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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 233. Tile Stamp Bird

18 Aug



Alright, this giant ink stamp pad is just too much fun. We just added tile in our kitchen, and I had bought some tile spacers for the project. However, it turned out we didn’t need them after all. Doh! But of course I kept them anyway. And I rather like how these little tile spacers look like plus signs. So I grabbed my sketch pad and started stamping away. And yes, I did get quite a bit of ink on my fingers again. But it’s just so much fun stamping that I don’t care. Enjoy.


Day 79. Fallen Leaf Bird

18 Mar


Today’s bird is a found bird. Looking down at the ground I saw this little guy and thought he needed to join my blog. My wife who is an incredible painter, thought this would make a great painting. I agree. It has the simple line quality of a Picasso drawing and elegant proportions of a Giacometti sculpture. Ironic that something so small grabbed my attention and made me smile. Enjoy.

Day 76, Aluminum Light Wire Bird

16 Mar


Today’s bird art was a happy accident. I was testing out a fun idea of block printing on aluminum instead of paper and just stumbled into today’s Bird-A-Day art. My first surprise was how much I liked the look of printing on a sheet of aluminum. But then when I laid the plate down on the floor in my studio, the lights hit the metal surface and created these beautiful wires of light. I know a gift horse when he walks up and offers me a ride. So I immediately photographed my accidental art to capture my block printed birds, sitting on a wire of light. I only hope that I can keep stumbling into more fun like this. Enjoy.

Day 74. Paint Chip Bird

14 Mar


First, I have to apologize to Home Depot for taking more than my fair share of paint chips. But you have to admit, staring at their vivid wall of paint chips really begs for some bird art. Today’s Bird-A-Day art could have been called the Glidden Paint bird. For obvious reasons. But it was really about the concept of paint chips as art. And for me the peacock seemed the ideal bird for such a beautiful range of hues. I might never paint my walls these colors but I do love this palette. Enjoy.

Day 73. Chocolate Chip Cookie Bird

13 Mar


If only you could smell this right “out-of-the-oven” goodness? Hmmm…yummy. Today’s Bird-A-Day art hit the spot after a great home cooked meal. I do have one little bitty sweet tooth. And this sweet chocolate chip bird took care of it. It tasted every bit a good as it looks. One can never get enough edible art in life. Enjoy.

Day 72. Drawer Bird

12 Mar


More inspiration from my garage. The idea for this bird art comes from finding an old drawer in my garage. It was one of the original drawers from our 1920’s Tudor home. Something left from our kitchen remodel several years ago. I had been working on an idea of cutting birds out of fall colored leaves and finding this old drawer brought it all together. I made color copies of the leaves so they would last longer and then pinned my leaf-birds inside – like a shadow box. A shadow box with some family history to it. Enjoy

Day 71. Pastel Stick Bird

11 Mar


Yesterday’s Bird was drawn from pastels, while today’s was created out of pastel sticks. Here in Texas, it has rained non-stop of late. And all this rain has inspired today’s Bird-A-Day art. One of the only birds to have any fun under these conditions. Enjoy.

Day 70. Pastel Bird

10 Mar


Today’s Bird-A-Day art is inspired by one of my favorite living contemporary artists, Harry Ally. His charcoal drawings of people are rich with many levels of depth and movement on flat surfaces. I can just sit and stare into the space inside his drawings all day long. His masterful line quality and edges mesmerize me. And so stumbling upon some of his recent work online, I got out my pastels to create today’s art. In the spirit of the great one, Harry Ally. Enjoy.

Day 69. Money Bird

9 Mar


Today is Friday and that means payday for some folks. And today’s Bird-A-Day art is inspired by cold, hard cash. Which is exactly what this Money Bird is made from. Yes, you are looking at real U.S. currency, shredded into little pieces. All for the sake of art. I’m so committed. Now before you jump to any conclusions, you should know that I came across this pile of shredded cash through honest means. I took a guided tour of the U.S. Bureau of Engraving in Fort Worth, Texas. Afterwards, in their presidential gift shop, I decided to give them my money for their old shredded money. Which now that I think about it – sounds really silly. But I got a good deal. I paid $20 dollars for $20,000 shredded dollars. I can’t explain it, but I just had to have a bag of shredded money? It just looked so cool. And it made a pretty cool bird. A cold, hard cash bird. Enjoy.

Day 68. Fork Rising Bird

8 Mar


Rummaging through my kitchen cabinet for inspiration today, I came across a box of plastic utensils. It was left over from a recent vacation trip to a Oklahoma state park. We had this great lake side cabin and planned to rough it and cook over an open fire, three times a day. And we, (as in – me) bought tons of camping, outdoors, “end of the world” canned goods and all sorts of snacks and packaged foods. But, then once we arrived at our pristine cabin site, we, (as in – me), noticed several charming, local diners. And only minutes from our doorstep? Yes! Who knew? And so – we still have this big box of unused plastic utensils. Plus a family size bag of marshmallows and a few more boxes of things. But hey whose counting? And, there could be more birds where this one came from??? Enjoy.

Day 67. Print Block Carvings Bird

7 Mar


Yesterday’s Newspaper Wire Bird was made from several different block print birds that I carved. Today’s Bird-A-Day art is inspired by what was left over – after my carving of the linoleum blocks. It was rather ironic that I sat looking at my bird carving and thought, hey those pieces of linoleum are begging to become a new bird. Enjoy.

Day 66. Newspaper Wire Bird

6 Mar


Newspapers really add to the art as a canvas. I learned that lesson a while back. And today I have combined painting with block printing on my news-canvas. I enjoyed the block printing a lot and thought about adding a little twist to it. So I created several block-cut birds and then printed them on top of my painted paper. It’s got a distinctive look to it that I like. This is something I will have to try again some day. And I am very grateful to my sweetheart for playing Vanna White with today’s Bird-A-Day art. Enjoy.

Day 65. Trash Bird

5 Mar


Trash. Beautiful trash. This weekend I cleared out some broken, worn-out or otherwise useless random stuff from our garage. The round things are from old weed-eaters that have bitten the dust. With this random stuff in hand, I decided to see what might happen – if I spray painted everything black and arranged the objects into a bird. The whole thing took hardly no time at all. There was no planning of any kind. Not the bird shape or the trash. It was just a case of an idea meeting up with a happy accident. What’s that old saying? One man’s trash is another mans’ art. Enjoy.

Day 64. Crow Bar Bird

4 Mar


Yes I went there. How did I get here? Well, someone following my blog had suggested carving a bird into soap. And I thought, well that sounds fun but there is already “Dove” soap. So what could I do that would be a twist to soap art? And then this idea of a crow carved into a bar of soap just struck me as funny. Here is my Crow Bar – for today’s Bird-A-Day art. Enjoy.

Day 63. Coffee Bird

3 Mar

Saturday morning is all about coffee. An extra-large cup for my sweetheart. I don’t drink coffee myself but I love making coffee for my wife every morning. Especially on the weekend. Today we are going with fresh ground Starbucks Pikes Place Roast. My perfect cup includes Starbucks vanilla syrup, a half packet of sweet-n-low and fat-free milk. I have this little ritual that I go through each day, trying to recreate the perfect cup of her favorite skinny, vanilla latte from Starbucks – right here at home. And to do that, I first warm the milk (30 seconds in the microwave) then add the vanilla syrup (just shy of a cap full) and the sweet-n-low. Whisk the warm milk to a thick froth with my battery-powered latte tool. Then pour in the fresh brewed hot coffee, but carefully so the cloud of milk floats to the top. The smile on my sweethearts’ face – makes my day. Especially on Saturday. Enjoy.

Day 62. Oil Spot Bird

2 Mar


When you have birds on the brain you tend to see birds where you might never have noticed them before. Such as when I was out jogging and saw today’s bird. Looking down at the road, I was aware of how the cracks and stains seemed to make shapes in my imagination. But then, this big bird shows up out of nowhere. My guess is someone’s car is running low on oil. The way that this oil dripped, splattered and then trailed slowly down the curb, made me stop in my tracks. Afraid the leaky car would return soon. I ran home a little faster than usual, grabbed my camera and took this picture of what I call a “Found Bird”. It has a beauty all its own, – in a strange, gooey, dirty, grungy sort of way. Enjoy.

Day 61. Block Print Bird

1 Mar

Block printing is something that I recently discovered. I had always wanted to try it but kept putting it off. Today’s bird is from a children’s book that I am writing and illustrating. His name is “Tippidy, Toppidy, Tippidy” and he is in my book called “Flippidy, Floppidy, Flippidy.” It’s a story of a little boy who has trouble falling asleep. And with other characters such as “Whippidy, Whoppidy, Whippidy” and “Klippidy, Kloppidy, Klippidy” you might begin to understand why going to sleep does not come easily. This boy is like me when it comes to sleeping. At bedtime, I hear every creak and pop in this old house. Is there such a thing as an extra, super-light sleeper? Enjoy.

Day 60. Constellation Leap Year Bird

29 Feb


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


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


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.


Let me know which bird art of this past week was your personal favorite Bird-A-Day art . Thanks!

Day 57. Table Carved Bird

26 Feb


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 44. Valentine Chocolates Bird

13 Feb


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 32. Leaf Bird

1 Feb


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.

Day 31. Hardware Bird

31 Jan


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 18. Rodeo Night Bird

18 Jan


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.

16. Large Mouth Fish Bird

16 Jan


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


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


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.

12. Duct Tape Bird

12 Jan


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.

10. Rainy Day Bird

9 Jan


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


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

Tasty art

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


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


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


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



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


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


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



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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