Thursday, July 30, 2009

I'm currently working on an oil painting, based on this photo of African buffalos I took in Kenya.
We saw these buffalo everywhere we went in Kenya, contentedly grazing on the long grass and leaves. However, their placid demeanor is misleading. I was surprised to learn that they are considered to be extremely dangerous and ruthless.

Friday, July 17, 2009

A wonderful bird is the pelican...

I finally finished a new painting! I spotted these brown pelicans on Santa Cruz wharf, sunning themselves and drying their feathers. They are fascinating birds and unfortunately on the endangered species list in California. Every time I see a pelican, I think of this limerick written by Dixon Merritt in 1910;

A wonderful bird is the pelican
His bill can hold more than his belican
He can take in his beak
Food enough for a week
But I'm damned if I see how the helican.