|"African Grey: Gonzo"
8x10" acrylic on canvas
(C) Cara Bevan 2009
|The African Grey parrot is among the most intelligent birds in the human world. They are able to learn a vast vocabulary and not just
memorize it, but also understand it. This painting called “African Grey: Gonzo” is a portrait of a lively parrot named Gonzo, owned by
friend and fellow artist Lora Duguay. Gonzo, like most African greys, has a personality and vocabulary all his own!
Along with standard words, like “hey!”, “gimme”, and “what’re you doin?,” Gonzo has also learned intricate sounds and names. He has
learned the names of his previous owner’s dogs and current owner’s dogs. He can blow kisses, say goodnight, bark like a dog, sneeze,
cough, and blow his nose. Gonzo also has a talent for music. If someone says “Rock ‘n’ Roll, Gonzo, Rock ‘n’ Roll” he’ll bob up and
down, kick up a leg, and dance. He will dance to any tune he likes, or even his own songs. He loves to sing his own version of “Bad boys”
and interprets it as “Bad bird, bad bird, whatcha gonna do…” Along the same line he’ll say his own name and call “help, help, call the
cops!” Like most birds, though, he loves attention. If he is not getting it he’ll scream at the top of his lungs to get noticed and that may
mean interrupted phone calls or guest visits! On his kinder side he stays as close to Lora as he can and loves to be petted, ride on a
shoulder, and even shower! And just when you think he’s calm he’ll say certain profanities…courtesy of what he’s already learned.
Even if you don’t have a parrot as talkative as Gonzo, or a parrot at all, enjoy the laughter and beauty you know he’ll be bringing Lora
Duguay and her family for many, many, many years to come!
Lora Duguay is a fellow artist and friend of mine! Check her out!
|All artwork and information (C) to Cara Bevan and Art from the Heart.
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