Tuesday, October 27, 2009

My World is a World of Art

Broad-billed Hummingbird

Broad-billed hummingbirds are found in the streamside foothills, woods, and canyons of the desert southwest. With their beautiful blue and green bodies and broad red bill, they are one of the prettiest hummingbirds to be seen when you visit Arizona.


Gila monster

Gila monsters are lizards that live in the desert southwest. They are one of the only poisonous lizards in the world. However, it is not easy to get poisoned by one of these lizards since its venom sacks are in the back of its mouth and the lizard actually has to bite down and grind with its teeth to deliver the poison. Most Gila monsters will run away from you if they see you so, if you leave them alone there is relatively no danger from this beautiful creature.



Last week when I decided to paint some Halloween cards for my grandchildren and a few other kids in my life I had no idea it would take me so long! I probably spent 4 to 5 days getting all of these done and yesterday I finally got them out in the mail! I can only hope they get to their destinations in time. In the meantime, I decided to share these paintings with all of you, so, the next 5 days there will be A PUMPKIN A DAY here at the Sycamore Canyon Blog. Each painting has a creature that can be found here in Arizona and I've included a little information blurb about each one. All are done in acrylic on Bristolboard. I hope you enjoy this Halloween fun!

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14 comments:

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

What lucky kids to have a grandma like you!

Kathiesbirds said...

Thanks Lynne! I hope they think like you!

Sylvia K said...

Yes, indeed! Your grandchildren are lucky indeed! I love your cards -- you're very talented! And what fun!

Enjoy!

Sylvia

Gaelyn said...

Kathie, your Halloween cards are such a bright delight. How fun for your grandchildren. I'll bet you'll get some back with their inherited creativity.

Louise said...

Very nice painting. I hope I get to see a gila monster someday. In the wild--not at the zoo!

Riet said...

What fun to paint your own Halloween cards. And they are lovely.LUcky kids.

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Diane AZ said...

Your hand-painted cards are sure to be a big hit with people of all ages. The creatures and vivid colors are charming.

Wren said...

kathie, these are wonderful. You are so talented!

eileeninmd said...

I'm sure grandchildren love the artwork.
You did great.

Tabib said...

Nice painting, and I like that monster lizard.
BTW, Gila = Mad in Malay. ;)

Arija said...

What a lovely thought to paint them for the g-kids.
Delightful humminbird and pumpkin coloured lizard.
I've been trying my hand at witches but they all turn out to be pretty and nice, not what I was after at all.

Anorak said...

nice paintings... Well, I have never been to Arizona... and don't see myself going there in my entire life.... no such luck ... I wish all kids have granny like you...

BTW, thanks for stopping by... keep walking!!!

Roy said...

Great painting of the Hummer and pumpkin, a typical "Kathie classic".
I would have guessed it was one of yours Kathie.

bobbie said...

Love the art work!

Lisa tells me she read that NJ now has a few more hummers other than the ruby throats! Neat! Now I'll have to learn to identify them.