On any given Sunday, you will find a group of locals getting their Latte’s at the Opening Bell cafe at South Side on Lamar, in Dallas. On this chilli Sunday morning, a Latte was the perfect start to the day. One of the nice things about the Opening Bell, besides the nightly live music from local bands and artists, and besides the fun, eclectic interior, is this chalkboard table. So while waiting on my Soy Vanilla Latte, I was inspired to doodle. Now for some odd reason, I found myself doodling a bird. Imagine that.
It has been several weeks since I have posted anything. Too long. And I have been feeling the need to sketch. But not on paper. And not with pen or pencil.
Last night while taking out the trash, I stumbled upon this white rock on our driveway. A decorative rock that apparently ran away from home. Well, it inspired me to try something that I used to do when I was just a kid. Use a rock as chalk. Rock chalk. And now this is when you might expect a sob story about growing up poor. Something like – We were so poor – that when I was growing up, we couldn’t even afford chalk to graffiti the streets like other kids. We were so poor we had to use rocks. That would be a funny story, but not at all true. While we were poorish, my mom always made sure that I had plenty of paper and something to draw with. Drawing was a trick my mother used to keep me quite and out of trouble. I guess that I am lucky there weren’t iPads or video games when I was a growing up.
A beautiful January day here in Texas. Too lovely to pass up on doing a little work outdoors so I attached the last batch of leaves on the front yard. This time, instead of bagging the piles of leaves, I just mulched them with my lawn mower. While sweeping up some of the leaf mulching that blew on the driveway, I was inspired to create this hungry guy. It only took a few minutes to sweep him into shape. You might say I was really humming. Enjoy.
So, this may be hard to believe, but – after a year of making bird art every single day, I still see birds everywhere. Doh. Yesterday while taking out the trash, I saw a cluster of walnuts shells, nuts, and various tree twigs on the driveway. It might seem like a nutty idea, but this storm trash makes a pretty good rooster. Enjoy.
I have whipped together a new YouTube video that contains a fast-paced review of all my Birds from 2012. Please share this link with your friends. Have some popcorn and enjoy the show.
At long last, I sit here on New Years eve, looking back over a year of art work. One year ago I made the biggest New Years resolution – of my life. A resolution to create a piece of art, each day for one year. Something many other artists have done before me, and who inspired me to make this ambition commitment to myself. As a result, this has been one of the most rewarding years of my life. Now what?
My next goal is to keep making art, but focus more of my energy on publishing several books for children that I have already written. An equally challenging and ambitious goal. Wish me luck.
I will be creating new art, but without the one day, time constraints. And I will be creating art beyond the singular theme of birds, but still creating much more bird art. So keep an eye on your email inbox for my latest works.
I also plan to sell many of my Bird-A-Day artworks. So if you have wanted to own one of them, stay posted.
Also, look for a coffee table book, of all the art from my 365 day art blog project. Most likely it will be a Blurb book, so look for news about my Bird-A-Day art book very soon.
And with today’s Wine Cork Bird, I want to wish every one my new friends, and all my family who have supported me and followed me through out this crazy year, a happy New Year!
If you have enjoyed my art blog this year, do me a favor and tell a friend.
ONE DAY LEFT!
While this is in fact bird 365, my blog project is not quite over. Because 2012 is a leap year, I still have one last bird tomorrow. And I already know what it will be. Let’s just say a toast will be in order for my final bird.
Today’s Bird-A-Day art was inspired by a piece of fabric in the closet. The pattern reminded me of one of my favorite artists, Matisse. Many of the patterns in fabric today are heavily influenced by the work of this Fauve and modern art master. So I decided to use the fabric from our closet as my starting point. I painted a coat of Medium Gel on a piece of masonite board, then pressed a swatch of the fabric across the board. Within a few hours, I was able to tear off the fabric, leaving this wonderful pattern transferred onto my masonite canvas. While I liked the tone of the board, I wanted a more Matisse feel, and that meant adding some color. One of his favorite colors was a bright blue. Enjoy.
Here at the end of the year, my sweetie and I have started a refresh project of our home. We have been rearranging furniture, simplifying, and changing up things from room to room. Today’s Bird-A-Day art was inspired by the shadow being cast by an antique figure on our fireplace mantle. We’re repainting the walls in our living room and so I wanted to indulge this fortuitous moment. This guy only lasted long enough to photograph, but it was fun. Enjoy.
FOUR DAYS LEFT!
A fallen leaf inspired today’s Bird-A-Day art. The shape of the leaf on the ground inspired me to get out my acrylic paints. But I also wanted to keep it as graphic as possible, so I decided to use only black and white paints. This guy would work well as a pattern on a pillow or comforter. Enjoy.
FIVE DAYS LEFT!
I could say the year has flown by, but it really has felt like a year-long project. And yet, here with only a few days remaining in my New Years’ resolution, I am just as excited about this Bird-A-Day art project, as when I started on January 1st. I still wake up without a clue what I will create. I still look around for inspiration and think about experimenting with something new. Today I started with a canvas that I had previously painted black but then put aside. A dead-end. So many of my bird ideas never made it to life. The idea of using a canvas for my canvas is pretty rare, if you have followed my art blog. But, instead of paint I decided to go with pastel, and just have fun doodling. Enjoy.
Yes, Virginia, even Texas can have a white Christmas. This morning at the breakfast table, I said – I wish it would snow so that I could have a snow bird for my blog. And then just like magic, the temperature outside dropped dramatically, and the light rain showers turned to snow. Not a heavy east coast kind of snow. More of a light flurries, Texas kind of snow. Watching the snow fall in our back yard, I noticed the lid to our grill was one of the few spots the snow paint was sticking. And just as magically, the snow sprinkled a snow bird for today’s Bird-A-Day art. Merry Christmas.
A few hours later, the snow flurries continued and finally started sticking to the ground. So am adding a second snow bird gift. Happy holidays.
Today is Christmas Eve. And just 7 days left in my Bird-A-Day art project. It is our family tradition to open one gift on Christmas eve and then open all the remaining gifts on Christmas day. And even though my childhood days are far behind me, Christmas eve has a magical way of bringing out my inner child. And my inner child wants to get its’ hands on some sparkling gifts. Enjoy.
Queen Anne, Cordial Cheeries, milk chocolates have been a part of my Christmas since before the time of Aluminum Christmas trees with color wheels. And that’s a long time. My mother would always top off an evening of gift giving for all us kids, with a box of these decadent, mounds of pounds for each and every one of us. We felt like kings and queens. I grew up thinking all Kings had upset stomachs from eating their cheery chocolates too fast. My sister, Jane has for many years now, kept this mouth-watering tradition alive. And last night after our Dickerson family Christmas, Jane made certain that Allie and I didn’t leave the party without our little red boxes. Thank you Jane for being so faithful to this family tradition. While we might pretend it’s not something grown-ups care for anymore – truth is, one bite of those cherry chocolates takes us right back to the best childhood memories any child or adult could wish for. Merry Christmas.
It was inevitable. Sooner or later I had to use Christmas wrapping paper for my canvas. I think it would work better after being mounted on another surface. But, that’s why I like to experiment on this blog. I learn new things every day. Next year, I might just put some of the things I’ve learned into practice. Happy holidays.
10 days and counting!
Today’s Bird-A-Day art was inspired by a blog follower who wished for a House Finch. Still keeping with the spirit of the season, I used some gift tissue for my canvas. I like the fragile, delicate quality of this tissue paper. While it is a challenge to paint on, it offers a fun – surprise factor, because of its’ unique surface quality. Enjoy.
After doing some Christmas shopping at one of my favorite stores, ZGallery, it was their fun little paper sack that inspired me. Someone had just recently been talking about the simple beauty of holiday luminary bags. And so I decided to turn my ZGallery bag into today’s Bird-A-Day art. Happy Holidays.
Today’s Bird-A-Day art was inspired by a friend at work who lived a while in Australia. Laura had asked if I had ever done a Kiwi bird. Sadly, the Kiwi had never crossed my mind, until she brought it up. But it didn’t take any time at all for me to warm up to the idea of the bird from down under. I like how the shape of the Kiwi, mirrors the shape of this chopped piece of wood. Enjoy.
Recently, an artist friend of mine, who follows this art blog, came across a very unique wood chip. When she saw it, she thought it might inspire me and so she gave it to me. Well, yes Robin, it did inspire me. This wood chip looks like it could break into song at any moment. And so I felt compelled to create a worthy image to go with this little treasure of nature. Thank you Robin. Enjoy.
Do you have a favorite bird you wish would become a Bird-A-Day art.
In the spirit of the Holidays, I want to do something extra special for following my art blog this year. If you have followed my blog this year and always wished to see a favorite bird, or a special, unique material, just let me know. I will work to make as many Bird-A-Day art wishes come true in these last 15 days of the year.
Thank you all for following my art blog this year and let the bird wishes begin.
M. K. Dickerson
We bought a real Christmas tree this year. Now, less than two weeks since coming home with us, it’s as brittle as a cactus. Yes, our beautiful tree is dried out, even with plenty of water and my soothing, bedtime stories. Yesterday, my sweetie did some tree trimming to spruce up the pine. As I carried the trimmings out, a branch fell on the ground. This single branch, had a most distinctive shape. That bird-head twig inspired today’s Bird-A-Day art. Cheers.
Today’s Bird-A-Day art was inspired by an old copy of the Wall Street Journal. Last year, I had a daily subscription and used it to keep up with the world of finance and investments. Taking a page out of the Journal, I clipped out my bird with a pair of scissors. The image, abstracted by the cut shape, now makes me curious about the story behind it. Ironically – I failed to read the story before throwing the paper away. So it will remain a mystery. Enjoy.
We decided to create our own, one-of-a-kind, Christmas card, instead of buying one this year. And I had a perfect idea – just waiting to happen. Imagine that. So with my linocut tools and some metallic silver printing ink, I got into the spirit of things to create today’s Bird-A-Day art. Peace, Love and Art.
This square sheet of steel has sat outside in my yard for several months. I wanted to let mother nature create the foundation for my bird painting. It was a nice surprise to find rusty leaf shapes on my metal canvas. This time, I wanted to experiment with scratching into the metal to form my bird. After painting my burnished bird shape I found the solid white was too sterile. So I decided to scratch into my painted bird with different materials. It was a real treat collaborating with nature on this one. Enjoy.
Yesterday my sweetie and I braved the holiday traffic to Christmas shop at our local mall. We actually had a surprisingly good time, and even found a good parking space. Twice. After we had checked off many items from our Santa list, we stopped to amuse ourselves at one of my favorite stores. Brookstone has the coolest gadgets in the mall. A writing pen that is also a recorder. A key finder so you never lose your car keys again. Random, every day problems solved with cool, well-designed gadgets. Among the cool stuff, was this new item called the Boogie Board. It promises to never waste paper again. You draw, write, doodle on this digital board and then a click of a button erases the board to start again. Now if you happen to be over 40 years old, you’ve seen this trick before. But, now it’s digital instead of a box filled with pencil shavings. Today’s Bird-A-Day art is my little hint for Santa. This gadget would be a nice stocking stuffer. Wink, wink, nod, nod.
Today’s Bird-A-Day art was inspired by a floor vent in the corner of my sweetie’s art studio. I wanted to create a one-frame movie. A dramatic story of artistic angst. A story of a tortured soul and his idea that got away. Lost in a twist of fate, the loss weighs forever on the heart of this unknown artist. But, it’s really just a piece of trash in the corner which I think is kind of funny.
The end of another semester is here. I just had to visit my sweet heart”s MFA studio to see first hand, all the paintings from this semester. Her work just leaves me speechless. I am so very proud of her. She works harder at her passion than anyone I have ever known. On the way out of her studio, I came across the branding work of an expressive student. How today’s tiny chalk bird came to be perched on that students’ branding work, is a total mystery.
A scrap of black foamcore inspired today’s Bird-A-Day art. I had used this foamcore as a backdrop for some of my bird art photographs. After one of my birds, from a while back, put holes in the board, it was headed for the trash. But then for whatever reason,this scrap didn’t get tossed. Maybe because it would spark an idea today. Enjoy.
While in the garage, I came across a 2 foot square illustration board from a project gone bad, last year. I flipped the board over and these horizontal lines inspired today’s Bird-A-Day art. For me those two mysterious, stained bands made a perfect water line for a long-legged bird. And I always enjoy getting out my pastel pencils and just sketching. Enjoy.
This weekend, I found myself in our attic, digging around for Christmas lights and ornaments to decorate our tree. While moving things around, I stumbled upon this broken piece of insulation. The look of it sparked my imagination. It reminded me of a shoreline, wishing for a bird to wade around for a quick snack. Enjoy.
Subtractive art. This is one of many experiments that I will be doing with this notion of forming an image by taking away, rather than adding. In today’s Bird-A-Day art, I took a piece of sand paper and scratched away at the paint-covered table top to create my bird. It’s a different way of thinking, that is a bit like sculpting out of wood. Enjoy.
Day 333. A perfect day for controversy. My jog along a major street here in Fort Worth, inspired today’s Bird-A-Day art. Along my jog I couldn’t help but notice – butts scattered along the street for nearly a mile. How these butts ended up, lining the street sidewalks is a big mystery. Now I’ve given this some thought. Maybe, its wild foxes. Stay with me. Fact is, I have seen several wild foxes, crossing this road after dark. Foxes are smart, which means they would know the chicken had crossed the road. And perhaps, they wanted to have a smoked chicken. It’s a mystery alright.
I found a metal stand, that once held up a piece of art. Now it just sits empty, with no higher cause or purpose. So today’s Bird-A-Day art, gave this metal stand another chance to be part of something bigger. Something artistic with a purpose. A higher calling. Today, this metal stand made me smile. Is there any higher calling. Enjoy.
This is not a bucket list bird. This is not a kick the bucket bird. This guy was inspired by a bucket – turned upside down on the floor. My odd sensibilities, liked the way the bottom of this plastic bucket was colored and scuffed up. Perhaps it has been kicked around some. Or may be just a very hard-working bucket. Either way, I like it. And when I like something, I usually paint or draw a bird on it. Enjoy.
Cy Twombly is one of my favorite artists. His work from the late 50’s until his death in 2011, was innovative, fresh and inspired. I love his colors and textures, but without question the one aspect of his art that I love the most is his unique mark-making. It’s almost like a form of writing that mysteriously appears on his colorful canvases. I asked myself, how would Twombly paint a bird if this were his blog. Today’s Bird-A-Day art is my best attempt at channeling Twombly. Enjoy.
I am sooo stuffed. Thanksgiving day was just wonderful. A great time with family, watching the Cowboys snooze while feasting on classic family favorites. The sweet potato casserole is always a big hit. Almost as popular as my sweeties’ home made peach cobbler. Mmmmm. But it wouldn’t be a Thanksgiving dinner without the stuffing. Today’s Bird-A-Day art, inspired by the leftovers in my brother Gary’s kitchen. Yum.
Today is Thanksgiving day. As an artist I am thankful to have this blog, so I can paint my hand and draw like a four year old. Again. Thankful that I have had so much fun creating a Bird-A-Day all year-long. Thankful for so much, but especially – my sweetheart and best friend, Allie. Happy Gobble Gobble day. What are you thankful for today?
Inspired by our mighty leaders in congress who thankfully – are off on Thanksgiving holiday until whenever. Today’s bird was found sitting on the fence. It can not make a decision and so it just – sits there, with the very strong possibility of our neighbors big, hungry, gray cat coming around. Don’t tempt big, hungry gray cats. Get off the fence. I approve this posting.
It has been a while since I did an owl. Which is odd, since the owl is one of my favorite birds. And of all the many varieties of the owl family, I especially like the Cardboard Owl. When they land on a stack of cardboard boxes, they are practically invisible. There’s just no telling how many times one of these rare owls watched as you unpacked after a move. Ask yourself how many times did you spot a cardboard owl? That’s my proof, right there. Enjoy.
I’ve been working fast and furious on birds and found myself with a dull pencil. After sharpening my pencil, I was inspired by the shavings to create today’s Bird-A-Day art. As with all of my birds, I learn something new that I can take with me. With today’s bird, I have learned to never assume there is only way to express your creativity with a pencil. “Getting the lead-out,” might mean – not using the lead at all. Enjoy.