding only the lens flare from Photo shop! There you have it, including two, delicious mints on the pillow.

A. Anderson

Monday, January 23, 2012

DAY 23 - Recycled Art

TITLE: Midnight City Blues
ASSIGNMENT:  Waste not. Dig in a recycling bin for all of today's materials.
INSPIRATION: I found lots of cardboard, so I did a multi-layered cityscape and used shadow and a dim flashlight (which gave me a cool moon in eclipse) and added some blue to the city in Photoshop. I was going for that weird surreal opening city shot, kind of like in the intro to "The Honeymooners."

A. Anderson

Sunday, January 22, 2012

DAY 22 - Build A Bridge

TITLE: Spicefork Bridgeway
ASSIGNMENT:  Create a bridge.  Connect two things in a creative way.  It could be small enough for an amoeba or big enough for an elephant to cross it.
INSPIRATION: I have to say this assignment had me staring at the floor thinking "what in the hell can I do here?"  Well the hard part was getting over the you can use two things, a bridge needs at least 3 right? Wait, 2 things?  Types of things?  So I can use maybe multiple of the same "thing"? Okay then, I give you the spice rack and plastic fork bridge, AKA The Spicefork Bridgway!

A. Anderson

Saturday, January 21, 2012

DAY 21 - 10 Word Love Story

TITLE: Love Lifted
ASSIGNMENT:  Write a 10-word love story. Bonus, illustrate it!
INSPIRATION: Metaphoric words are always used in cheesy love stories, so there you have it! :)

A. Anderson

Friday, January 20, 2012

DAY 20 - Made Of Clay

TITLE: Turtle and Baby
ASSIGNMENT:  Buy or make some clay and then use it like you never have before.
INSPIRATION: Stow Lake turtles is what came to mind, I recall them sitting in a neat row on top of a log out in the water.  Not a care in the world.  With this one, I added a small baby on its back.

A. Anderson

Thursday, January 19, 2012

DAY 19 - Floats On Water

TITLE: Water Bug
ASSIGNMENT:  Create something that floats on water (it doesn't have to be a boat).
MATERIALS: paper, markers, bathroom sink, photoshop
INSPIRATION: Of course these type of bugs!  Mostly harmless, but damn they are nasty looking.

A. Anderson

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

DAY 18 - Inside The Car

TITLE: Dragon Take Out!
ASSIGNMENT:  Work with things you find in your car (or a friend's car if you don't have one).
MATERIALS: Chinese take-out menu, 2 sharpies, child scissors, scanner
INSPIRATION: Saw the menu, could not resist!

A. Anderson

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

DAY 17 - The Eye

TITLE: The Eye of the Pirate
ASSIGNMENT:  Make something inspired by and/or that goes over an eye (yours or someone else's).
MATERIALS: Sculpy, Acrylic paints, fake fur.
INSPIRATION: The first thing I think of is of course a "pirate".  So, yes, I am going to make a
pirate!  Not a pretty-boy pirate, but one that would probably look a lot like this one on the left. :)

A. Anderson

Monday, January 16, 2012

DAY 16 - Potato Print

TITLE: Colored Mosaic Potato Print
ASSIGNMENT:  Make a unique print by cutting up a potato or sponge, and use it to stamp on a material of your choice.
MATERIALS: Potato, Tempra paints, knife, PhotoShop, scanner.
INSPIRATION: I don't think I ever did the potato print thing when I was in elementary school.  Had to think about what would actually hit the paper, as opposed to just shapes.  Came out pretty good, I think, lots of color and 2 potato prints used.

A. Anderson

Sunday, January 15, 2012

DAY 15 - Dollar Bill

TITLE: Dollar Bill
ASSIGNMENT:  What can you do with just a dollar?  Use a dollar bill as your medium or inspiration today.
MATERIALS: Dollar bill, Photoshop, scanner
INSPIRATION: As I did this I realized how freaking weird the items are on a dollar bill! I used all from the bill, check it out!

A. Anderson

DAY 14 - Minature

TITLE: Deceased Alien Pilot
ASSIGNMENT:  Make something microscopic.  How small can you work? Can you make something that requires a magnifying glass or microscope to see?
MATERIALS: Sculpy, Acrylic paints.
INSPIRATION: This was another rough one.  You have no idea how hard it is to work so tiny. It is agony!  How many times did I drop this while molding it and then painting it?  MANY!!  Added a quarter besides to show the tiny perspective.  Not the prettiest of sculptures, but hard!

A. Anderson

Friday, January 13, 2012

DAY 13 - Tea Leave Painting

TITLE: Kansas Prairie
ASSIGNMENT:  Use tea leaves or teabags (unused or used) or even just liquid tea (in a cup or not) to create something today.
MATERIALS: Tea Leaves, Paintbrush, Black pen.
INSPIRATION: The color of the tea on paper reminds me of a sepia color tone, so let's do a Kansas prairie!

A. Anderson

Thursday, January 12, 2012

DAY 12 - Camouflage

TITLE: See Me?
ASSIGNMENT:  Camouflage.  Create or alter something so that it disappears into its background.
MATERIALS: Bubble Wrap, Photoshop
INSPIRATION: Every time a bubble is popped... someone screams out in pain!

A. Anderson

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

DAY 11 - Work On The Other Hand

TITLE: Alcatraz Cellhouse
ASSIGNMENT:  Pick a medium you're comfortable with, then work with your  nondominant hand-if you usually favor your right hand then only use your left hand and vice-versa.
MATERIALS: Watercolors, paper
INSPIRATION: I chose watercolor painting since I have never tried to paint with my left hand before.  Came out a little rough, but there it is.  It is amazing how many times I stopped myself from picking up the brush with my right hand, trying to cheat!!!

A. Anderson

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

DAY 10 - Water!

TITLE: Man-Bowl
ASSIGNMENT:  Use only water as your medium/inspiration today.
MATERIALS: Paper, plastic cup, markers, tape, tap water with a hint of green watercolor.
INSPIRATION: What would the world be like if fish kept man in tanks and bowls?

A. Anderson

Sunday, January 8, 2012

DAY 9 - Breakfast Time!

TITLE: Breakfast Expressions
ASSIGNMENT:  Make something with your breakfast before you eat it.
MATERIALS: Maple-Frosted Wheat Squares and a banana.
INSPIRATION: Wow, well I guess it would have to be what I was going to eat, oh and my Agent, and..

A. Anderson

DAY 8 - Book This!

TITLE: Buddhist Temple
ASSIGNMENT:  Transform and old book into something new by cutting, folding, gluing and so on.
MATERIALS: Old paperback (Salems' Lot, I just reread it), glue and scissors.
INSPIRATION: Best place probably to read a book other than a library?  A Buddhist temple maybe!?  Yes?  No? Oh, well.

A. Anderson

Saturday, January 7, 2012

DAY 7 - Stencil

TITLE: The Stenciled Ruins
ASSIGNMENT:  Today make a stencil, and use it in your work.
MATERIALS: Watercolor paper, watercolors, hand-made stencil, graphic pen, pencil.
INSPIRATION: When I see stencils in general I always think of some strange ancient language, like those on temples or ruins.  So, mixing that thought and making a stencil...

 Oh, and here is the actual hand-made stencil:

A. Anderson

Friday, January 6, 2012

DAY 6 - Fun With Fruit

TITLE: Banana Pole Dancer
ASSIGNMENT:  Look in the kitchen and work with the first fruit or vegetable you spot.  It could be in the form of juice, jam or even canned.
MATERIALS: Banana, Red tissue paper, green rubber band, plastic screw holds, paperclip, paint brush, small green xmas ribbon and one tiny flash light.
INSPIRATION: Hard knocks life here folks.  It ain't pretty, but damn if it isn't a survivor!

A. Anderson

Thursday, January 5, 2012

DAY 5 - Collection

TITLE: The Collector Man
ASSIGNMENT:  Work with a collection of objects you have in your home (or borrow a friend's if you like).
MATERIALS: Bad Burn DVD-R, Clear DVD-R end, DVD-R Spindles, Red Dr Who Bow tie, Voice Recorder, Cabaret button, 2 spoons, 2 forks, 2 dowsing rods, 1 red rubber band and a coffee filter.
INSPIRATION: What to create?  Had to use some things that do represent what I collect, but also some unusual objects around the house.  Looks pretty good!

A. Anderson

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

DAY 4 - Ghetto Christmas Tree

 TITLE: Ghetto Christmas Tree
ASSIGNMENT:  Take a 5 minute walk, then make something using whatever material are available where you've ended up. Leave it there for someone else to discover.
MATERIALS: Rusty can, plastic green bulb, small plastic brandy bottle, broken taillight piece, wooden carpenters pencil
INSPIRATION: As I wander the streets of my semi-scary neighborhood, I gaze upon the remains of Christmas now left out to be hauled away and wondered, what would a tree look like if it WAS made of the streets?  Well, here it is! Merry Merry!

A. Anderson

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

DAY 3 - Plain Paper Bento Sushi Box

USED: 1 1/2 sheets of plain white printing paper
INSPIRATION:  This was a tough one, not being able to use scissors, glue and not being able to write on it, torture!  I kept wanting to paint and add color to it.  It was a challenge and I did make something I never would have thought of in a million years.

A. Anderson

DAY 2 - Clay Sleeping Cat

USED: Sculpey Clay, Acrylic paints, Shellac.
TITLE: Sleeping Cat
INSPIRATION: Make something using a favorite animal.  I went for one of the obvious and chose a cat.  In this case, a small, brown with white and black streaks, cat.

A. Anderson

DAY 1 - Alien Creature Named "Tootharactor"

 USED: Sculpey Clay, Acrylic paints, Shellac.
TITLE: Clay Alien "Tootharactor"

INSPIRATION:  Just to make a crazy alien face out of what was around me.  Since I paint and sculpture all of the time lately, everything was available.  Turned out pretty good.  The best touch was making the shading on the actual head from blue to yellow.

A. Anderson