Archive | October, 2012

Day 305. Halloween Bird

31 Oct

Let the trick or treating begin! One of the first traditions my sweetie and I made together as a couple, was handing out candy to kids on Halloween. Every year, we sit on our front porch and greet throngs of kids, dressed in the most adorable and creative costumes. I remember one very young super hero, with padded muscles around his chest and arms. I told him he looked really strong. He turned around, looked sadly at me and said, “there not my muscles. It’s just a costume”. Kids. They are so wonderful. Enjoy.

Day 304. Spider Bird

30 Oct

Another scary day closer to Halloween on this eve of trick or treating. And what can be more eerie than spiders. One should never trust anyone who says they are not scared of spiders. Those little crawlers give me the creeps. Luckily for me, I was able to trick all these spiders into creating today’s Bird-A-Day art without getting bit. Hmm, strange, there’s something moving in … in my hair….. Oh nooo…

Day 303. Pumpkin Bird

29 Oct

It is Halloween week, a time for many long-held traditions. Great traditions like pumpkin carving and debating whether pumpkins are fruits or vegetables. That time of the year to let your skeletons out of the closet. Leave the cobwebs up in the corners. And start to stock pile miniature sized versions of your favorite candies like they were survival food before the fiscal cliff brings our economy to a screeching, scary halt. Truth be told, it’s one of my favorite holidays. Mostly because it lets me stock up on sweets. For the kids. Enjoy.

Day 302. Granite Bird

28 Oct

Always looking for unusual drawing surfaces, this might be the most expensive. On the back side of this large piece of granite, I discovered a toothy, rough canvas like surface. The downside to using granite for canvas, if you happen to let it slip out of your hands, like me, you will walk like injured Cowboy Linebacker Sean Lee. Ouch. Enjoy.

Day 301. Pirate Bird

27 Oct

Arrrrrrrrg. We had a fun time last night at our first Halloween Costume Party of the year. Our friend Jennifer Henderson (J.O.) knows how to throw a party. They transformed their offices into a hall of tricks and treats. My sweetie would have turned Captain Jack Sparrow, (hmmm Sparrow) into a fan with her pirates costume. Afterwards, I was inspired to use her Pirate bandanna for today’s Bird-A-Day Arrrrrrrrrrt. Enjoy.

Day 300. Putter Bird

26 Oct

Today marks a milestone for my blog. This is now day 300 of my 365 day art blog project. It feels like I have finally made it onto the green of my personal challenge. Today’s Bird-A-Day art was inspired after a meeting yesterday in the room we call “Under Pressure.” There were two golf putters leaning against the wall, just begging to become the legs of some exotic, rare white board bird. Enjoy.

Day 299. Ajax Clean Bird

25 Oct

I felt rather guilty about yesterday’s Dust Bird, and felt compelled to do some cleaning. So it was quite by accident that when I sprinkled some Ajax Cleaner on this cabinet top to scrub it clean, that I found today’s Bird-A-Day art. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Enjoy.


Day 298. Dust Bird

24 Oct

It’s down right startling how much dust can collect on something over time. The lesson here kids – always keep moving. This piece of furniture is stored in our garage, waiting for our next big garage sale. As the afternoon light came streaming into the garage, I saw the dust and thought, “wow, I need to clean that sofa”. No, actually I didn’t think that at all. And I know that’s wrong. Instead I thought, hey there’s a good spot for today’s Bird-A-Day art. Enjoy.

Day 297. Crushed Pecan Bird

23 Oct

The crunching sound was a familiar one. The winds have blown so many pecans down onto our yard and driveway of late that it’s almost impossible to not step on one. But this time, I actually looked down and was glad that I did. Today’s Bird-A-Day art will never make its way into a pecan pie, but it’s still pretty sweet. Enjoy.

Day 296. Inner Tube Bird

22 Oct

Closing in on the big 300 this week. Today is day 296 of my year-long art project. I made a new years resolution in January of 2012 to create a new piece of art every single day this year. A one-of-a-kind personal challenge, every artist should try once. Today’s Bird-A-Day art was inspired by an inner tube we had bought as an art prop for my sweetheart. It has been in the art studio for a while now and it just hit me, what if I create birds circling the inner tube. And what would happen if I were to spin that tire? Would it look like my bird was flying? Check out my new video on my YouTube channel to find out.

DOh! Appears it was user error. I have changed the video settings to public.



Day 295. Football Field Bird

21 Oct

After watching some great college football on Saturday, I am looking forward to watching some NFL football today. Our TCU Hornfrogs almost pulled off a miracle win yesterday, but lost in a third overtime. Today’s Bird-A-Day art marks the drama and joy of football season. Amazing how they will sell field spray to anyone. Enjoy.

Day 294. Monopoly House Bird

20 Oct

You could say I was playing around – with today’s Bird-A-Day art. My inspiration came from one of my favorite games, Monopoly. On second thought, it’s not really one of my favorites, since I have yet to win a single game of Monopoly – ever! And that’s a long time. But like a glass-half fool optimist, I just keep thinking – this time. This time I will win. Not. Why do I suddenly feel like Charlie Brown. Enjoy.

Day 293. Pen Looping Bird

19 Oct

As a professional graphic designer, I know that coated papers are not very friendly to write on with a pen. That’s why stationery is always printed on uncoated paper. But what I liked in this exploration was the very effect that I try so hard to avoid – as a graphic designer. This blue paint chip is coated, and so while I was drawing, my pen lines slowly dissolved right before my eyes. Even though I just finished the drawing, the paper gives my Bird-A-Day art a unique aged quality. Fun. Enjoy.

Day 292. Paint Daubs Bird

18 Oct

Last night after work, I visited my sweetie’s MFA studio at TCU. Her latest series, easily the best work she has ever done. Which is saying a lot. Before leaving, I was inspired by the colorful top of one metal cabinet, covered by many years of random paint daubs by art students. A sort of collective performance art piece. Well, I just couldn’t resist. Enjoy.

Day 291. Continuous Line Bird

17 Oct

This was a fun exercise. The idea was to put my pen down to start a line and then draw with a single, continuous line – without ever lifting my pen. If you look close you’ll see my pen started at the bird’s-eye and ended at the top of the leg. Not as easy as it looks. This took me a number of failed attempts of twisted, lifeless illustrations before I landed on today’s Bird-A-Day art. Enjoy.

Day 290. Blue Sky Chip Bird

16 Oct

Glidden has hundreds of paint colors to personalize your nest. Ironically, it turns out they offer a paint color called “Clear Blue Sky”. And we know what really likes clear blue skies. I couldn’t let this chip slip by me. So I – painted the paint chip. Enjoy.

Day 289. River Rocks Bird

15 Oct

This weekend I wanted to get some fresh air and exercise so I went down to the Trinity River. Inspiration for today’s Bird-A-Day art came from seeing some rocks in the shallow areas of the river, near the shoreline. And I certainly got some exercise. It took me a while to move these large white rocks into the river to create today’s waterfowl. If you don’t see it at first, look near the shoreline at the lower part of the photograph. I took this picture at the top of the hill, about 25 yards away. This bird will be perched along the shoreline for a long time. Enjoy.

Day 288. Pecans Bird

14 Oct

Inspiration for today’s Bird-A-Day art came right out of the blue. More specifically, it hit me on top of my head in our backyard. Pecans were raining down on me, thanks to strong winds shaking our Pecan tree like a rag doll. Until today, I had not noticed that our backyard was literally blanketed with pecans. Our dog Maddie had given me little hints but I had failed to notice. The last couple weeks, she had turned into a Nutcracker, leaving pecan shells scattered on the back porch. It’s only now, I realize she has been living it up, walking around in her own All-You-Can-Eat pecan buffet. Enjoy.

Day 287. Egg Bird

13 Oct

Saturday breakfast is served. Today I scrambled two eggs – or should I say, sculptured with scramble eggs. No doubt there is an artist somewhere in the world, this very weekend, preparing for an art show with original egg art, but for me this was new. And more importantly, it was very tasty. Especially with a side of Joe T. Garcia Salsa. Enjoy.

Day 286. Padding Bird

12 Oct

I had some left over carpet padding from an earlier experiment and wanted to try something else. I love the colors and subtle pattern of what is the backing of carpet padding from my local Home Depot. I guess that makes this a DIY Bird-A-Day art. enjoy.

Day 285. Cotton Ball Bird

11 Oct

From hard, cold steel to soft cotton balls. That’s just how I like to roll. On a trip to the medicine cabinet I came across a big bag of cotton balls. It’s amazing how many years a bag of cotton balls can last. Almost as long as a big box of Q-tips. Enjoy.

Day 284. Rust Enamel Bird

10 Oct

Revisiting rusting steel but with a new twist. This time around I just left the steel out in the rain and weather long enough to get a good coating of mother nature. Then, taking very shiny, enamel paint I brushed over the steel allowing only my Bird-A-Day art – to hum. Enjoy.

Day 283. Flea Market Bird

9 Oct

Last week on our vacation, we visited an interesting arts flea market. My sweetie found some beautiful stones she used to make a one of a kind necklace. And just before leaving the market, I came across this bright assortment of colorful small stones that inspired today’s Bird-A-Day art. Enjoy.

Day 282. Sink Soap Bird

8 Oct

Always cleaning, that’s me. Not. Yesterday, I went with my sweetheart to pick up some new panels from her MFA studio. And while wandering around the classroom, I accidentally got some paint on me. Paint is attracted to me like metal to a magnet. Paint can find my clothes from 100 yards away. It’s a gift really. So while washing my hands in the class room sink I noticed the liquid soap spilled out into a favorite shape. Just having some clean fun. Enjoy.

Day 281. Domino Bird

7 Oct

Here is a game that has gone the way of the Dodo bird. As a kid, I remember my parents playing the game of dominoes. They tried to teach me once but it never stuck. Gaming in general, has never been one of my favorite past times. Today there is an APP – for playing dominoes. What’s that all about? If my dad was still alive today, I could imagine him staring at the phone – shaking his head. Enjoy.

Day 280. Color Theory Bird

6 Oct

Today was an experiment with a color theory. This particular theory says that saturated colors are brighter and more vivid, when next to muted, neutral colors. So I used my watercolors and painted with warm, pure hues next to a dark gray background. The theory works. As today’s Bird-A-Day art is brighter because of the surrounding neutral color background. Enjoy.

Day 279. Word Bird

5 Oct

My first day back from vacation and inspiration strikes at work. Looking across the office, an explosion of magnetic words on this metal cabinet was calling out to me – spell bird! Thanks for indulging me Mr. Zumwalt. Enjoy.

Day 278. Backboard Bird

4 Oct

Using left over things for art is a favorite habit of mine. Today, when I was about to trash a scratch board that was used as an experiment, the backside of it looked appealing to me. Funny, but the backside of the scratch board was a wonderful drawing surface. Enjoy.

Day 275. Studio Cabinet Bird

3 Oct

Years of paint drips off the side of this metal cabinet in the art studio, inspired today’s Bird-A-Day art. The background for my chalk drawing created the look of a freeze-frame out of a video. And the soft edge of the chalk drawing after rubbing it with my fingers, added even more motion to this very still image. Enjoy.

Day 274. Tumbleweed Bird

2 Oct

When I was just a kid, grandma Edna, would often refer to me as a tumbleweed. Almost like a nickname. Mostly because I would roll through the kitchen leaving a mess behind. I’ve never heard anyone else use the word tumbleweed since childhood. So when I saw this broken off remnant from a tumbleweed, rolling across the highway it felt nostalgic. Right after I took this photo, a gust of wind came and it flew away. Enjoy.

Day 273. White Rock Bird

1 Oct

On a scenic drive into the mountains yesterday, we came upon a spot called White Rock. While strolling along the top of these white rocks my sweetie spotted this little guy running out from under a boulder. Enjoy.

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