I was out walking one morning and spotted beautiful red-tailed hawk circling in the sky above me. We walked together for a while and then suddenly, he swooped down, chasing something in the field. He was pure energy…and like that, he was back in the sky, far above me, searching again.
How do you know it’s summer? The gold finches arrive! Their exuberance and joy fit right in with the sunshine and warmth of the days. Just seeing them brings a smile to your face.
My latest watercolor painting was inspired by an arctic wolf whom I photographed at Lakota Wolf Sanctuary many years ago. While the arctic wolf is not “on the brink,” as are many wolves in the US, they are still threatened by humans. Climate change and industrialization both affect their habitat, and hunters pursue them for their beautiful coats…which personally, I think look much better on the wolf!
Remember, wolves are essential to the environment. They help maintain the balance by keeping grazing herd populations under control, which in turn allows vegetation to grow, helping to minimize erosion, and on and on.
And, they are spectacular!
I grew up reading stories about the big bad wolf terrorizing sweet little pigs and eating grandma, and yet, I never developed a fear of them. The fact is, I also grew up with large, fuzzy dogs who gave me a love for all things canine…includng the big bad wolf. I wonder, though, where the hatred so many people have for wolves comes from. Why is the bad wolf a central figure in so many tales? Why do we hunt them to near extinction? We love our dogs, but hate their closest relative…why? I am always inspired by their grace, their love, their beauty. They need to be cherished…they need to be saved!
The other day, I met a man who had been looking at my website. He told me that my latest work reminded him of Leroy Neiman. I’m embarrassed to say I did not recognize the name, so as soon as I got home I googled him. Just, Wow! What an amazing compliment! I LOVE his work! I only wish my work DID look like his! He will definitely become one of my inspirations going forward!
The Edge of Autumn, watercolor on paper, 12″ x 9″, 2013
Waterstop, 9″ x 12″, watercolor on paper, 2013
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