White on White

whiteonwhite

“White on White” Watercolor on paper, 9″ x 11″ 2014 | $100

This painting was inspired by an arctic wolf who 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.

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Why Is the Big Wolf Bad?

"Shadow Dancer" Watercolor on paper, 9" x 11" 2014

“Shadow Dancer” Watercolor on paper, 9″ x 11″ 2014 | $100

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!

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Watercolor Painting of a Wolf Stopping to Drink

Watercolor Painting of a Wolf Stopping to Drink

Waterstop, 9″ x 12″, watercolor on paper, 2013
Sold as a benefit for MaPaw Siberian Husky Rescue

What Big Eyes You Have 28:365

Day 28 of my one a day resolution: “What big eyes you have, Grandma!” Those famous words uttered by Little Red Riding Hood would make you think that a wolf’s eyes are somehow absurdly large. I think the truth is that they are unusually enticing. Or is the word haunting? Nothing communicates the essence of the wolf as concisely as the eyes. They can be gentle and docile, sharp and penetrating, curious and playful, or intense and calculating. The eyes are where you can see the wolf’s intelligence and get a small glimpse into his soul. When I paint or draw a wolf, I try to capture the flame that flickers within the eyes. Sometimes it takes only a splash of color and sometimes, acute attention to detail. But always, it’s all in the eyes.

Pastels drawing of a wolf

Quick Soft-Pencil Sketch of a Howling Wolf 3:365

One a Day 3:365

One a day resolution day 3: I did a quick sketch of a wolf. It feels a little stiff. I’m not sure all of the proportions are quite right. I was experimenting with gesturing in detail without getting tight. For the most part I think if I cropped it differently, eliminating some of the back, I would be happier with the overall composition. I do like the softness of the mouth and chest.

Helping Homeless Huskies

arctic wolf painting

Acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. 2012

I just listed an original painting on e-bay to help raise funds for MaPaw Siberian Husky Rescue. I am on the board of this 501-c3 organization, which rescues and re-homes neglected, abandoned and abused dogs. We just completed construction on new kennels and will be able to welcome more huskies into our care. We do, however, have a large vet bill to pay and with more dogs come more expenses. Please help spread the word! Thank you!

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