December 16, 2011

Kookaburra, San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge

Kookaburra bird in acylics © Evelyn Howard 2011
Acrylics on canvas paper, 8.27 x 11.69 inches

I keep calling him “Tommy”, because it makes me think of a boy who is pleased with himself, and is thinking of the next mischief to get into…

Do you know the Australian nursery rhyme? Here goes…

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Merry, merry king of the bush is he
Laugh, Kookaburra! Laugh, Kookaburra!
Gay your life must be

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Eating all the gum drops he can see
Stop, Kookaburra! Stop, Kookaburra!
Leave some there for me

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Counting all the monkeys he can see
Stop, Kookaburra! Stop, Kookaburra!
That's not a monkey that's me

Kookaburra sits on a rusty nail
Gets a boo-boo in his tail
Cry, Kookaburra! Cry, kookaburra!
Oh how life can be

Paint Party Friday

Golden Gate Bridge © Evelyn Howard 2011

The Golden Gate Bridge in silhouette… the family seemed to be having a nice day out last Saturday.

Sunday Bridges.


Michelle said...

I've never known anything other than the first verse !

LĂșcia said...

What a lovely kingfisher!
Have a good weekend Evelyn! ;-)

Viola said...

How gorgeous that bird is, the Kookaburra! =) And I love the colors!

I have never heard about that Australian rhyme.. but when that is said, I don't know so much about Australia..

What a beautiful picture of the Golden Gate also! :)

Have a pleasant time! :)

Mary C. Nasser said...

Wow! Your kookaburra is just phenomenal!!
This is my favorite painting I've seen of yours yet! :)

Happy PPF!!
Mixed-Media Map Art

BlackPumpkin said...

I've always loved the sound of the name "kookaburra"! It's beautiful!

SHERI C said...

Thanks for sharing the whole Kookaburra song. Your art is great.
Happy PPF!
Sheri Cook/HappyHorseStudio

Daniele Valois said...

gorgeous!!! I'llbe in SF next week!

carlarey said...

He is charming! What a terrific character you've captured.

Beadwright said...

Tommy looks so cute. I love that painting of him.
Happy Christmas

Christine said...

beautiful painting! I do know that song.

Gloria said...

The Golden Gate looks great. It's been a while since we've been there. Will have to make a trip soon. Great painting and love that name, Kookaburra. :) Happy Holidays!

nelleke said...

what a colors and a nice nursery rhyme about the Kookaburra, great name indeed and funny this repetition in the rhyme, Happy weekend to you too, Evelyn ;-)

(...imposant that bridge-photo)

rajns (carolyn) said...

Tommy is just regal with all those colors and details! Wow!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Tommy is wonderfully done ~ Very stylish ! ~ We used to sing that song in elementary school ~ Happy Holidays `~ thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF

Anne said...

Great post! Tommy sure does look like he could get into some mischief!

Happy PPF!

WrightStuff said...

I love that song - we used to sing it in a round.

He does indeed look like a cheeky little boy doesn't he? Fun :)

Kaori said...

Yes, I do know that song! It was one of the popular songs on Barney the Dinosaur program on TV.
But I didn't know the bird was so pretty! Love your drawing :D

La Abela said...

The bird appears to be alive, with these colors so obtained.brazos

Genie said...

You all really do have some fabulous bridges out there. This is such a nice photo. The silhouettes against the water, bridge, and sky make for a fabulous capture...and your painting of the kookaburra is lovely. You are so talented. genie

J Bar said...

Sydney - City and Suburbs

Flara said...

aww, Tommy is so cute and charming... love it very much:)

Heather said...

Tommy is adorable! Happy Holidays!

EVA said...


Every time I hear the word "Kookaburra" (not one we hear often in Canada), I start singing the song in my head! Nice to learn more verses.

Tommy is charmingly gorgeous and mischievous!

deepazartz said...

That's an awesome painting and a lovely rhyme...had not heard of such a many things to know of our very own earth and nature.

stardust said...

Tommy is so cute! Love his color components. I’m ignorant of Australian nursery song, it sounds lovely. Nice shot with such low light.

dosankodebbie said...

The Kookaburra song is one of the songs that my mother (she died ten years on Christmas Eve at age 68) sang to us kids as bedtime songs. She was an American, transplanted in her 20s to Japan. I wonder where she learned it. I didn't know till I grew up what a Kookaburra was, or that it was an Australian song.

Louis la Vache said...

What a fine view of the bridge, Evelyn. «Louis» likes the lighting in this shot.

(He apologizes that he is so late in visiting...)

Francisca said...

You did put the mischief in Tommy's eye! And I agree with Louis, the lighting on this iconic bridge is stunning. My best wishes to you and yours for this holiday season for you and your honey in your new home, Ev@

JKW said...

My favorite, I love birds. He is beautiful. Blessings, Janet PPF

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