Postcards from Texas(A Painting A Week)
Texas Horned Lizard
6″ x 8″ original oil on canvas panel
Larry G. Lemons – Copyright 2008
Of course, in Texas, we call it the “horny toad,” but since my paintings go to folks all over the country, I thought I should use its “proper” name. This is a version of one of the several varmints that I affectionately call my “Texas Wild Thangs” series and the first one that I have painted in this small size. The horny toad is an interesting little creature that has the ability to squirt a stream of blood from its eyes. They generally eat big red harvester ants, but their population has declined in recent years due to the use of pesticides and the increase in the fearsome and ravenous Brazilian fire ant population. They are now an endangered species. I can remember when we used to keep them as pets. For anyone in your family who has never seen one, they are really not the color that I have painted them. That’s all just for fun.
Feb. 23-24 – Arts Alive! Home and Garden Show MPEC, Wichita Falls. I’ll be in the Go Texan section.
Feb. 29 – “A Day with a Real Texas Artist” Lindsay ISD
Mar. 2 – TEXAS INDEPENDENCE DAY!
Mar. 25 – “A Day with a Real Texas Artist” Wells Elementary, Plano
April – 19-20 Art Attack, Gainesville
May – Art Splash, Graham