Personal Art Blog

Sharing the lessons I teach at the Artist Guild and the personal discoveries in my art.

Monday, April 3, 2017

The Desert Cardinal


Desert Cardinal
6x8in  oil on canvas panel $140. SOLD

Artist Note.
A member of the Cardinal family
It took me forever to pronounce
Pyrrhuyloxia
and I can understand why the 
much more popular
Desert Cardinal is used
The bright red of the northern cardinal would
be like a neon light for predators
in the scrubby desert so nature
in all her wisdom
added the neutral colors on top on
this southwest dwelling wonder.

This guy is a regular at my feeders
I have two pairs visit, and 
although of the same genus,
one male has a lot more red than the 
other under his wings.

I was excited to find the nest of one of them
on my daily walk.

Their population has declined by 53% since 
1966 - most likely due to the southwest desert
being cleared to agriculture and urbanization.
Fortunately, some of their habitat is
safeguarded within national wildlife
refuges, parks and other protected areas.