Cockatoo Toys

“Failure seldom stops you. What stops you is the fear of failure.”
– Jack Lemmon

Cockatoo Toys

4″ x 6″ Watercolor Postcard

This cockatoo lives in this tree and greets all visitors to Currumbin bird sanctuary, in Australia. He is free to come and go as he pleases.    With all the little toys they have attached to that tree, I can see why he keeps coming back.  It was a reference by Crispur2005 on this weekend’s WDE at WetCanvas.

I had a great time playing with my watercolors Saturday.  I also played with my acrylics and have several new paintings to share.  🙂

About Jack Lemmon

Jack Lemmon is best known for the poignant sweetness he brought to comedic roles in movies like Some Like It Hot and The Apartment, but is also remembered for his dramatic roles, including the struggling alcoholic in Days of Wine and Roses. He was born in 1925 into a wealthy Boston family and knew by the age of four that he wanted to become an actor. He won two Academy Awards and was known for his collaborations with director Billy Wilder and costar Walter Matthau. He died in 2001.


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ambiguousartistry
    Aug 03, 2010 @ 11:20:11

    What a beautiful piece Beth. I love the quote too, it’s so true.
    My Grandparents had a cockatoo when I was growing up, they lived in a small country town and it decided the free food from my nan was a good deal so it lived with them (Though they did make it a cage for nights). It used to have this love hate relationship with their dog and would always repeat certain phrases my nan would say. I have no idea at all what ever happened to the cockatoo though.


    • Beth Parker
      Aug 03, 2010 @ 11:29:13

      Thanks so much, Chloe! I’m not a big bird fan up close, because they bite. They are fun to watch from a distance though. It’s neat how the bird decided to go live with your nan. Cool story! 🙂


      • ambiguousartistry
        Aug 03, 2010 @ 12:04:30

        I’m the same, I really don’t trust birds. There’s something unpredictable about them but they are beautiful creatures, observed from a distance.

      • Beth Parker
        Aug 03, 2010 @ 13:04:02

        I baby sat an African Gray once. It liked me and wanted me to rub his belly all the time. All good. Then weeks later, he saw me in a hat and he bit me. Never again! It hurt! 😕

  2. lesliepaints
    Aug 02, 2010 @ 09:25:27

    Yay! A watercolor. This guy does look fun to paint and I like the way you handled the background texture. I went to the WDE site to look at those photos and am surprised you did not choose that colorful church. 🙂


    • Beth Parker
      Aug 02, 2010 @ 09:37:11

      Ha ha ha – I did paint the church. I painted it first, actually. You do know my tastes, don’t you. I had to giggle at that. Thanks for the comment on my birdie. 🙂


  3. Francis
    Aug 02, 2010 @ 09:04:40

    The parrot is so adorable, i really love looking at it playing with the strings. Nice painting Beth.


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