Archive | January, 2012

Day 31. Hardware Bird

31 Jan

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Today I was just screwing around with a fun art idea. What if I took some screws out of my handymans’ bag and made a bird? Ok, I tossed that title “handyman” around pretty loosely just now. I have to come clean and say there is a reason these screw are so new looking. I am not very handy. Creative, yes! Handy – not so much. But hey look how shiny these upside down screws are in today’s Bird-A-Day Art.

AND NOW for some YouTube fun.

Please take a peek at my new YouTube video. I just uploaded it last night to celebrate the first 30 days of my year long art project. My YouTube channel is 365BirdArtProject or use this link:

Day 30. Paint Spill Bird

30 Jan

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Doh! I meant well. Have you ever started to get things organized and clean up after yourself – only to make a bigger mess? No? Alright well, I guess that’s just me. Today’s Bird-A-Day art was inspired by my sincere efforts to get my garage organized after all the bird art projects of the first 30 days. Instead I wound up knocking over a few cans of paint and well… No use crying over spilled latex paint.

IT’S MONDAY. SO REMEMBER TO VOTE. I want to know which bird of the past week is your favorite. Thanks so much.

Day 29. Music Recital Bird

29 Jan

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Last night at TCU, my wife and I enjoyed a piano recital featuring the music of Franz Liszt. And while I was captivated by pianist, Balazs Reti, I couldn’t help but see musical birds in my mind. Imagine that? Feeling inspired by the piano performance I got up this morning and went for my block printing tools. Cut out a musical note and printed today’s Bird on a sheet of drawing paper. And so today’s Bird-A-Day art is inspired by Liszt and the gifted performer from the Liszt Academy of Budapest. Bravo!

Day 28. Toast Bird

28 Jan

Alright, it’s Saturday and I’m about to bite into one of my favorite breakfast of champions – toast, when suddenly, today’s Bird-A-Day art, pops in my head. That bird on the brain head of mine. And so I stopped eating and starting cutting to let this little birdie out. Then only after creating this bird does it occur to me that I just snacked away on popcorn the day before. So I’ve realized something. It would have been very easy for me to do an entire year of “food art”. I just seem to love eating art. Or to be more honest, “snacking” (as my mom used to say) while making art. And I realized something else almost as important. Everything is better with butter.

Day 27. Movie Popcorn Bird

27 Jan

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It’s Friday. And for my sweetie and me, that nearly always means – movie night! It’s an nice reward after a long week, or a short week, or pretty much any week. Hey, we love movies. Fact is that we see enough movies to get a second job as movie critics. Today’s Bird-A-Day art is inspired by the pure joy and fun we have of watching great films on the big screen. (Please be considerate of others and silence your phone at this time) unless you plan to email a friend about today’s bird. Enjoy.

Day 26. Shredded Bird

26 Jan

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Today’s Bird-A-Day art was so much fun to make. I would love to do it again at a very large scale. But for reasons of a rather tight turnaround time. Something crazy like a new work of art every single day. I had to keep this guy small. The moment this bird idea entered my head, I couldn’t wait to grab my scissors and start shredding pages out of some old books in my closet. Don’t worry, these were really lame books and so no good stories were ever in danger. As you might know by now, I rather enjoy cutting up and having fun with art. Today’s bird allowed me do both. Enjoy.

Day 25. Shadow Wire Bird

25 Jan

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Today’s Bird-A-Day art was inspired by the shadows being cast across the side of my garage. The beautiful cable wire was just begging for birds. So, I went and defaced the side of my garage for art. Defaced is a bit harsh. Really all I’ve done here – is add a kind of “SUNDIAL” to my garage. I believe “value-added” is the phrase I’m searching for. Desperately. So now every day for about a half hour, these hand-drawn little birds have a wire to sit on. As I see it, this will serve as a reminder to me – everyday –  to finish the remodel of the front of the garage. Yes sir, that’s what I’m going with. Enjoy.

Day 24. Sawdust Bird

24 Jan

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Today’s bird-a-day art is how you clean up when you have birds on the brain! Yesterday’s tree branch bird was so much fun to make, but it (I) left a big mess. And so as I was cleaning up – staring at the large pile of sawdust in my garage it hit me – there’s a bird here – ready to take off. You might say the sawdust bird concept suddenly swept over me.

Day 23. Tree Branch Bird

23 Jan

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Today’s bird-a-day art was inspired by the rows of bare trees along the winter horizon. I find the winter treescapes beautiful. This was a really fun one to make. For starters I got to stroll around my local park and collect fallen tree branches as parents looked on as if I was going to start a bone fire in the park. I got to use some power tools to trim, cut branches and then drill holes in a 4×4 base. I even had the opportunity to paint! Today’s bird has a lot going on, so it was good that I had most of Sunday to work on it. Because of all the stages and pieces it took me a lot more time than any art that I have made so far. And if you are wondering, yes I did paint both sides of each branch.

TODAY IS MONDAY, so please vote for your favorite bird art of the past week. Thanks.

Day 22. Extension Cord Bird

22 Jan

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Today’s bird-a-day art fell out of my garage. I was getting out the power tools and messing around on a house project yesterday and needed an extension cord. This orange guy was a tangled mess. Remind me to properly store the extension cords next time. But after a 15 minute fight untangling this creature it wound up or unwound up looking just like this. Isn’t that ironic. Enjoy.

Day 21. Dog Food Bird

21 Jan

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Today is Saturday and I enjoy sleeping in past the alarm clock. It’s a treat. And its one of the reasons my weekend birds are always posted later than the work day birds. It’s the truth. But, one fact remains every day of the week, which always makes me get up earlier than I care to on Saturday and Sunday, and that’s our two dogs. They haven’t learned how to get breakfast for themselves, or let themselves outside for business. So this morning I decided to make the most of having to drag myself out of bed early on a Saturday and be more creative with their breakfast. And luckily today, Rascal volunteered to let me make his breakfast into our bird-a-day art. That’s Rascal racing in from the top of the photograph to devour today’s bird art. He has a great appreciation for the arts this dog. A real canine art connoisseur.

Day 20. Birthday Bird

20 Jan

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Today is my birthday. I apologize in advance for this totally self-serving act of art. But, I felt compelled to create a birthday bird as today’s bird-a-day art. Sing if you must. You have my permission to eat cake wherever you may find some today. And while my candles have not yet been lit, I do have one “self-serving” birthday wish.  I would love it if you would just share my blog with a friend today. Thank you.

Day 19. Palette Bird

19 Jan

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Today’s bird is inspired by my favorite person in the world as well as the most awesome artist that I have ever known, my wife, Allie Regan Dickerson. I love watching her paint. One of the really cool things I just love is her painting palette. She mixes colors in her own unique way and creates such great palettes as a by product of her painting process. She has just finished her latest oil painting, its amazing by the way,  but I’ve had my eyes on her gorgeous “palette” all these weeks and finally asked her if I could use her palette for my bird project. She said “SURE.” So today you get a peak at Allie’s wonderful palette. And no she doesn’t use a bird shaped palette. I just cut today’s bird out of her palette. This is almost like “relay” art. What fun.

Day 18. Rodeo Night Bird

18 Jan

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After class last night, first night being a short one, my wife and I had tickets to BULLS NIGHT OUT at our Live Stock and Rodeo show. We had great seats and everything. And outside of my all-beef hotdog, the two of us cracked shells and ate more peanuts than two people should legally be allowed in public. Sweet! Almost as much fun as the half-time intermission where we watched little boys and girls compete to see who could hang on the longest to the back of a sheep – as it ran across the arena. The bull riders had nothing on those brave little kids. So today’s bird is inspired by the livestock and rodeo show. Day 18 is the perfect livestock bird to give us all a wake up call.

Day 17. Back to School Bird

17 Jan

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Today is a special day. It’s the first day of Spring semester. I have the fortune of being an adjunct teacher at a local university and for me, the first day of school is always an exciting one. Because I give out the grades instead of the other way around. Honestly, teaching is lots of fun for me. As proof of my enthusiasm – for today’s bird-a-day art I actually used my teachers Record Roll Book for my canvas. (note to self buy a new roll book). It seems rather fitting, since my college students have “left the nest” and are now learning to fly on their own. Or in the case of my evening class, their learning CS5 computer graphics. And as you might imagine – this semester, they might just learn a little about bird art.

Vote Now!

16 Jan

Another week of art and time to vote for your favorite Bird-a-day art from this past week. So please leave a comment or just say “My Favorite,” for your one pick out of birds numbered 8 through 14.

My plans are to combine the top blog favorites of each week at the end of this year and put together a top 52 birds for a special final art blog project.

Thanks so much for being part of this art project.

16. Large Mouth Fish Bird

16 Jan

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Today’s bird is made from my bass fishing tackle. One of my favorite gifts of this past Christmas is a new fishing tackle box. Since I needed to organize my fishing gear into my new box I thought I could tackle the bird-a-day art at the same time with this catch – a “Large Mouth Fish Bird.” A rather rare species only found hiding around art blogs. Enjoy.

15. Birdseed Bird

15 Jan

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With today’s bird-a-day art marking day 15 of my new years resolution, I have 350 birds ahead. What fun. Today turned out to be a lovely, sunny day here in Texas, so I decided to go outdoors, soak up the sun and feed the birds.

14. Chopstick bird

14 Jan

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Chop chop. Friday night is date night for my wife and I. We  like to go out for dinner and a movie. Today’s bird-a-day is inspired by our dinner. Enjoy.

13. Garage Bird

13 Jan

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Lucky number 13! And on a Friday as well. Nothing scary about today’s bird. I improved upon the tool board in my garage with the help of a Jig saw. I guess you could say, I got jiggy with it. I know what you’re thinking – this guy is having entirely too much fun with his art blog project. You are correct. Enjoy your Friday.

12. Duct Tape Bird

12 Jan

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This bird celebrates my go-to-tool. The true all-in-one, multi-task tool on a roll. Duct tape! This mighty bird will never spring a leak, experience a broken wing or freeze in sub zero weather. That’s my kind of bird sculpture. Enjoy.

11. Newspaper Bird

11 Jan

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Today’s bird reminds me of how rarely I pick up an actual newspaper anymore. With all the latest news online and on my iPhone, what’s the local rag good for? I say, cheap canvas. That’s what! Just a buck. So I broke out the old pastels and had a blast just drawing for a change. There’s hardly anything I enjoy more than drawing, so why is it, I rarely draw? Beats me. This year, things are going to change. Starting with today’s bird-a-day art. Enjoy.

10. Rainy Day Bird

9 Jan

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For my fellow bloggers across the pond in London, this may not be so relevant, but here in Texas, in my neck of the woods it’s wet. It has been raining non-stop since Sunday night. And since 2011 was the driest year in history for Texas, we need the rain here. And by some fortuitous splatter, today’s bird – flew right off my umbrella as I jumped onto my back porch! That’s right, that is exactly how it happened. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Any doubters?

9. Sidewalk Bird

8 Jan

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It’s funny how much I think of birds since beginning this blog. You might even say that I have turned into a bird brain. I see birds in everything around me. Even when I am out on my jog, looking down at the road I have birds on my brain. The cracks in the road and sidewalk inspired today’s bird(‘s). I grabbed my pastels and had some fun, taking my blog to the streets. What is that old saying, “birds of a feather flock on sidewalk cracks together.” Thanks for viewing my blog. Since week one is in the bag, I would love to hear which of the birds from week one was your favorite. Just click on comment and post your vote.

8. Breakfast bird

8 Jan

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Sunday. Easily my favorite day of the week. And its always a great day for scrambled eggs, bacon and hash brown potatoes. Some how breakfast just tastes better on Sunday morning. Today I celebrate my favorite day for breakfast by making my wife a special serving. And yes, she actually said, my art was quite tasty. Bon Appetit.

7. Dirty Laundry Bird

7 Jan

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While I am certainly not one to air his dirty laundry in public, today I will make an exception. Because it’s Saturday and that means laundry day here at the Dickerson household, my bird-a-day art is also my dirty laundry. But I seem to be forgetting something. Should I separate complimentary colors from Tertiary colors before washing? Something like that. Let me know your thoughts. Enjoy.

6. Paper Clip Bird

6 Jan

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Today is Friday, end of the work week for many and end of our first week of our bird-a-day art project. So the hardest working office tool inspires today’s art bird. This little guy doesn’t get nearly the credit it deserves. Which makes we wonder – where do paper clips go when they retire? Tell me what you think. About any of this.

5. Chip off the old block bird

5 Jan

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Today is day 5 of my 365 day art project. That’s 360 more days ahead for my fellow artist who also find themselves math challenged like myself. I created today’s art using trimmings off a small tree in my backyard. So now my tree is looking better and I have this fun bird art to show for my yard work. This was a lot of fun and sort of like working a puzzle.

4. Yard Bird

4 Jan

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Today’s bird combines a little yard work around the house with artwork. It seems like I just raked all the leafs up three days ago and already the yard is covered again. This was the first time I really had fun raking the leaves. Enjoy.

3. Berry Cardinal

3 Jan

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Today is day 3 of my 365 day, Bird-a-day art project. And this is easily, the most fun start of a new year, in years. Todays’ Art bird was inspired in the produce section of the neighborhood grocery store last night. I had gone to pick up a box of cheerios and milk, and came away with five bags of groceries. Yep, that’s how I roll. Anyway, while looking over the seasonal fruit I saw these great raspberries and black berries and the red cardinal art bird – just had to be created. Besides, I love edible art.

2. Woody Woodpecker

2 Jan

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Today was a holiday break, so I had some time to pull out the power tools and mess around. Today’s bird is inspired by a regular visitor to our pecan tree in the back yard.

Number 1 Bird-a-day

1 Jan

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Today is January 1, 2012 and day one of my 365 day, bird-a-day art project. Starting today with this bird art, I will be posting a new art piece every day for this year. Today’s bird was inspired by the New Year’s Eve party that my wife and I attended. The party theme was SPARKLE. So we both dressed up in the most sparkly, fun clothes we could buy, borrow or rent in my case. Some of the jewelry used to create this bird was part of my sweeties sparkly outfit from the party. Yes I got permission before I grabbed her bling, bling. And ladies, no jewelry was harmed in the project.

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