Archive | September, 2012

Day 272. Fall Leaves Bird

30 Sep

This is without question my favorite season. I love everything about Fall. The change of temperatures, the freshness of the air, that crispness of the breeze. Today while on a long walk, I came across this wonderful fall sight. Vivid yellow leaves collected among some flagstone rocks, creating today’s Bird-A-Day art. Enjoy.

Day 271. Aspen Bird

29 Sep


Today’s Bird-A-Day art was inspired by a gorgeous Aspen tree. Looking at the dark markings on the bright white bark, it appeared to have a bird’s eye looking back at me. I took out my pastel stick and gave it some legs to stand on. I think it’s much happier now. Enjoy.


Day 270. Leaf Print Bird

28 Sep

Whenever I walk anywhere, I am always searching the ground for birds. Which is ironic since birds tend to live high above the ground. But today’s Bird-A-Day art is a perfect example. I saw how a leaf had fallen and left its imprint on this driveway. Right away, it reminded me of an exotic bird. It just needed wings to get up off that ground. Enjoy.

Day 269. Garage Speckled Bird

27 Sep


A trip to the Home Depot for AC filters inspired today’s Bird-A-Day art. On aisle 12B I accidentally stumbled upon a bag of speckles that you can sprinkle on your garage floor to give it a new clean look. Looking at this bag of beautiful gray and black speckles, I thought – bird! So today, I painted a bird on this small canvas and while the paint was still wet, I shook the bag of speckled flakes, so they only stuck to the wet paint. Ironically, this painting will now be going into storage – in the garage. Enjoy.


Day 268. Inkblot Canvas Bird

26 Sep

Relax. Take a deep breath and tell me the first thing that comes to mind. I enjoyed making an inkblot bird on paper some time back, but have always wanted to try it on canvas. Finally, today, I felt a strong urge to do just that. Wonder what that means?

Day 267. Rust Painting Bird

25 Sep

Finding birds hidden within the patterns of nature, whether it be wood, concrete or steel, is a favorite game of mine. A few days ago with Bird 258, I took a china marker to convert a small bit of rust into an owl. Well, today’s Bird-A-Day art was not completed in just a day. While I started the process in just one day, this one-of-a-kind bird required some time to mature. So I let the elements take over to finish it for me. My idea was to use nature to create today’s bird. After all, I could never paint anything as rich, subtle and beautiful as the elements of nature. The “how” – will have to be my secret for now. Enjoy.

Day 266. Journal Bird

24 Sep


With todays’ posting, I am looking at a mere 100 days left in my new years resolution to create a Bird-A-Day for the entire year. With such an important landmark day, I wanted to use my pocket journal for today’s art canvas. My favorite UniBall pen and a touch of watercolor paints, were used to create Bird 266. Enjoy.

Day 265. Bleach Bird

23 Sep

Today I traded in my oil paints for bleach. Taking a paint brush and a small cup of bleach from the laundry room, I started painting on this scrap wood. As I slowly applied the paint with my small brush, the color of the wood shifted whiter and whiter. It gave me a nice subtle glaze look while keeping the watery like grain of the wood. Enjoy.

Day 264. Latte Bird

22 Sep

Saturday morning is when I prepare an extra-large cup of coffee for my sweetie. Recently, she has added Cinnamon to her latte. And so this morning I was inspired to give a little extra twist to her favorite topping. Enjoy.

Day 263. Splatter Bird

21 Sep

This awesome paint splatter from a big blob of black paint, inspired today’s Bird-A-Day art. The blob of paint was dry and I just wanted to see what if? What would happen if I drew on it with some pastel. I like it. The surface of the paint splatter makes me wonder what else could be done. Enjoy.

Day 262. Play-Doh Bird

20 Sep

When work is play, it’s not work any more. Yesterday at the agency, we had a fun creative branding exercise with a new client. As part of our process, we encouraged a room full of attorney’s to tap into their inner child and play with some Play-Doh. They liked it. One of them asked to take two cans of Play-Doh back to their office. And ironically, I wound up making today’s Bird-A-Day art with my bright pink Play-Doh. That distinctive smell of Play-Doh triggered fond memories from childhood. Enjoy.

Day 261. Windy Bird

19 Sep

The weather is really changing here in Fort Worth, Texas. We are enjoying some cool and breezy days of late. It has felt a bit more like California the past week or so. Sans the ocean breeze. Some showers and recent winds have just finished off the last of the dry blooms from our Ornamental trees. The trusty driveway keeps collecting birds for me. Enjoy.

Day 260. Blade Bird

18 Sep

Yesterday’s bird was small. But today, I have gone super small. This could be the smallest Bird-A-Day art ever. This little blue bird was sculpted out of a drop of paint, using the well-worn cutting knife it’s perched on. I saw this random drop of dried acrylic paint near the table saw and was inspired to find the bird in it. Enjoy.

Day 259. Scratchy Bird

17 Sep


Yesterday’s bird inspired today’s Bird-A-Day art. After finding the rusty owl, I was inspired to create a scratch board illustration of an owl. As you can see in this photograph, it’s a very small bird. I rather enjoy working very large or very small. After 259 days of making a bird every single day, I am starting to get a good feel for what I like to do. Imagine that. Enjoy,


Day 258. Rust Found Bird

16 Sep

I am calling today’s Bird-A-Day art, Rust Found bird, because of how it came about. Moving through some scraps pieces of metal, I came across this one with a touch of rust along the bottom. What struck me was the rust seemed to make the shape of an owl. So I just added a couple marks with my China Marker and there was this very tiny, owl. Watching the entire time. Enjoy.

On My Own Time Art Show

15 Sep


Today, I attended the opening of a Dallas art show at the NorthPark Center, (the coolest mall in Dallas) located off Central Expressway and NorthWest Highway. I was excited to have a favorite bird from my blog be accepted into this annual art competition. This is a really terrific art show. There are a lot of great pieces of artwork from all mediums. If you have a chance, check out the art show before the end of this month, near the entrance to Macy’s on level one.

Here is a little more information about the show.

“On My Own Time” Exhibition presented by Business Council for the Arts

September 15-30, 2012

“On My Own Time” is an annual, regional art competition featuring the artistic talents of business professionals throughout North Texas.  Each year, area companies hold an in-house exhibit featuring artwork that was created outside of working hours by their employees.  This program, now in its 20th year, successfully recognizes and encourages creativity, stimulates dialogue, and builds team spirit among employees of participating companies.  The winners from each company’s competition are displayed at NorthPark Center on Level One between Macy’s and Dillard’s.


Day 257. Pencil Sharpener Bird

15 Sep

Friday, I was actually doodling at work for a job. Imagine how fun that is for me. I love doodling. After a while I needed to sharpen my pencil and not having a pencil sharpener at my desk, I went on a search for one. Then finding a glorious, electric-powered pencil sharpener at the front desk, today’s Bird-A-Day art was born. One peek into the sharpener’s tray – filled with shavings and it was obvious this was one popular office tool. Enjoy.

Day 256. Polished Concrete Bird

14 Sep

Walking down the long hall of a building with polished concrete floors, a small break in the floor caught my eye. Turning around and looking back I realized that I had just found today’s Bird-A-Day art. Isn’t life funny. What would have been funny, or awkward, would have been someone finding me, down on my knees with my iPhone, taking this photo of this small polished concrete bird. Enjoy.

Day 255. Block Print Bird

13 Sep

After work yesterday, I went to my monthly SCBWI book critique meeting. I joined a critique group earlier this year to help me with several children’s stories that I have written. I received some great feedback as always. I feel fortunate to have learned about the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators last December.  Today’s Bird-A-Day art is a Linocut for one of my children’s stories, called, Flippidy, Floppidy, Flippidy. This little guys name is Zippidy, Zoppidy, Zippidy. This posting has not be edited. Enjoy.

Day 254. Screws Bird

12 Sep

Such an easy joke is waiting for this one. But I am going to be strong and leave it alone. Today I just wanted to react to whatever I found. And what I found was a jar of screws and a plastic lid sitting loose in the art studio. Nobody was injured during the making of today’s Bird-A-Day art. Which is rare for me. Enjoy.

Day 253. Tissue Bird

11 Sep

After work, I starting rummaging through the cabinets and drawers of the house in search for today’s bird inspiration. What I finally found, was some tissue paper left from a gift bag. I just liked the fragile quality of the transparent tissue. I started off experimenting with some watercolor paints. But what I liked was unexpected. I liked the wet paper edges that started to look like a wet sheet. And that lead me to I take a wet sponge and push this interesting effect across the tissue paper. What started off in one direction, lead me to a surprise ending for today’s Bird-A-Day art. Enjoy.

Day 252. Vernon Fisher Bird

10 Sep

After visiting some wonderful art galleries this past weekend, for Gallery Night in Dallas, I felt inspired to create something big. We saw some inspiring new work at many of the galleries along Dragon Street, near downtown Dallas. Including the Holly Johnson Gallery, Conduit, Red Arrow and Craighead Green art Galleries. If you have not walked along this terrific street full of art, I recommend you put it on your must-do list. Today’s Bird-A-Day art is inspired by a Texas artist, named Vernon Fisher who likes to work with large chalk drawings on painted canvas. So on Sunday I reclaimed a very large, (6′ x 3′ 6″) old canvas with a least five previous paintings layered below the canvas surface and added my white pastel drawing. Enjoy.

Day 251. Sweat Shirt Bird

9 Sep

After a long three-mile run, I had to take a picture of my sweaty shirt to prove I did it. There is no way I was letting this bird get away. I was really flying – Not.

Day 250. Paint Drips Bird

8 Sep

Inside the TCU art studio of my sweetie, is a large wood cabinet that she can sit materials on. This old cabinet has supported artist at TCU far longer than most professors there. As I was standing in her studio admiring her latest work, I looked down at the top of this wood cabinet and saw some interesting marks and paint drips. Taking an empty photo slide that I found in the room, I decided to call attention to one particular drip of paint that was just starting to hum. Enjoy.

Day 249. Easel Bird

7 Sep

My wood easel, has bands of paint marking the history of all the different paintings attempted. And for whatever reason, as I looked at the easel, the bands of paint reminded me of landscapes. And so I felt inspired to introduce a bird into this dark horizon of old paint.

Day 248. Dryer Lint Bird

6 Sep

Yes. That is exactly what it is. Today’s Bird-A-Day art was inspired while cleaning the filter on our dryer. The one obvious thing to anyone with a little Sherlock Holmes in their blood, is the color. Think about it. This is a home of two artists. And what is the favorite color of those two artists? Bingo. Enjoy.

Day 247. Spilt Bird

5 Sep

Doh! Am I the only artist who is less than organized and that “occasionally,” accidents happen? Well, for any other artists who can also get caught up in the moment and let’s just say, dip their paint brush into coffee instead of water, or whatever. Not saying that happens – that would be crazy. I am just – saying. Today’s Bird-A-Day art is for you. Us. Enjoy.

Day 246. Steel Marker Bird

4 Sep

Drawing on the steel surface as my inspiration, I took my China Marker to draw today’s Bird-A-Day art. The surface of the metal is remarkable as a sketch pad. The China Marker just glides across it. And the reflective surface adds all the ambient depth that I find so intriguing about steel.  Enjoy.

Day 245. Table Saw Bird

3 Sep


Today’s Bird-A-Day art was inspired by a table saw. This hard-working saw has left a lot of saw dust in its’ wake. Proof that it has been busy getting things done. How cool would it be if we all had as much evidence of our hard work. Well since today happens to be Labor day, I dedicate today’s bird art to every one working hard, with or without any evidence of it. Enjoy your day off. You earned it.


Day 244. Oatmeal Bird

2 Sep

Cheerios cereal is my favorite night-time snack. I rarely if ever, have Cheerios for breakfast. There’s a bird about that fact. But I do love breakfast and today, like almost every day I enjoyed a bowl of my favorite. A nice large bowl of oatmeal. Instant Quaker Oats with brown sugar. Yum.

Day 243. Road Tar Bird

1 Sep


While taking our dog Maddie for a walk, I came across some road patches. They had put down some black tar to fill the gaps and cracks from this hot Texas summer. Perhaps one of the Fort Worth road workers is following my blog. Hey, it could happen. And if so I appreciate the gift of today’s Bird-A-Day art. Enjoy.


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