Tag Archives: mixed media

Day 365. Matisse Bird

30 Dec



While this is in fact bird 365, my blog project is not quite over. Because 2012 is a leap year, I still have one last bird tomorrow. And I already know what it will be. Let’s just say a toast will be in order for my final bird.

Today’s Bird-A-Day art was inspired by a piece of fabric in the closet. The pattern reminded me of one of my favorite artists, Matisse. Many of the patterns in fabric today are heavily influenced by the work of this Fauve and modern art master. So I decided to use the fabric from our closet as my starting point. I painted a coat of Medium Gel on a piece of masonite board, then pressed a swatch of the fabric across the board. Within a few hours, I was able to tear off the fabric, leaving this wonderful pattern transferred onto my masonite canvas. While I liked the tone of the board, I wanted a more Matisse feel, and that meant adding some color. One of his favorite colors was a bright blue. Enjoy.

Day 362. Doodle Blue Bird

27 Dec


I could say the year has flown by, but it really has felt like a year-long project. And yet, here with only a few days remaining in my New Years’ resolution, I am just as excited about this Bird-A-Day art project, as when I started on January 1st. I still wake up without a clue what I will create. I still look around for inspiration and think about experimenting with something new. Today I started with a canvas that I had previously painted black but then put aside. A dead-end. So many of my bird ideas never made it to life. The idea of using a canvas for my canvas is pretty rare, if you have followed my art blog. But, instead of paint I decided to go with pastel, and just have fun doodling. Enjoy.


Day 306. Metal Monoprint Bird

1 Nov

Today’s Bird-A-Day art is an experiment on just a whim. I love monoprints, and I also love metal. So I wanted to see if I could combine two of my favorite things. Like peanut butter and jelly, this worked better than I had hoped. I took my painted plexiglass and rubbed, pressed and pounded the paint directly onto this large metal plate, creating a one-of-a-kind impression. 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 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 238. Class Table Bird

27 Aug


Today’s inspiration was found in the classroom outside my sweetie’s art studio at TCU. There is a large table that art students place all sorts of materials. And over the course of many years, these tables have gained a lot of collegiate character. I rather like these art tables a lot. Today’s Bird-A-Day art took just a couple of dashes of white chalk to let him stand up on a students’ ruler. As you can see, this bird is less than two inches in size. So I have a hunch he will go unnoticed all semester long. Enjoy.

Day 232. String Bird

17 Aug


Today’s Bird-A-Day art comes with strings attached. I found this spool of string in my art cabinet and was inspired to send birds soaring across. It reminds me of the shadows cast by birds flying above the ocean. A fond memory from a trip to California this year. I recall looking down from a high peer, watching sea gulls and pelicans skim across the ocean surface while surfers braved the cold Pacific waters. Enjoy.

Day 224. Collage Bird

9 Aug



This idea started out with me collecting random things from around the house. All that I knew was it would be fun cutting up things to make a collage bird. There was really no planning, just following my impulse and intuition. The beak of this hummingbird is a postcard of Amalfi, Italy. One of the highlights of our trip to Italy several years ago. A photo of a European brick road forms the lower part of the body, while a fan of Pantone swatches creates the tail feathers. Eventually I hit upon just the right balance of items from my personal life to create today’s Bird-A-Day art. Enjoy.


Day 222. Scrap Wood Bird

7 Aug


After ripping out our kitchen counter recently, there was some scrap wood lying around. This scrap wood hung around long enough to get my attention. Something about the colors and texture of this wood reminded me of how the earth looks from high above, while looking outside the window of an airplane. This wood was just begging for some birds to fly across. Enjoy.

Day 210. Raw Canvas Bird

26 Jul



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 204. Crepe Myrtle Bird

20 Jul



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 202. Road Tree Bird

18 Jul


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 196. Metal Motherwell Bird

12 Jul


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 155. Mixed Media Canvas Bird

1 Jun


Mixing it up again. Today’s Bird-A-Day art is a small, 8 x 10 size canvas caked in plaster and tons of paint. So much stuff on this canvas that the only kind of bird capable of breaking through it would be a woodpecker. Ironically, the surface ended up looking as though a woodpecker has taken his time searching for snacks. That is a happy accident that makes me smile. Enjoy.

Day 133. Mixed Media Bird

11 May


Here is a bird that I have worked at for a while actually. Under the painted surface are many layers of unusual mixed media, like joint compound from the hardware store. Layer upon layer, I kept experimenting with different types of paints, tools and products to create today’s Bird-A-Day art. Enjoy.

Day 128. Art Table Bird

6 May


Found art. That is the best way I can describe today’s Bird-A-Day art. I found this old table covered in years of painters drops and messes and used it as the soul of this bird art. Lately, I have been considering the idea of a series of artworks based purely on using left-over remnants from artists studios. The process of creating artwork leaves behind all sorts of wonderful, expressive, textural, mixed-media imagery. And it seems a shame not to do something to capture some of that creative, working experience as another form of art. If you would like to be part of it, let me know. It would be great fun to collaborate with others artists in this way.

Day 127. Student Chair Bird

5 May


Today’s Bird-A-Day art was inspired by TCU professor of art and Coordinator of MFA program, Jim Woodson. He has taught painting at TCU since 1974. Inspired generations of artists and made life-long friendships with everyone of them. Last night, my wife Allie and I were guest at his retirement party. It was a sweet and sad occasion. Seeing his home filled to over-flowing with friends and admirers from his iconic career at TCU. He is without a doubt, the kindest man I have ever met. He inspires everyone around him, without saying a word. He is irreplaceable. Jim Woodson is beyond a great, master painter, he is a man who forever changed the lives of thousands of artists. I know that he has changed the life of my wife, Allie Regan Dickerson, who as her mentor and teacher has elevated her art to new heights. And like many thousands of others whose life he has touched, I am forever thankful.

Day 119. Art Class Bird

27 Apr


Today’s Bird-A-Day art was inspired in my wife’s class studio, while I was waiting for her to get out of critique. I happened to find a charcoal stick left on one of the class studio tables and had a little fun to pass the time. And at the same time, it was my chance to leave a little memory as I head into the last weeks of the spring semester. Enjoy.

Day 109. Brick Bird

17 Apr


I was clearing away some old bricks from my back yard – when suddenly, I was struck with a bird idea. It hit me like a ton of bricks. I was admiring the rough surface and subtle tones of this old brick. So, rather than toss it away, I grabbed my pastels and turned this brick into my canvas for today’s Bird-A-Day art. Enjoy.

Day 105. Art Studio Bird

13 Apr


Last night around 9pm, after teaching my class at TCU, I went to visit my wife in her art studio. She was still in her MFA studio critique at the time. So I wandered about her painting classroom while I waited. I always love visiting her class and studio space. Every square foot is covered with great splatters of paints that never made it onto anyone’s canvas. The chairs, tables, cabinets, and floor are all one large mixed media piece, ready to be put on exhibit. And of course, since I suffer from the later stages of “Birds on the Brains”, I had a bird idea. So today’s Bird-A-Day art is inspired by my wife’s art studio at TCU. What a fun, creative, inspiring space. Enjoy.

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