Day Fifty three – Paisley no. 2

Day Eighteen (October 18th) was my first Paisley, but I did it in black & white and since then I’ve really wanted to do a companion piece in really bright colors.  The pattern is almost identical but there are slight differences since I don’t digitally color my work – I create it all the old fashioned way – I sketch it out, refine the design, and transfer the design to good paper before drawing it out in ink before laying in the color – usually watercolor or gouache and occasionally in Letraset Pantone Tria markers like today.  The colors are extremely vivid and are a great way to get color consistency from one area of the design to another unlike watercolor where I’m looking for the inconsistency and blended movement of the color.

I sat in on a WEGO webinar this evening.  It was about health activism in chronic pain communities and it was very informative.  But I’m having trouble trying to figure out where I fit in with my Art Apples.  What I’m trying to do is to find a way to capture people’s interest who know nothing about AS and because they are intrigued by my endeavor – they stop and have to pay attention to what Ankylosing Spondylitis is.  I think I’m trying to bring awareness but I don’t think I fit into the activism area.  As time goes by – I’m sure this path I’m on will lead me where I’m supposed to go.

Until tomorrow.


Day 53 was created with pen & ink and Letraset Tria Pantone markers.

Day Forty eight – Miniature Apple

It is so vast out there!  The internet that is supposed to make our world smaller by instantly connecting over 6 billion of us can often make me feel very, very tiny.  Not small but tiny.  Tiny in comparison to the total number of pageviews, twitter followers, likes and hits that this so called connectedness causes us, well me anyway, to be conscience of.  I may need to rethink my purpose here.  I’m spending too much time worrying about the insignificant things and not the art and whether or not it can help.  Is it making any difference?  Can it ever?  I am committed to my 365 days of Apples and I believe that people will and do like what I’m doing here but….  people will either “like” it or not.  And if you do – please pass this site on to someone else who might like it also.  I am going to go paint 🙂

Until tomorrow.


Day Forty eight was created with watercolor.

Day Thirty six – Little Black Rain Cloud

Some days it feels like a dark cloud follows you around.  If that cloud could just be Whinny( oops! Winnie) the Pooh!  Guess that’s what I get for whining 🙂

I was due for my Remicade infusion today but just found out that it will be at least another month for them to get the approval of the new insurance.  So… just a bit down.  I promise a cute, upbeat image for you all tomorrow.

Until tomorrow.


Day 36 was created with graphite on paper.

Day Thirty five – Red Pastel

As I progress with my days of apples I’m finding more and more wonderful information about Ankylosing Spondylitis and Arthritis but what has really surprised me is to find the amazing people sharing their stories.

I’d like to share some of their sites:

United Voices for AS


AS Mom

RA Guy

This Luscious RA

RA Warrior

Thank you all for what you do!

Until tomorrow.


Day 35 was made with pastels on colored paper.

Day Twenty one – Quilted

I’m loving creating my Art Apples!  I’ve had some wonderful comments and feedback and I want to thank you all for the amazing support – it keeps me going and gives me strength.  One day at a time – an art apple a day!

I’m committed to my endeavor and to helping bring awareness to Ankylosing Spondylitis.

I have to tell you all that I had something really wonderful happen today.  As an artist (I have a BFA and I still have trouble calling myself that) we all look for confirmation, validation and praise.  It is so difficult to open yourself up to the world and say “I created this”.  So… acceptance is like air – we can’t live without it.  I have spent too many years afraid that my work would be anything but loved because I couldn’t accept anything else.  The need for this can become absolutely paralyzing in the creative process so when a stranger takes the time to validate your work it is more than the air we need, it’s like air that contains pure love.  It feels different – it is sustenance in a way that makes every cell in your body take notice.  I had a stranger approve of what I do and that stranger is an amazing accomplished artist – it made me weep (seriously I started bawling) to read the words of his note, especially because he lives with AS too so I know he understands where I’ve been.

Thank you Tom for your kind words.

Until tomorrow.


Day Nineteen – Pink Apple for Breast Cancer

Just under the wire tonight.  I’ve been wanting to do a pink apple for my friend Sandy and all women dealing with breast cancer.

I spent the evening flying back home to Denver and I drew this somewhere over Iowa and Nebraska and got home just with enough time to watercolor the design.  Whew!

Until tomorrow.


Day Five – Still a life

My friend Sandy made a great suggestion on Sunday for an Art Apple.   She had just finished her 10th Race For The Cure in Denver – her first as someone living and surviving with breast cancer.  Although my blog is to highlight Ankylosing Spondylitis awareness, it is also to thank people who support anyone living and dealing with health issues.  So her suggestion was perfect (thank you Sandy!)

A Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Apple!

I sat down this evening very excited to create her apple.  I had a clear idea of a hot pink apple with a chartreuse background painted in acrylics but, sometimes the creative process just happens and you don’t fight it.  So…. this isn’t Sandy’s apple – it will have to wait until another day (and I have a new vision for it now too – lol.)  Today’s apple sorta looks like a peach to me but – eh…. I’ll be my biggest critic I suppose.

Until tomorrow.


Day One

My first Apple
Art Apple - Day One

So here’s the Concept:  To give the gift of my art in a unique way.  To bring awareness to Ankylosing Spondylitis and support my love of creating art.

Idea:  Make a piece of small art of an apple each day starting October 1, 2010 and give the original away and document the process online via blog and website.  Start by posting it on my blog –  Post the piece each day and follow up with posts of who I gave the original to and a story about it.  Prints will be available for sale

This concept incorporates

  1. Ankylosing Spondylitis Awareness
  2. Sharing my art with the world.
  3. Community and giving.

Background:  An apple a day keeps the doctor away has its beginnings dating back to 1866 as Welsh folk proverb. .  I will use the image of the Apple every day as a way to help people with a horrible disease by bring awareness, giving gifts of the pieces to my supporters, AS survivors, and people who need a piece of joy, and by selling the prints to support my efforts and future donations to great causes for health.

Specifics of Art:  A small manageable daily drawing/painting/mixed media piece produced each day.  A 6” x 6” piece of paper with a 5” x 5” image – no other restrictions.