Archive | February, 2012

Day 60. Constellation Leap Year Bird

29 Feb

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Today is February 29. Leap day! Lucky me, that I would have to start a 365 day blog project on a leap year. That just cracks me up. Today’s Bird-A-Day art is inspired by this extra bonus day for 2012. According to Wikipedia, the leap day is the only way to keep the calendar year synchronized with the stars and the seasons. So it seemed a good idea to create a bird constellation. Not having any stars or star-dust to play with, I took a heavy sheet of pressed board and drilled “29” holes. I then propped a light behind the board and presto, Constellation Leap Year Bird. Enjoy.

Day 59. Clean Up Bird

28 Feb

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After yesterday’s bird art with Maddie, I needed to clean up the driveway. While washing and scrubbing down the driveway, today’s Bird-A-Day art happened. Funny, how when you have something on your mind, it always seems to come out in unexpected ways. Case in point, today I discovered a new bird and ended up with a cleaner drive way. And that is a win, win situation. Enjoy.

Day 58. Bird Dog Bird

27 Feb

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Someone seeing day 55, Dog Hair Bird, asked if I would show my pet, Maddie who so generously donated to that day’s Bird art. Since that day, I have trained Maddie for today’s Bird-A-Day art. After several days of regular treats and practice, I am proud to say she learned a third new trick. Maddie now does sit, lay down and “fly”. Enjoy.

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Day 57. Table Carved Bird

26 Feb

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Last night became this morning before I knew it. Last night we, my wife, my two brothers and several friends went to see and hear the legendary blues man, B. B. King at Billy Bob’s Texas. B. B. started loosing his thrill sometime after midnight. I didn’t realize he is 86 years young. What an inspiration. Sometime after, our group ended up at the White Elephant in the Fort Worth Stockyards. As we sat listening to a local band, I noticed how every inch of surface on the tables was carved out with names and pictures. And so today’s Bird-A-Day art was inspired right then and there. Enjoy.

Day 56. Fingerprint Bird

25 Feb

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Play time!!! I remember fondly how much fun finger painting was back in grade school. The memory of that made me wonder – would it also be fun painting with my “fingerprint”.  Yes! Fingerprint painting is good, simple, easy to clean fun. For bird 56, I simply used some acrylic paint and one of my digits. Would that make this “digital” art? Enjoy.

Day 55. Dog Hair Bird

24 Feb

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We have a three year old black lab mix, named Maddie. She is a sweet dog. Maddie is also a hairy dog. Yes I realize all dogs are hairy, but she is more so than most. And with Texas’ bizarre 80 degree, sunny weather in February, her hairy winter coat is very conflicted. And that is how we come to have today’s Bird-A-Day art. Maddie was generous enough to donate a sufficient amount of her winter coat to our art project. And she looks and feels better for getting involved in the arts. I once wondered if Maddie was aware of how much prettier she looked when she came home from the dog groomers. Well – she knows. Yes, she does.

Day 54. Prickly Seedpod Bird

23 Feb

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Part of me wants to believe these little seedpods are alien spacecrafts. Maybe it’s because I love the movie “Men In Black”. Perhaps it’s my childhood imagination back at play. But anyone who has ever seen these cool artifacts below a tree has to agree they look like something from another planet. So today as we were walking the dog and I came across an entire galaxy of them – one thought took over my being. “ALIEN Bird.” My dog Maddie watched as I scooped up a T-shirt full to create today’s Bird-A-Day art. They may not be alien or spacecrafts but they did get me humming. Enjoy.

Day 53. Designer Blue Jean Bird

22 Feb

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You are now looking at the next big trend in designer jeans. As of today! Now I’ve worn these designer jeans since the first of the year when I started this blog which might explain the wear in my jeans. Apparently, not only do I have birds on the brain, but my jeans have birds on the knees. What’s the chances? So keep an eye out and expect to see a run on “bird” jeans at a store near you.

Day 52. Mardi Gras Bird

21 Feb

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It’s Fat Tuesday. And no I don’t mean drive-thru, fast food lunch day. I have a coworker from New Orleans who tells stories of Mardi Gras and growing up in New Orleans. When he brought some authentic King Cake into the office this week, he unwittingly inspired todays’ Bird-A-Day art. You never know where inspiration will be found. Laissez le bon temps rouler!

Day 51. Wood and Steel Bird

20 Feb

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Its Monday. My little blog project past the big 50 mark over the weekend. And today, our inspiration for our 51st Bird-A-Day art is one on the endangered Species list. This guy is one of the largest species of Woodpecker. And I discovered they are known to mate for life. The Ivory Billed Woodpecker, is not only on that list but many scientist believe may already be extinct – due to loss of habitat.

Day 50. Manila Envelope Bird

19 Feb

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This weekend I was trying to get better organized. With all the bird art, things are starting to stack up around here. It’s always good to be better organized. And so today’s Bird-A-Day art is inspired by one of the simplest means of filing things away. Whenever in doubt, I just stick it in a manilla folder. Inside this manilla folder – are watercolor painted birds, sitting on the scored folds. Which just goes to show that even plain old manilla can still be creative. Enjoy.

49. Chi Chi Chia Bird

18 Feb

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Today’s Bird-A-Day art has been in the works for a couple of weeks now. I have grown this art from seeds with this day in mind. Watering the seeds twice a day in a glass canning jar until the sprouts appeared. Does that mean today’s bird is home-grown art? Would it qualify as organic art? Would it be labeled as – art from an “emerging” artist? Or________?

Day 48. Inkblot Test Bird

17 Feb

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This is only a test. What do you see? For myself, this is official proof that I have “birds on the brain.” I did a little experiment with ink blots on a sheet of paper and voilà, “I see a bird.” According to these results my state of mind is creative and inspired. Which is pretty fun. I recommend it. And being Friday, I’m feeling even more inspired. So what did you see?

Day 47. Wallpaper Bird

16 Feb

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Some days I just feel the need to draw. Today was one of them. I grabbed my favorite Uniball pen, a dash of watercolor and pulled out this cool old piece of wallpaper. This sheet of wallpaper  made me feel – nostalgic. And that feeling took me back to a fond memory from childhood. I recalled this elderly gentlemen in our neighborhood who kept a pet owl. I remember getting to touch it and look into its gigantic eyes. Standing just inches away from it. I was a little fella at the time and it seemed like the owls head was bigger than my own. It was wild and more incredible than anything I had ever seen on Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. (A favorite animal show from my childhood.) It’s one of those vivid memories that will always stay with me. If only rarely revisited when stumbling upon a nostalgic trigger. Enjoy.

Day 46. Monoprint Bird

15 Feb

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This is my first venture into monoprinting. I have always loved the unique look of monoprints and my art blog has given me the motivation to try it out. This is essentially a painting, created through a printing process. How cool is that. This print only came after many, many bird prints that never left the nest. Each time I would pull my paper away from the painted plexiglass it was a moment of discovery. Ahhha or Ugh. This one of a kind print was one of just 2 ahhha birds. Enjoy.

Day 45. Red Roses Valentine Bird

14 Feb

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Is there anything that says “I love you” as quickly as red roses? Today’s Valentine Bird number 3 is inspired by that ultimate symbol of love. Now, some people, might disagree with me here. They might suggest some other “shiny” symbol. Something with clarity, color and cut. But I would argue these red roses also have clarity, color and cut and they have one more thing – they smell better. Try smelling that other shiny object of affection and you will have to agree. Roses are the ultimate symbol of love. Not to mention that you can buy these by the dozen. Happy Valentines.

Day 44. Valentine Chocolates Bird

13 Feb

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Today’s Bird-A-Day art is inspired by one of my favorite holidays. Valentines. And one of the greatest gift ideas ever – chocolates! It seems that at some point man discovered that most women love chocolates. And by rule of association if a guy gives chocolates to the gal he loves, it only makes sense she would be that much sweeter – on him. Today’s Valentine bird 2 was created from a box of Whitman’s Sampler. I will admit, it was a big box and there were actually many more chocolates that some how – ummm, just never made it on the canvas. Hey, these things happen. Happy Valentines.

Day 43. Twiggy Bird

12 Feb

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Today’s Bird-A-Day art was inspired by a small pile of twigs on my driveway. As I had bird on the brains at the time, finding a bird among the twigs just had to happen. Enjoy.

Day 42. Cheerios Cereal Bird

11 Feb

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My favorite cereal is Cheerios. I have a bowl every day. Yes, I said every day. But, while many people mistakenly eat it in the morning for breakfast, I know better. I alone know that it is the perfect “snack” before bedtime. Does that make it a “bedfast?” Bird-A-Day number 42 is what’s left of my latest “bedfast” snack. Yum.

Day 41. Sweetheart Valentine Bird

10 Feb

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Today starts the official Valentine’s weekend. Yes, I realize it’s next Tuesday on the 14th, but Valentine’s is a big holiday around our home. So I am starting early with Valentine bird number 1. I was surprised how easy it was to find these candy hearts in stores today. I remember them quite fondly from my childhood. When I was in 4th grade it was understood that you would give out one of these hearts with the proper message to all your class mates. Saving the special messages for the special Valentine hopefuls. Today’s hearts have changed a bit in that area. You might not be able to read the words on these hearts, but one of them actually says “Text Me.” When I was in 4th grade, my candy hearts’ message – was as close as it ever got to “Texting” anyone.” Yes it was a long time ago. So today’s Bird-A-Day is for my Valentine. “Follow Me.”

Day 40. Printing Plate Bird

9 Feb

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Wow.  40 days already. This year is flying by for me. Today’s Bird-A-Day art is inspired by something I do during my day job, on occasion. And that would be press checking. Today’s bird was painted with acrylics on an offset printing plate from a local printer. The idea of doing fine art, my personal art, on something that is non-personal is an interesting mix. This press plate represents mass production, but there exist only one bird painting on this single plate. I like that. I also like the surface of the aluminum plate as a canvas. Isn’t that ironic. It grabs the paint but also allows the paint to slide easily across it. Every graphic designer should try this one out after your next press check. Enjoy.

Day 39. Watercolor Bird

8 Feb

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Today I dipped my sable brush into yesterday’s tray of watercolors and started splattering around. Yes, it’s true, yesterday’s tiny watercolor tray bird is a victim of conceptual art. He is but a memory. A moment of silence please. Ok. So I think watercolor painting is more fun when you have no clue what you are doing with it. That’s my story any way. When you just splatter alot! That’s when I know that I’m making something. Which is usually a mess. And if you’re like me, you have to clean up a bit. With today’s Bird-A-Day art, that meant taking some scissors and cutting this bird out of my splattered playground. And it was fun. Not quite as fun as edible art, but then honestly what is? But very close.

Day 38. Watercolor Palette Bird

7 Feb

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Finally got back to my paints again, after a long weekend of sports and snacking. Or more like professional “sport-snacking”in my case. Yum. But before I could even put my brush and water color paints on paper I just stopped to admire the old paints in the tray. I think the water color tray is beautiful just as it is. A work of art. All this palette needed was a tiny bird to be hidden within the old paints. Enjoy.

Day 37. Big Apple Bird

6 Feb

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Today’s Bird-A-Day art is inspired by the winners of Super Bowl 46. In honor of the New York Football Giants, I used a big juicy red apple as my block of marble. You know, now that I think about it, for the purpose of my art blog art, I was lucky the Giants won. Because I don’t know what it would cost me to overnight an order of New England Clams, but I bet it would be a lot more than this apple. Enjoy.

Day 36. Super Bowl Birds

5 Feb

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The big game is finally here. And this day is just too big for one bird. It is after all Super Bowl Sunday! I have gone the extra yard and posted three NFL ready birds. First, I used a football as an art canvas, it’s called Game Ball Bird. Then I deconstructed a football and rearranged the parts for a second bird, named Football Pieces Bird. The third bird used one of the sliced football pieces. I painted acrylic everywhere except the area that revealed my bird, named Football Slice Bird. And yes it was a lot of fun. Now – we are ready for some footballllll. Let’s play ball – before I deconstruct it into art.

Day 35. Chalkboard Big Play Bird

4 Feb

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Time to get rowdy. Today’s Bird-A-Day art is inspired by this special time of the year. That great American annual event that brings everyone together. On two sides of the field. And we all have the perfect excuse to eat lots of pizza and buffalo wings. What could be more fun than that. Keep an eye out for this play tomorrow. A little bird told me it was going to be a big one. Good luck to the New York Giants and the New England Patriots. May the best play caller win. Enjoy.

Day 34. Sticky Note Bird

3 Feb

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Today ends another fine work week. What a perfect day to salute one of my favorite, hard workers. The grand daddy of office tools, the Yellow Sticky Note. Personally, there is no way that I can make it through a day, much less a week without my sticky notes. These little guys keep my tiny brain organized. They save me from forgetting the milk and cereal. They remind me where to find the cool gadget I stumbled across online today. They are my first line of defense against my limited RAM memory. And yes, I do have the latest amazing iPhone. And it has SIRI, which I use. But SIRI is no match for my stacks of sticky notes. Seriously. Enjoy.

Day 33. On The Fence Bird

2 Feb

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With politics in the air a bird “on the fence” just had to happen. See I couldn’t decide what bird to make today. I had one art idea that I might call more liberal and then another rather conservative art idea and well, I just could not make up my mind. So instead, I took some bleach and created today’s Bird-A-Day art. Now, what you can’t see in this photograph is that my fence is actually leaning a little. But I’m not going to say which direction. That’s better left to other blogs. Did I just say left? Keep this bird in mind when its time to vote – for your favorite bird of the week on Monday.

Day 32. Leaf Bird

1 Feb

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Have you ever stepped on Art? Last night as I was walking to my car after class, I stepped on this gorgeous, large leaf. It was so large and beautiful that it stopped me in my tracks. If I’ve never mentioned this before, let me just say, leaves are one of my favorite things in the world. I love the unique beauty of a leaf. And so I stood there a moment just staring. At the leaf. And then I thought, this handsome leaf deserves an after-life. A second life as a work of art. With just a snip here and a snip there, todays’ Bird-A-Day art is fresh off the grounds of the TCU campus. Enjoy.

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