Thursday, November 10, 2011

Paint Party Friday Iguana !


Hi everyone! Yep yep we're back to the lizzies! I must confess I've been so busy I haven't had a chance to work on the blue tailed skink. He's waiting patiently " on the easel" so to say ,even though I'm not using an easel. I guess you could say he's in hibernation, probably like the real model right now, burrrrrrrr! So instead I thought I'd share an older painting and photo I took. I painted this watercolor about 20 years ago of my pet iguana named "CJ". I had three iguanas then. They had the run of the apartment. I even came home one time to find all three up in our Christmas tree!!! When we moved into a new house far away, I gave them all up to new homes. This little guy was hurt because he had fallen off the TV and sprained his back. That's when I found out he was really a she and during the recovery she layed 9 eggs , which unfortunately never hatched, boo hoo!!!!!!!! Anyways, she ended up going to a great reptile lover's home where she had a huge shed outside and inside to live in that the guy had made for his other lizzy buddies. Have a great weekend and happy PPF everyone!

46 comments:

  1. wow 20 years ago...that is amazing...you have been at this for many years and I just love your story about your liz...except the eggs not hatching bit ..Love his I mean her eye

    -KAT-

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  2. GORGEOUS Deb - I am in love with this one. You did a fantastic job to say the least!!

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  3. You have been wonderful this iguana, delicious paint, I also like the great photo.

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  4. Iguanas in the Christmas tree! Now that sounds cool. Did they like it up there? Your watercolor is fabulous - it looks partly like a mosaic, at least that's what I thought when I saw it before reading your post.

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  5. 20 years ago?? wow! You have always been a great artist Deb! I would have love to seen all 3 up the Christmas tree ;o) Too bad the eggs never hatched. Happy she ended up in a great home! Big Hugs My Friend ;o)

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  6. A little bit of a sad story but all in all it was great that you have discovered something good. Having the babies will be more work in your side to take care of them...congratulations.

    Michelle of Owatrol Paint Conditioner

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  7. Wow, you sure like your reptiles. I am squirming but you painting is nice. Love your interpretation. Evelyn

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  8. Wow! ~ Great painting and quite a story ~thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF

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  9. Great! very well managed. Saludos

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  10. Beautiful representation of your iguana! Faye

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  11. Due to people releasing their iguanas, we have a huge population of wild iguanas here in South Florida. Many people hate the mess they create and the flowers they devour, but I find them wonderful. Two winters ago, we got a cold snap that kept the temps below 40 for more than three days and the iguanas were dropping out of the trees dead. :( I tried to save two young ones, but they didn't make it. I have only just recently started seeing the population come back. Love your painting....makes me smile.

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  12. I love your painting even more than the photo!
    So inspiring to see your rendering of values and textures!

    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  13. Wow..Stunning..super gorgeous..love the eyes..the texture..the smoothness too..every detail..spectacular work my friend!
    Victoria

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  14. wow your painting is amazing! I thought it was a photo when I first saw it. The photo is awesome too.

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  15. Wonderful painting. Happy PPF, x

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  16. Wow, you really have a way with painting lizards. I really like this.

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  17. oh wow!!!! amazing work!!! looks perfect.....

    Happy PPF and come share something sweet with us on my blog tomorrow for Sweet Saturdays!!!

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  18. so glad you shared this because it is really something... not a huge lizard fan but have to admire the skill and beauty to bring to them... wonderful xx

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  19. She is fabulous!! Great work.

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  20. really cool painting. 20 years??? as a mid-life crisis painter I'm always impressed to find artists who've had their vision for such a long time. I had a friend with two iguanas. (I still have the friend, but she no longer has the iguanas) her christmas card one year was a photo of the iguanas wearing santa hats. silly. once i had a female cat who turned out to actually be a male. we still called "her" Ruth until the day she died at the ripe old age of 17.

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  21. This is awesome. And I really like how he has a mosaic quality to him

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  22. What a surprise to find out he was a she. And she is so beautiful. I love her eyes, and how you capture their color and the texture of CJ's skin. Lovely.

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  23. oh my gosh, I'm still picturing the lizards in the christmas tree!! Yikes!!!
    Beautiful work (as always) you are such a talent,,

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  24. Deb love this post & your iguana!!! The story is a riot but I am gathering only another iguana would know the boy/girl difference... they remind me of our old Axolotols, never found out if they were boys or girls either, but now I'm thinking 2 boys we never saw any eggs ;)

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  25. Fantastic job! They look great.

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  26. Wonderful iguauna. I love all the details & the colors!

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  27. Love the iguana, both the painting and the photograph.

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  28. Brilliant! I love this painting! Loved reading the story as well. :)

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  29. Love your iguana painting and picture! We have them visit our yard on a regular basis and I never get tired of seeing them!

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  30. It's so so beautiful!!! I LOVE the blues and greys here and am totally blown away that this was done so long ago! You have had the gift for a long time now ;)
    Thank you too for your visit and your sweet comments - they really mean so much.
    Hope you get a chance to rest a bit with your busy schedule! xoxo

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  31. that's a really beautiful image of your iguana!

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  32. Beautiful picture. We have them everywhere but they are bright green(?) Blessings, Janet PPF

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  33. wow! its a great picture- amazing job on the eye

    i used to keep iguanas, have had three (at different times, well over a decade ago now - but i think they are wonderful pets)

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  34. !!! I love !!! Yay! I'm really loving how you painted the texture of his skin--all the subtle hue variations. Beautiful! And you had pet iguanas? Soooooooo coooooool! I bet they were fascinating to live with.

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  35. Cool story to go with such great watercolour! Have you ever considered a Christmas tree with only iguana ornaments?

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  36. Wow! Love, love, love your watercolor!!! And that touch of blue....so lovely! I enjoyed your lizard tales! Still trying to imagine 3 lizzies in the Christmas tree! :)

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  37. Loving the texture and the colors. Great work!

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  38. I love your watercolor!
    Thank you for coming to visit on my blog

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  39. your painting is wonderful and truly captures the beauty of your friend/creature. fun to read your lizard tales.

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  40. i enjoyed your post and i think your painting is great. that's a really lifelike eye. happy PPF and thanks for sharing!
    hugs,
    peggy aplSEEDS

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  41. really nice painting i like so much lovely...!!!

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  42. Awwwww...CJ is awesome, and you did a great job on painting her!

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  43. oh man! that is INCREDIBLE. so metallic looking... i like it heaps better than the photo hee hee

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