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New Years Eve. Wine Cork Bird

31 Dec

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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.

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

ART BOOK
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 362. Doodle Blue Bird

27 Dec

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FIVE DAYS LEFT!
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 361. Windshield Bird

26 Dec

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The big surprise snow fall on Christmas day, transformed my black Mazda into a giant snowball. The temperature is a mere 23 degrees as I freeze my finger to draw today’s Bird-A-Day art. Like a white swan, the snow has transformed everything around into something beautiful. Something magical. Enjoy.

Day 359. Sparkling Garland Bird

24 Dec

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Today is Christmas Eve. And just 7 days left in my Bird-A-Day art project. It is our family tradition to open one gift on Christmas eve and then open all the remaining gifts on Christmas day. And even though my childhood days are far behind me, Christmas eve has a magical way of bringing out my inner child. And my inner child wants to get its’ hands on some sparkling gifts. Enjoy.

Day 358. Cherry Chocolates Bird

23 Dec

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Queen Anne, Cordial Cheeries, milk chocolates have been a part of my Christmas since before the time of Aluminum Christmas trees with color wheels. And that’s a long time. My mother would always top off an evening of gift giving for all us kids, with a box of these decadent, mounds of pounds for each and every one of us. We felt like kings and queens. I grew up thinking all Kings had upset stomachs from eating their cheery chocolates too fast. My sister, Jane has for many years now, kept this mouth-watering tradition alive. And last night after our Dickerson family Christmas, Jane made certain that Allie and I didn’t leave the party without our little red boxes. Thank you Jane for being so faithful to this family tradition. While we might pretend it’s not something grown-ups care for anymore – truth is, one bite of those cherry chocolates takes us right back to the best childhood memories any child or adult could wish for. Merry Christmas.

Day 350. Holiday Berry Bird

15 Dec

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For me, it feels like the Holiday spirit is building momentum, as we get another day closer to Christmas. Today’s Bird-A-Day art was inspired by some decorative berries that we had taken out of storage. These colorful jewels of the season will be making their way on top of the fire place. Enjoy.

 

Day 319. Wood Pastel Bird

14 Nov

Here is a piece of scrap wood from the art studio that had been used as a tool or support for a number of random art projects. As a result it ended up having what I like to describe as textural character. And that inspired today’s Bird-A-Day art. So I took out my box of pastels and quickly dashed away here and there until I had a bird. 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 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 312. BEHR Bird

7 Nov

Back by popular demand, (by my sweetie,) I have revisited a favorite small alternative canvas. This BEHR paint chip from Home Depot made for an interesting sketch pad. Today’s Bird-A-Day art was happy to find some strong lines to land on. Enjoy.

Day 299. Ajax Clean Bird

25 Oct

I felt rather guilty about yesterday’s Dust Bird, and felt compelled to do some cleaning. So it was quite by accident that when I sprinkled some Ajax Cleaner on this cabinet top to scrub it clean, that I found today’s Bird-A-Day art. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 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 286. Padding Bird

12 Oct

I had some left over carpet padding from an earlier experiment and wanted to try something else. I love the colors and subtle pattern of what is the backing of carpet padding from my local Home Depot. I guess that makes this a DIY Bird-A-Day art. enjoy.

Day 241. Paper Clips Bird

30 Aug

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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 240. Particle Wood Bird

29 Aug

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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 239. Sketch Board Bird

28 Aug

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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 236. Kitchen Counter Bird

25 Aug

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Still celebrating our beautiful new kitchen counter top, I thought it would make a perfect setting for a fly over. After the installation, it was obvious to me that this new counter will become a favorite backdrop. And so today’s Bird-A-Day art, created from playing with watercolors, enjoys a smooth glide across this glistening new surface. Enjoy.

Day 236. Wood Knot Bird

21 Aug

 

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Finding birds hidden within patterns and objects has become a personal past-time of mine this year. This piece of lumber was sitting in our garage, until I decided to make a really big knot on the side, into today’s Bird-A-Day art. With my handy wood stain marker, it didn’t take much at all to set this little guy free. Is it just me, or does he appear to be floating around in a wood pond. Enjoy.

 

Day 232. String Bird

17 Aug

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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 229. Mortar Bird

14 Aug

 

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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 226. DSW Shoe Bag Bird

11 Aug

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After drawing on the inside of my shopping bag for day 221, earlier in the week, I still had one half a bag left over. And its a really cool bag. So I took part of the front side of the DSW warehouse shoe bag with the black stripes and cut out today’s Bird-A-Day art. The bird itself was based on a favorite painting from my sweetie. She painted a group of crows several years ago that is still one of my favorite pieces. I like it so much that her painting is the screen saver on my iPhone. I never get tired of seeing it all day, every time I turn on my phone. Today’s bird is just another way to say how much I love my sweethearts’ painting. Allie is my biggest inspiration.

Day 204. Crepe Myrtle Bird

20 Jul

 

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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 201. Caterpillar Leaf Bird

17 Jul

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While taking out the trash, I noticed some of our plants along the driveway have been added to the menu of some uninvited guests. But as I looked closer at the damaged leaves, it seems that my blog has been picked up by the insect blogging community. Right in front of me as clear as day, is today’s Bird-A-Day art, submitted by the local – caterpillar. Enjoy.

Day 196. Metal Motherwell Bird

12 Jul

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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 195. Meditation Bird

11 Jul

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Over the weekend, I stopped at a garage sale around the corner from our home. Strange enough, I found some inspiration. For just a dollar, I found this cool little wood frame of sand for meditation. I just got the chance to take out my garage sale treasure and decided it would be perfect for today’s Bird-A-Day art. Adding two stones from our backyard bird bath, I drew this sandy white crane. This meditation box bird now sits next to our studio sofa. And it really is relaxing. Enjoy.

Day 189. Sketch Pad Bird

5 Jul

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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 103. Garage Peg Board Bird

11 Apr

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Today’s Bird-A-Day art might need a bit more visualization effort than usual. While moving tools in my garage, these “peg hooks” caught my eye. At some point, I realized that there was a bird wanting to be found. And so with the head strong determination of a handyman I kept shuffling these peg hooks around, until I found it. Can you? Enjoy.

Day 99. Paper Pop-Up Bird

7 Apr

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Gliding across a silvery lake of pulp, today’s little pop-up swan was inspired by my wife. She had suggested the idea of a pop-up bird. And so after a little experimentation with different bird shapes and papers, I was pretty happy with today’s Bird-A-Day art. Enjoy.

Day 98. Melted Crayon Bird

6 Apr

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Crayons are not exactly the first art medium that comes to mind for most contemporary artist. But luckily, I’m not a contemporary artist. I’m just a guy having fun being creative. And my only rule is no rules. After coloring outside the lines for a while, today’s warm weather gave me an idea. So I did something that would have – without a doubt – got me sent home early from school, when I was a kid. I melted my crayons! Oh the humanity. Oh the smell. Oh the fun.

Day 75. Bradford Pear Tree Bird

15 Mar

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This is a magical time of year for me. One of my favorite ornamental trees is in full bloom now. Last night as my wife and I walked our dog Maddie, we stopped and picked off a handful of blooms from a row of Ornamental Bradford Pear Trees, lining the street. I just love how these small white flowers transform a tree into an enormous bouquet. But just like girl scout cookies, as soon as they make their annual appearance, they quickly vanish. This year, I determined these Pear Tree blooms will last longer. If only on my blog. Enjoy.

Day 74. Paint Chip Bird

14 Mar

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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 59. Clean Up Bird

28 Feb

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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

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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.

PLEASE VOTE!

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

Day 33. On The Fence Bird

2 Feb

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With politics in the air a bird “on the fence” just had to happen. See I couldn’t decide what bird to make today. I had one art idea that I might call more liberal and then another rather conservative art idea and well, I just could not make up my mind. So instead, I took some bleach and created today’s Bird-A-Day art. Now, what you can’t see in this photograph is that my fence is actually leaning a little. But I’m not going to say which direction. That’s better left to other blogs. Did I just say left? Keep this bird in mind when its time to vote – for your favorite bird of the week on Monday.

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.

Vote Now!

16 Jan

Another week of art and time to vote for your favorite Bird-a-day art from this past week. So please leave a comment or just say “My Favorite,” for your one pick out of birds numbered 8 through 14.

My plans are to combine the top blog favorites of each week at the end of this year and put together a top 52 birds for a special final art blog project.

Thanks so much for being part of this art project.

16. Large Mouth Fish Bird

16 Jan

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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

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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

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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

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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.

6. Paper Clip Bird

6 Jan

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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.

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