Archive | July, 2012

Day 215. Street Curb Bird

31 Jul

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While out walking our dog Maddie, I stumbled upon this freshly wind-swept pile of Crepe Myrtle blooms. I do love these found birds. It was ironic that the bird of blossoms was resting on this red street line. Enjoy.

Day 214. Wallpaper Pastel Bird

30 Jul

 

Here is another fun piece of wallpaper that inspired me to create today’s Bird-A-Day art. With the Olympics taking place across the pond, it seemed like a good idea to work on some water birds. My favorite games at the summer Olympics are the swimming events. So far, the London Summer Olympics is proving to be very entertaining and exciting to watch. Enjoy.

 

Blog Makeover

29 Jul

TIME FOR A REFRESH

I felt it was time to refresh my blog since so much has happened since the launch in January of this year. My refreshed blog has features that should make it easier to join in the conversation and quickly check out anything that you might have missed. Let me know how you like the new look. And please say something, if there are some features you might suggest to make it better. Enjoy.

Day 213. Domolition Bird

29 Jul

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Today I had revenge on our dangerous kitchen counter top. After we talked with a local handy man about the project, it became obvious to me that this was a DIY project. So I visited my Home Depot and found this awesome DESTRUCTO-TOOL like nothing I had ever seen before. Part sledge-hammer, part crowbar and part get-it-done now! You can see this incredible tool as part of today’s Bird-a-Day art. With my new Stanley tool buddy, I tore into our kitchen demo project and had the entire demolition completed right under three hours. Setting a new Olympic record in kitchen demolition. And today’s Bird represents a savings of $700 dollars. We love DIY. Enjoy.

Day 212. Counter Demo Bird

28 Jul

It’s time to put on the DEMO hat. We want to change out the counter top in our kitchen with something more modern. So my sweetheart grabbed a hammer and a screwdriver and attacked the corner of the counter top to “test” how difficult this project might be. I got home just in time to drive her to an emergency medical center for a few stitches in her non-drawing hand. Now we’re trying to find a handy man. Meanwhile, I thought marking the start of the project with a bird was a good idea. Enjoy.

Day 211. Melted Candle Bird

27 Jul

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Quite unintentionally, I left a candle in the master bathroom burning all night long. The next morning all that was left was this big blob and streak of melted wax on the bathroom tile. At first I started to throw it away, but then noticed after breaking the pieces apart that there was a bird in that melted wax, trying to get free. Maybe it was meant to be. Enjoy.

Day 210. Raw Canvas Bird

26 Jul

 

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Sometimes, the inspiration for my art comes from a random piece of material. The idea for today’s Bird-A-Day art hit me when I found an old piece of scrap canvas. I just liked the raw, stringy look of this canvas strip and wanted to create something in an equally raw approach. I had fun using my fingers to paint this gouache bird. Enjoy.

 

Day 209. Scratchboard Bird

25 Jul

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Today I tried a Scratchboard for the first time. I stumbled across this fun board at my local Asel Art Store a couple of days ago, but just got around to trying it out. With a Scratchboard, you start with a black clay board and scratch away lines to reveal the white board below the black clay surface. For me the process was meditative and relaxing. A perfect bedtime exercise. Enjoy.

Day 208. Acrylic Black Bird

24 Jul

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Today’s Bird-A-Day art is inspired by a painting of birds my wife did several years ago, which hangs in our home. She used very vibrant green colors in a loose, abstract style that is simply beautiful. I enjoy looking at it every day. So why not do my interpretation. Even though it is a much smaller, simpler version that pales by comparison. It was fun. Enjoy.

Day 207. Palette 2 Bird

23 Jul

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My sister Jane and her husband visited us over the weekend. She follows my blog and told me that one of her very favorite Bird-A-Day art pieces was one created out of a painting palette from my wife. Well, it just happens that my wife has finished her latest painting (an amazing work) and she just gave me her latest palette. I just love the colors on her palette. So Jane, this one is for you. Today’s Bird-A-Day art, inspired by my sister. Enjoy.

Day 206. French Toast Bird

22 Jul

 

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Saturday morning my sweetie treated the family to her home cooked, French Toast. The bread was from Panera Bread, so you know it’s awesome. Her French Toast was so crazy good, it’s hard to describe how yummy this breakfast was. It put a smile on everyone’s face. I took one of my slices and added a little extra powdered sugar for today’s Bird-A-Day art. Enjoy.

 

Day 205. Box Stuffing Bird

21 Jul

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Last night, the UPS man dropped off a big box of goodness at our door. A very exciting gift. The gift came in a large box and the package stuffing was something I had never seen before. What must have been a paper roll some 20 feet in length, protected our shipment like some giant boa constrictor. And so today’s Bird-A-Day art was inspired by the wonderful gift from Eithne. Enjoy.

Day 204. Crepe Myrtle Bird

20 Jul

 

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Today’s Bird-A-Day art started off as just a big splatter of watercolor paints. Then after some layering and experimenting a bird shape started coming together. I decided this splatter of paints would work better if I did a little pen and ink drawing for the head and some feathers. And lastly, a twig from our yards Crepe Myrtle tree gives this little fella a resting spot. I really enjoy mixing media along with real objects. Enjoy.

 

Day 203. Weed Bird

19 Jul

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It’s ironic how in Texas, the heat and dry weather will kill off the grass, shrubs and plants, with zero effect on anything you did not plant or spend hours nurturing. After spending good money on healthy plants, the volunteer weeds just keep on laughing at the Texas heat. So today’s Bird-A-Day art is inspired by weeds. Enjoy.

Day 202. Road Tree Bird

18 Jul

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As I was taking our dog Maddie for a walk, I couldn’t help but notice some interesting cracks in the road. These cracks caught my eye because they reminded me of tree branches. Which made me think of birds of course. So I revisited the road cracks with a stick of chalk to create today’s Bird-A-Day art. Maddie watched and gave me one of those looks as if to say “really?” Yes, Maddie. Really.

Day 201. Caterpillar Leaf Bird

17 Jul

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While taking out the trash, I noticed some of our plants along the driveway have been added to the menu of some uninvited guests. But as I looked closer at the damaged leaves, it seems that my blog has been picked up by the insect blogging community. Right in front of me as clear as day, is today’s Bird-A-Day art, submitted by the local – caterpillar. Enjoy.

Day 200. Pattern Bird

16 Jul

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Over the weekend, my wife and I visited our local art store, Asel Art Supply in Fort Worth. In the back of their store they have a handsome collection of handmade papers. Many of them are one-of-kind. One particular pattern paper caught my eye. The large sheet of hand-made paper inspired today’s Bird-A-Day art. Enjoy.

Day 199. Bad Ideas Bird

15 Jul

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The Napkin Bird from yesterday is an example of an idea that worked out just fine. But there are a lot more ideas of mine, that end up being tossed away. For whatever reason, I just don’t love them enough to turn the ideas into art. As a matter of fact, when I went through my old sketch pads, I found enough bad ideas to create today’s Bird-A-Day art. Why do I have a sudden urge to drink a glass of fresh lemonade. Enjoy.

Day 198. Napkin Bird

14 Jul

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Quite often, an idea for a bird hits me during the most ordinary moment of the day. And before I ever invest the time to create any Bird-A-Day art, I first make a quick doodle. A small, thumbnail sketch of my idea/inspiration to see if I can visualize it working. Well today, after I sketched my idea of the Napkin Bird, I thought it would be fun to show it – as the idea hits me. And just before I spill salsa on myself. Enjoy.

Day 197. Grooming Clay Bird

13 Jul

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Yes, I admit that I use hair product. I have a thing for Aveda Grooming Clay in particular. Well, as fate would have it, yesterday as I pushed my fingers through the last few days left in this jar, I looked down and saw this. When you have birds on the brain, you tend to see birds everywhere. Is it just me, or is there a bird in my Aveda jar? Enjoy.

Day 196. Metal Motherwell Bird

12 Jul

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Today’s Bird-A-Day art was inspired by the color field simplicity of Rothko and the bold black shapes of Motherwell. I started with an amazing found printers plate that had been a reject. This offset printing plate had wonderful ink-stained color blocks, ink drips and marks that I just love. With the plate for my canvas I painted this large black bird with gloss enamel. It is one of my largest birds ever. Enjoy.

Day 195. Meditation Bird

11 Jul

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Over the weekend, I stopped at a garage sale around the corner from our home. Strange enough, I found some inspiration. For just a dollar, I found this cool little wood frame of sand for meditation. I just got the chance to take out my garage sale treasure and decided it would be perfect for today’s Bird-A-Day art. Adding two stones from our backyard bird bath, I drew this sandy white crane. This meditation box bird now sits next to our studio sofa. And it really is relaxing. Enjoy.

Day 194. Pastel Post Bird

10 Jul

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It was time to get out my sketch book again. This time I had discovered this exotic bird unlike anything I had seen before. It was such a unique species that it inspired me to get out my sketch book and colored pencils. After I was finished drawing today’s Bird-A-Day art, it felt like it needed something. That’s when I had the idea to add the pastel post for it to sit on. Enjoy.

Day 193. Sushi Bird

9 Jul

My sweetheart is coming home today, after visiting family in Maryland the past week. It feels like she’s been gone a year. I can’t wait to pick her up at the airport today. When she get’s home, I have one of her favorite meals waiting. Today’s Bird-A-Day art is inspired by my sweetie. Who is sweet on sushi. Enjoy.

Day 192. Ketchup Packet Bird

8 Jul

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Saturday, I stopped at my local Sonic Drive-In, for a late lunch just before my haircut appointment. Along with my order of the Sonic cheese burger and fries they gave me these tiny packets of ketchup. Now I always have bad luck tearing those little packets open. Is it just me? Maybe I should give up on even trying, since I always just make a tiny mess – trying to open these tiny things. Such as today’s Bird-A-Day art. Sans French Fries. Enjoy.

Day 191. Toilet Paper Bird

7 Jul

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“And now for something completely different.” One of my favorite lines from the old British sketch comedy series, Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Where the inspiration for today’s Bird-A-Day art came from, I haven’t a clue. But hey, talk about a cheap alternative for artist canvas. I’m really on a roll now.

Day 190. Lays Chips Bird

6 Jul

 

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I recently starting buying the family pack of small individual bags of chips as part of my daily lunch. It had been many years since I had chips with lunch. And that just made eating a bag of Lays original chips all the more special. Special enough to inspire today’s Bird-A-Day art. Enjoy.

Day 189. Sketch Pad Bird

5 Jul

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Yesterday was a nice break in the middle of the week. I had a little time to sit down with my sketch pad and play. After piddling with watercolor a while, I went to the back yard and found this small broken tree branch. And that branch inspired today’s Bird-A-Day art. Enjoy.

Day 188. Independence Day Bird

4 Jul

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Today is the 4th of July. As an artist celebrating this great nation, I am most proud of the freedoms we all enjoy. The freedom to express ourselves as artists is an American right that I celebrate every day of the year. And for me, the eagle is the only bird that captures the power and freedom of our amazing country. Today’s Bird-A-Day art is inspired by everything that is right and good about America. God bless America.

Day 187. Well-Read Bird

3 Jul

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Yesterday’s Novel Bird, got me thinking about all the books in our home library. Most of them, read by my sweetheart. She is an avid reader. I am more of the non-fiction reader. My books usually cover two subjects, graphic design or investing in the stock market. The exception being a great mystery novel, like the “Pelican” Brief. And so our hallway library inspired today’s Bird-A-Day art. Which in today’s e-book world, places this fella clearly on the endangered species list.

Day 186. Novel Bird

2 Jul

Reading a book this weekend, I was suddenly caught up in the twist to the mystery when inspiration struck. So after turning the chapter, I took a minute to stop and create today’s Bird-A-Day Art. This sea-side mystery is really coming to life in more than one way. Enjoy.

Day 185. Blue Man Group Bird

1 Jul

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What a blast it was last night at the Fort Worth Bass Performance Hall. My wife and I had the fortune of seeing the Blue Man Group, without ever leaving town. They are one of the most creative, innovative, entertaining performing artists in the world. It had been years since I first saw them in Vegas and this current show was just as fresh with new twists on social media and the mobile revolution. I had forgotten how funny they were. They say so much with just their body language. They inspired me to get out some blue paint and drum sticks too re-enact a note of their splattered, percussion performance. They really should warn people to “not try this at home.” The kitchen will never be the same. Enjoy.

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