Tag Archives: Painting

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 364. Wall Shadow Bird

29 Dec


Here at the end of the year, my sweetie and I have started a refresh project of our home. We have been rearranging furniture, simplifying, and changing up things from room to room. Today’s Bird-A-Day art was inspired by the shadow being cast by an antique figure on our fireplace mantle. We’re repainting the walls in our living room and so I wanted to indulge this fortuitous moment. This guy only lasted long enough to photograph, but it was fun. Enjoy.


Day 363. Black And White Bird

28 Dec



A fallen leaf inspired today’s Bird-A-Day art. The shape of the leaf on the ground inspired me to get out my acrylic paints. But I also wanted to keep it as graphic as possible, so I decided to use only black and white paints. This guy would work well as a pattern on a pillow or comforter. 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 357. Painted Wrapping Bird

22 Dec


It was inevitable. Sooner or later I had to use Christmas wrapping paper for my canvas. I think it would work better after being mounted on another surface. But, that’s why I like to experiment on this blog. I learn new things every day. Next year, I might just put some of the things I’ve learned into practice. Happy holidays.

10 days and counting!

Day 352. Wood Chip Bird

17 Dec


Recently, an artist friend of mine, who follows this art blog, came across a very unique wood chip. When she saw it, she thought it might inspire me and so she gave it to me. Well, yes Robin, it did inspire me. This wood chip looks like it could break into song at any moment. And so I felt compelled to create a worthy image to go with this little treasure of nature. Thank you Robin. Enjoy.

Day 348. Cabinet Paint Bird

13 Dec


The paint drips, runs and accidents on the back of a cabinet in my sweetie’s studio, inspired today’s Bird-A-Day art. With it’s back to the wall, this bird will never be seen by anyone. It will be our secret. Don’t tell anyone. Enjoy.

Day 345. Rusting Scratch Bird

10 Dec


This square sheet of steel has sat outside in my yard for several months. I wanted to let mother nature create the foundation for my bird painting. It was a nice surprise to find rusty leaf shapes on my metal canvas. This time, I wanted to experiment with scratching into the metal to form my bird. After painting my burnished bird shape I found the solid white was too sterile.  So I decided to scratch into my painted bird with different materials. It was a real treat collaborating with nature on this one. Enjoy.

Day 337. Sandpaper2 Bird

2 Dec


After sanding away to create a bird yesterday, I decided to take the sandpaper itself as my canvas today. After realizing chalk and pastel will not stay on sandpaper, no matter how hard you draw into it, I decided to use paint. Does that make this a sand painting? Enjoy.

Day 326. On The Fence Bird

21 Nov

Inspired by our mighty leaders in congress who thankfully – are off on Thanksgiving holiday until whenever. Today’s bird was found sitting on the fence. It can not make a decision and so it just – sits there, with the very strong possibility of our neighbors big, hungry, gray cat coming around. Don’t tempt big, hungry gray cats. Get off the fence. I approve this posting.


Day 325. Paint Drops Bird

20 Nov

A paint covered table is merely some bird art – waiting to happen. This table top in my sweetie’s art studio became the perfect bird landing for today’s Bird-A-Day art. Enjoy.

Day 322. Gesso Plate Bird

17 Nov

How about a big serving of Gesso. My sweetie just finished preparing a couple new birch panels for her MFA show and she had tossed out the plate she used for the primer. I actually pulled this plate out of the trash bin, because I saw a bird hidden in the Gesso. It just took a little nudge to set it free. Enjoy.

Day 318. Stacked Books Bird

13 Nov

After having fun with yesterday’s book spine bird, I found inspiration on my book shelves. Three books which have absolutely nothing in common, became a challenging surface for my paints. These books can now be found in the nature section, under the heading “Bird-A-Day art”. 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 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 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 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 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 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 240. Particle Wood Bird

29 Aug



The inspiration for today’s Bird-A-Day art hit me during a meeting at work yesterday. Looking for a piece of wood, I came across this stained particle wood. It was just perfect for a bird conference. And so taking some black acrylic paint, I added this small flock of birds meeting along one wood wire. 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 228. Broom Brush Bird

13 Aug


This big bird looks the way it does, because I didn’t have a paint brushes large enough for this size wood. This great piece of scrap board is roughly 5 feet high, and I wanted to paint a large bird on it. I really didn’t have any paint brushes in my art supplies to achieve the large brush strokes that I envisioned. That’s when I found a really old trash broom that I had once used to clean out the trunk of my car. This broom turned out to be the perfect tool for creating the loose, gestural, abstract line quality of today’s Bird-A-Day art.

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 217. Olympic Rings Bird

2 Aug

Watching the Summer Olympics from London last night, I found myself jumping and shouting when the U.S. women’s swim team won the gold in the 200 meter relay. Wow! The way the anchor swimmer scorched that last 200 meters was so exciting. Immediately afterwards, I felt compelled to create an Olympic inspired bird. Grabbing a bottle cap and my watercolor paints, I had fun painting this little guy. 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 208. Acrylic Black Bird

24 Jul


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


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 200. Pattern Bird

16 Jul


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 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 189. Sketch Pad Bird

5 Jul


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 185. Blue Man Group Bird

1 Jul


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.

Day 179. Pollock Bird

25 Jun


Sunday, my wife and I watched a movie on cable, about the life of abstract expressionist, Jackson Pollock. Another tortured artist story. Why does the media continue to perpetuate the misconception that ALL artists are troubled souls. Really! Today’s Bird-A-Day art is inspired by the action painting of Pollock. It’s certainly no pollock, but it was fun squirting and dripping paints. Good luck finding the bird. 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 137. Recycled Art Bird

14 May


This is a case of recycling art, not recycled art. What I mean by that is, today’s Bird-A-Day art was formerly a lovely landscape painting. However, this old landscape never found a home and so it ended up in the “to-be-tossed” stack. These things happen. However, this old landscape painting has found a new life as part of my art blog project. As a bird. These things happen as well. And I have decided to make it my job to make these things happen – more often. 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 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 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.

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