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Leaf Mulching Bird

5 Jan


A beautiful January day here in Texas. Too lovely to pass up on doing a little work outdoors so I attached the last batch of leaves on the front yard. This time, instead of bagging the piles of leaves, I just mulched them with my lawn mower. While sweeping up some of the leaf mulching that blew on the driveway, I was inspired to create this hungry guy. It only took a few minutes to sweep him into shape. You might say I was really humming. Enjoy.

New Years Eve. Wine Cork Bird

31 Dec


At long last, I sit here on New Years eve, looking back over a year of art work. One year ago I made the biggest New Years resolution – of my life. A resolution to create a piece of art, each day for one year. Something many other artists have done before me, and who inspired me to make this ambition commitment to myself. As a result, this has been one of the most rewarding years of my life. Now what?

My next goal is to keep making art, but focus more of my energy on publishing several books for children that I have already written. An equally challenging and ambitious goal. Wish me luck.

I will be creating new art, but without the one day, time constraints. And I will be creating art beyond the singular theme of birds, but still creating much more bird art. So keep an eye on your email inbox for my latest works.

I also plan to sell many of my Bird-A-Day artworks. So if you have wanted to own one of them, stay posted.

Also, look for a coffee table book, of all the art from my 365 day art blog project. Most likely it will be a Blurb book, so look for news about my Bird-A-Day art book very soon.

And with today’s Wine Cork Bird, I want to wish every one my new friends, and all my family who have supported me and followed me through out this crazy year, a happy New Year!

If you have enjoyed my art blog this year, do me a favor and tell a friend.

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 339. Clay Bird

4 Dec


My sweetie inspired this little guy. She has tried her hand at sculpting in clay recently. Watching her have so much fun, made me want to get my hands dirty. I had bought a box of modeling clay earlier in the year, but never touched it until now. It was every bit as fun as I had guessed. Enjoy.

Day 336. Sand Paper Bird

1 Dec


Subtractive art. This is one of many experiments that I will be doing with this notion of forming an image by taking away, rather than adding. In today’s Bird-A-Day art, I took a piece of sand paper and scratched away at the paint-covered table top to create my bird. It’s a different way of thinking, that is a bit like sculpting out of wood. 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 315. Broken Glass Bird

10 Nov

Last night, my sweetie and I watched the latest Denzel Washington movie, FLIGHT. Denzel is remarkable in his role as pilot of the doomed airplane in a movie that is not easy to watch. The over-riding theme of the film is the pilot’s addiction. And the ending comes with a rather ironic twist. Today’s Bird-A-Day art was created from found broken glass. A symbol of the broken life of pilot Whip Whitaker. Overall, I give FLIGHT, three tail feathers out of six.


Day 307. Blown Leaves Bird

2 Nov

Last night after getting home, I was walking to our garage when I looked down and found a surprise. The wind had blown leaves into one corner of our driveway. There at my feet, nestled in the corner was a familiar shape. I could not have planned it any better. I guess this means the season for leaf raking has officially begun. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 241. Paper Clips Bird

30 Aug


One of my favorite office tools inspired today’s Bird-A-Day art. I use these little guys every week to keep myself organized. Without them, my office desk would easily look even more cluttered than it already does. I like the simple lines of this micro sculpture. Enjoy.

Day 239. Candy Bird

24 Aug


This could have been called Sweetie Bird, or afternoon Sugar Shot Bird. Today’s Bird-A-Day art inspiration came yesterday afternoon at work. I work with incredibly generous, thoughtful co-workers. They are always sharing. One developer named John, regularly buys boxes of donuts on Friday mornings for everyone. Well, yesterday Naomi, who sits across from me, asked if I would like one of these soft, yummy candies. I said yes of course. And then asked for two more, minutes later. The third one, however, was so good, I had to share. Enjoy.

Day 238. Match Book Smoke Bird

23 Aug


Do not try this at home. I had a hot idea that I couldn’t wait to explore. What would happen if I lit a match and blew the flame to create a bird. What happened – was a few minor flesh wounds, some singed eyebrows and a smoking hot Bird-A-Day art. Could there be a bigger smoke bird in the future? Enjoy.

Day 229. Mortar Bird

14 Aug



From yesterday’s 5 foot high art, down to just a few inches. Today’s Bird-A-Day art was cut out of the mortar used to mount the new back splash in our kitchen. I like how this bird appears to be flying across a rugged landscape. Enjoy.


Day 223. Hole Punch Bird

8 Aug



Yesterday, I came across this really cool office tool at the front desk. As I am staring at all these wonderful little paper dots from this paper hole-puncher with “horsepower,” it becomes obvious to me there is a bird here. So while our office manager Liz is taking calls and our intern Chelsey is looking on with a “what’s going on here” look on her face. I made today’s Bird-A-Day art. And then promptly cleaned up my mess. After all, Liz runs a tight ship. Enjoy.


Day 218. Packing Paper Bird

3 Aug



Yesterday, I was at a photoshoot for a cabinet making company. The truck load of cabinets for the shoot, left large boxes and crates scattered across the large warehouse studio. In between setups for different product shots I walked past this particular empty box and noticed the torn packing paper. So thanks to photographer Margot Landen and her assistant Rob for adding a little something extra in the photoshoot. Enjoy.


Day 211. Melted Candle Bird

27 Jul


Quite unintentionally, I left a candle in the master bathroom burning all night long. The next morning all that was left was this big blob and streak of melted wax on the bathroom tile. At first I started to throw it away, but then noticed after breaking the pieces apart that there was a bird in that melted wax, trying to get free. Maybe it was meant to be. Enjoy.

Day 197. Grooming Clay Bird

13 Jul


Yes, I admit that I use hair product. I have a thing for Aveda Grooming Clay in particular. Well, as fate would have it, yesterday as I pushed my fingers through the last few days left in this jar, I looked down and saw this. When you have birds on the brain, you tend to see birds everywhere. Is it just me, or is there a bird in my Aveda jar? Enjoy.

Day 186. Novel Bird

2 Jul

Reading a book this weekend, I was suddenly caught up in the twist to the mystery when inspiration struck. So after turning the chapter, I took a minute to stop and create today’s Bird-A-Day Art. This sea-side mystery is really coming to life in more than one way. Enjoy.

Day 184. Bell Pepper Bird

30 Jun


Ah, Saturday at last. And Saturday breakfast! After sleeping late, my sweetie volunteered to make one of my favorites, fried potatoes. Along with diced potatoes are onions, diced ham and green bell peppers. While the sizzling sound of popping ham was coming off the stove top, I stared into this bell pepper – thinking how cool looking were all those tiny seeds inside. And that inspired today’s Bird-A-Day art. Yummy.

Day 175. Dog Leash Bird

21 Jun


Our sweet lab, Maddie loves to go for walks. And she has learned that “leash” equals walk. So when she sees us pick up her leash, she gets quite worked up. Needless to say, when I had this idea, she got very excited and thought it was my best bird idea ever. And long over due. So today’s Bird-A-Day art is dedicated to Maddie. Enjoy.

Day 173. Carpet Pad Bird

19 Jun


Walking through the hardware store, I see this giant roll of “something” that catches my eye. I ask and find out that it’s the padding they place under new carpet. And I just love it. So I talk the clerk into unraveling this mammoth roll and slicing off a couple of feet. I’m sure he thought I was an odd bird. Well, hey, I had birds on the brain. And today’s Bird-A-Day art was created using that beautiful, carpet padding. Enjoy.

Day 170. Qtips Bird

16 Jun


Today’s inspiration came in the bathroom medicine cabinet. After grabbing a couple of Qtips, the thought hit me. I like the feather like – soft, linear quality of the Qtip as an art medium. And after creating today’s Bird-A-Day art, I can hear better. Enjoy.

Day 169. Dirty Filter Bird

15 Jun

Inspiration can strike at the oddest times. Changing the AC filter in the house being one of those times. For whatever reason I felt challenged to try to make bird art from the dirty filter. And it wasn’t easy. But in the end, I found today’s Bird-A-Day art blew right through. Cool.

Day 163. Indoor Outdoor Bird

9 Jun


When I was growing up in Arizona, it seemed like every home had indoor/outdoor carpet. Maybe that’s because every house came with a pool. Swimming pools were essential to surviving the scalding summer months without a heat stroke. But kids running in and out of the house with wet feet – that couldn’t be good for any house. Coming across this sample swatch of carpet at my local hardware store, triggered memories which inspired today’s Bird-A-Day art. Remember to wipe your feet.

Day 160. Tinfoil Bird

6 Jun


A better name for today’s Bird-A-Day Art would have been “left-overs” bird. Because it was while I was unwrapping this tin-foil protected, tasty left-over that today’s bird idea popped into my bird brain. It didn’t take long for me to wrap it up. The bird art, not the left-over. Enjoy.

Day 159. Hallway Wall Bird

5 Jun


Somewhere, let’s just say in Fort Worth, some one left a lot of push pins in a long hallway. How those push pins ended up as today’s Bird-A-Day art is a real mystery. That’s my story and I’m sticking…(doh) – to it. Enjoy.

Day 157. Rooftop Bird

3 Jun


We have a gigantic pecan tree that towers over our house. After several recent storms, it was time to climb on top of the house and remove fallen tree branches and leafs. After spending time clearing away a lot of fallen debris, I was inspired to create today’s Bird-A-Day art with a few last twigs and branches. Today’s Bird Art has reached new heights. Enjoy.

Day 143. Shoe Box Bird

20 May

Today’s Bird-A-Day was inspired by shopping for shoes. After buying a new pair of shoes on Saturday, I was about to throw away the box and that paper stuffing from the new shoes – when inspiration struck. I like how the shoe box is like a shadow box. And so I took the black stuffing from my new shoes and twisted it into a black crane. The whole experience makes me want to do some more shopping. Enjoy.

Day 138. Office Wall Bird

15 May


While walking through the halls of a certain large building in Fort Worth, which will remain nameless. I happened to see a string with clips hanging on it, outside a person’s office door. Apparently, they were subconsciously wanting some bird art. And being a generous artist, I took them up on their invitation to create Today’s Bird-A-Day art. Enjoy.

Day 135. Scratch Metal Bird

13 May


After accidentally scratching a sheet of metal, I was inspired to scratch it again, on purpose. Today’s Bird-A-Day art is inspired by the way that metal shines when it gets scratched. I just happen to have a stainless steel scourer pad, left over from another art experiment, which was a perfect tool for scratching in today’s bird. I loved the thin feather like line quality of the wire scratching. This was to fun for just one bird, I will have to revisit this again later. Enjoy.

Day 96. Pillow Stuffing Bird

4 Apr


Pillow fight anyone? What to do with an old pillow found in the closet? Hmmmm. Bird! Anything that isn’t nailed down or being used – is officially fair game this year. Today’s Bird-A-Day art is made from the shredded stuffings of this old pillow. That was to fun. Now, what to do with the old pillow case? Hmmmmm.

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 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 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.

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.

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