Tag Archives: Visual Arts

Day 314. Pencil Scratch Bird

9 Nov

This was a complete accident. I dumped out shavings from a pencil sharpener and a bit of broken lead landed here and there. When I used my hand to clear away the shavings, bits of lead started making scratch like marks on the paper. Those slight scratches inspired today’s Bird-A-Day art. 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 257. Pencil Sharpener Bird

15 Sep

Friday, I was actually doodling at work for a job. Imagine how fun that is for me. I love doodling. After a while I needed to sharpen my pencil and not having a pencil sharpener at my desk, I went on a search for one. Then finding a glorious, electric-powered pencil sharpener at the front desk, today’s Bird-A-Day art was born. One peek into the sharpener’s tray – filled with shavings and it was obvious this was one popular office tool. Enjoy.

Day 250. Paint Drips Bird

8 Sep

Inside the TCU art studio of my sweetie, is a large wood cabinet that she can sit materials on. This old cabinet has supported artist at TCU far longer than most professors there. As I was standing in her studio admiring her latest work, I looked down at the top of this wood cabinet and saw some interesting marks and paint drips. Taking an empty photo slide that I found in the room, I decided to call attention to one particular drip of paint that was just starting to hum. Enjoy.

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 246. Steel Marker Bird

4 Sep

Drawing on the steel surface as my inspiration, I took my China Marker to draw today’s Bird-A-Day art. The surface of the metal is remarkable as a sketch pad. The China Marker just glides across it. And the reflective surface adds all the ambient depth that I find so intriguing about steel.  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. Sketch Board Bird

28 Aug


A large, well-used, artist sketch board, inspired today’s Bird-A-Day art. You might guess where I found this goody, based on the last couple days. I just loved the years of remnant sketches and paintings on this Masonite board, forming an abstract environment for today’s bird. 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.

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 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.

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