Now I’ve See’d Everything!

Peckasso has been at it again!

Last week, while sitting on the porch, we observed a new sculpture on the bird seed podium. What we saw was both amazing and a bit puzzling. We walked out to investigate. It was obvious at first, that it was a non-indigenous species to Todd’s Backyard- a toucan… which would be odd since all of the previous sculptural work has been inspired by the immediate desert environment! Was Peckasso going in a different artistic direction? (If you haven’t read any of the Peckasso Blogs, check it out to see the previous works created by the artistic bird collaborative we call ‘Peckasso’).

PeckassoHummer

But, as we stood and admired this new creation, we noticed that the trees were abuzz around the yard…it’s that time of year…hummingbird migration! Of course!!! This was NOT a toucan, but an ambitious attempt at a hummingbird!

Ok, ok…it probably resembles a toucan a little more than a hummingbird. But hey, come on, Peckasso partook in a particularly perilous project to produce and be publicly presented…so we can’t be too picky ūüėČ

Peckassoatwork“What do you ex-pecked?”

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Todd’s Backyard goes to New York!

Well… our blogging has been a little sporadic the last few months.Todd’s Backyard has been under construction. Not so much the yard itself… I mean, Todd always has a project or two going on. But this has been another kind of construction.I’ve been creating my own version of Todd’s Backyard… in art.

It so happened that in the process of building my own design business, along with photographing all the treasures of Todd’s Backyard, I realized that we have collected a wealth of images! Images that I can turn into commercial designs! I have developed a process of digital painting where I can take photos and literally turn them into paintings. Then I combine these images with graphic elements and patterned textures to create marketable designs that would be suitable for ¬†stationery/gift products.

I created another more whimsical version….Not from photos, but straight out of my crazy mind…a different style that might appeal to a little different market…

Thanks to all of my professional connections,I have managed to ¬†find two agents who will represent this artwork…one out of LA and one in New Jersey. They will be taking these designs to New York for the National Gift and Stationery show this week! Who knows….maybe you will see these designs on journals, notecards, gift bags, etc!

If this happens, it would be a great tribute to all the tender loving care Todd has put into his yard to create an incredible living masterpiece! Thank you Todd for your inspiration!

Crazy?‚Ķ Creepy?‚Ķ or Just Amazing?

Ok….this is getting kind of weird. Every birdseed block Todd has put out over the past year has been pecked, nibbled, and munched to create amazing formations that visually resemble something in the surrounding area. I have dubbed this phenomenon as ‘Peckasso’- a collaborative artistic effort of the local birds.

This amazing process caught our attention, when we saw this…

A prickly pear cactus?

Next, this was pretty cool:

Looks like a bunny to me…

Todd put two blocks out a couple of months ago about the same time. We paid close attention to the development of the artwork …was it just coincidence, or did the birds really have something goin’ on?

One block¬† quickly took form…

Obviously a bird- perhaps a dove, or a quail with a baby?

The morning that we discovered this work, we checked the other block to see what progress was made there. But, at that time, there seemed to be little vision to Peckasso’s creation on the other side of the yard.

We didn’t think about it again until Todd stumbled on this the other day…

Does anyone else see what we see?

This block is located just outside the Tortoise garden. Hmmmmm????

The Torta Lisa

Our lovely tortoise girl has become one of the family. Although, we have not been able to settle on a name, ( Todd calls her Gerti, Donna calls her Daisy, Mom calles her Torti), I call her Torta Lisa. It fits, as she is beautiful and she always has this mischievous little smile!

Or perhaps she’s just pissed off!

She really shouldn’t be!…Todd’s built her a spacious tort-house with designer touches and beautiful tortoise-friendly landscaping…She seems to find it very agreeable as she is spending a lot of time there!

She has a lush yard of grass and clover for grazing. We’ve found that her very favorite treat is prickly pear fruit. Lucky for her, it’s just starting to ripen, so she will be able to get her fill, before she hibernates.

Plus, the prickly pear provide a soothing facial treatment, perfect for her delicate complexion!

She finds her way in the house about every other day, where she does laps around the kitchen and living room. Torta-L is committed to keeping in shape! Although, she sometimes finds a comfy place to take a little nap from time to time…

Her obvious vanity rears its head when she constantly flirts with her admirers as she makes her rounds!

For Baily, it’s a severe case of puppy love!

But how could anyone not love her! She may be a little vain, but she is funny, friendly and well-mannered…(Well, she did potty in the living room once!) But, luckily, her shit doesn’t stink! (Lulu obviously doesn’t think so either, since she likes to eat it!) (Gag!!!) Bad Lulu! Maybe it’s just a jealousy/girly thing?

But, we really do love having Torta (gerti-daisy-torti) Lisa as part of our family. We will miss her, for a few months, when she goes into hibernation this fall. I’ve got some great pics though, so we can gaze into her lovely face from time to time, when we are pining for her!

‘The Torta Lisa’…Classic!

A Peckasso Masterpiece…Exhibit #2

Yes, it’s true…Peckasso does live in Todd’s Backyard! And, has created, yet, another breathtaking sculptural masterpiece! It has given ‘cubism’ a whole new meaning!

Luckily, I was able to document the entire creative process, cooperative spirit and hard physical work which went into the creation of this fascinating organic installation piece.

It all started with a cube (of birdseed).

Phase 1 completed….week #1

Intriguing! As you can see, the composition had developed into a harmonious pattern of crevices with a deep appreciation for the material being used.

Over the next weeks, we continued to spy on the artists, intent on their creative pursuit…

Curiouser and curiouser… As we watched the work in progress, we were filled with questions and anticipation….what would the final piece be?…What could the genius behind this collective masterpiece have in mind?

After a few more weeks, we could see distinct progress…

The graceful curving lines flowed effortlessly, to create visual interest and kindle a strong emotional twinge….but, what is it?¬† At this point it was still uncertain, but taking shape very nicely!

The excitement mounted as the work got closer to its completion. The creative energy was palpable. More and more ‘artists’ joined the effort….

It has been about a month since the work started.

We have watched Peckasso laboring over this monumental work every morning and every afternoon. Finally, this morning, I thought I would go check on the progress. Surely it was close to completion! And, alas….it was!…. Todd will be so excited to see it when he comes home from work!

Dove in Contemplation

It’s so lovely to share a yard with birds of im-peckable taste!

See the post on 5/3/2010: Peckasso Lives in Todd’s Backyard to see previous works of ahhh!

Peckasso lives in Todd’s Backyard

Those little peckers have some talent!

Todd decided to put a seed block out for the birds. He thought it might cut down on the massive $$$ we spend on bird food every month….I think the birds eat better than we do! ¬† The seed block was a big hit with the local quail, thrashers, cardinals, woodpeckers and other assorted birds that come to feast in Todd’s Backyard. Little did we know, that the birds like to play with their food….In a very creative way!

"Translation and Transformation"“Translation in Transformation”

We thought this was pretty cool!……

Until we saw the next one!…..

"Rabbit in Repose"“Rabbit in Repose”

I can’t wait to see what they do with the next block!