Thursday, 2 February 2012

I think I'm a rabbit...

You know how I've been studying for a diploma in animal care? Well, we spent the first term learning about animal behaviour and how, if only we could learn to listen, every single creature on this planet is communicating with us all the time.

We learnt how predators (such as dogs and cats) will howl and cry and let us know if they've hurt themselves whereas prey (such as rabbits and guinea pigs) will  mask any pain they might be in for fear that it will attract the wrong sort of attention. Prey will try to make themselves invisible and keep to themselves if at all possible, often preferring the dark as it's safer for avoiding predators.

Well,  the other day I was waiting for the train home at 5.00pm and I noticed that it was still light (I don't know why this takes me by surprise every January/February but somehow it always does!)  Anyway,  it hit me then that I actually prefer the dark mornings and evenings as it makes me feel less conspicuous.  I know, strange, right?  But for some reason I like walking the dogs in the mornings when it's pitch black, as if  it gives me a cloak of invisibility, and I would rather stand amongst all the other commuters on the platform (just not too close - I like my personal space) when it's dark and I've got my hat pulled down low and my scarf pulled up high and once I've got my Ipod in then it's like I can block out the rest of the world completely.

So that made me think that if humans were divided into predators and prey (instead of all the other crazy groups that we've chosen to create for ourselves) then I would be one of the prey crowd, possibly a rabbit - if I stand still in the dark with my hat on then I can't be seen and the crowds of familiar strangers at the train station won't bother me. (Or perhaps I'm just becoming more and more misanthropic the older I get!)

Anyway, that's my random thought of the week.

Onto the art then, this is one of the dog portraits that I was asked to do before Christmas.  It's taken me a really long time because I got distracted over Christmas with one thing and another and then I was waiting for photographs to work from and Max is a skittish wee fella who doesn't much like getting his photo taken. As you can see, his human had to hold his head still for the photo, so I worked from that initially and then I needed to get another photo to see the fur markings on his neck so I could finish it off.

Anyway, I finally finished the portrait on Sunday last, so here he is:

Max, French Bull Dog, watercolour pointillism 12 x 9 inches



The other portrait I was asked to do was for Maegan, the human mum of LeRoy, the French Bull Dog I did in pen and ink back here; she'd said she'd like one of her Pug, BeBop as well.  I'm just waiting to get some close up head shots of BeBop, who is yet another adorable wee thing, and I'll get cracking on his portrait right after our trip to Krakow (I may have mentioned it once or a trillion times but we're off to Poland on Sunday for a 5 day mini-break!).

Anyway, happy Paint Party Friday, I'll try to get round as many as I can before we head off but apologies in advance if I don't get a chance to visit - the party's getting so big!

37 comments:

  1. what a beautiful job you did, amazing,, you are just so talentedf you are!!!
    Oh yes, I'd be a rabbitt too, sadly,,some ones lunch I suppose!

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  2. Wonderful post and thought provoking :) Beautiful artwork as usual xxx

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  3. Oh, your painting is awesome! Such a cutie.

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  4. Max is fantastic. Enjoy your holiday. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  5. I can relate to how you feel about the dark. I'm always happy when it's winter and the nights are longer, and it's less crowded outside. Though when it comes to being an animal, I'd like to be a cat - curling up on the sofa all day :).
    What a wonderful portrait! The details are stunning!
    Have a great time in Poland!

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  6. This is AMAZING! Those eyes are SO full of soul! You really are a master at this :0)
    That really was a random thought wasn't it, lol! But it got me thinking too. Though very tactile with people I know, like you I need my personal space amongst strangers. But I don't particularly like the dark. Isn't that when all of the predators are about? I like the light!
    I also find myself surprised every year as the lighter evenings begin. I had the very same thought only yesterday as I was on my way home from the Isle of Wight! And it was at 5pm!

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  7. You've captured 'Max' perfectly! Well done! and now you have me thinking too .... I could be a bunny too, but like 'Sandra', I DO NOT like the dark! If I was wounded or sick, this bunny would high (bunny) tail it outta here, away from my predators to a huge sunny well lit alfalfa field and heal or .... Well enough of that! Enjoy your vacation holiday & happy PPF!

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  8. Just wonderful work as usual! I think I'm more like a dog or a cat, interesting observations!

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  9. I didn't know about that difference between predators and prey (though it makes sense now that I think about it). That's pretty fascinating. I'd fall into the rabbit category as well. I wonder if this is a common characteristics among artists - preferring to be inconspicuous in the real world and letting it all loose in artwork?

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  10. Wwo this is absolutely awesome! :-)

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  11. Hi Pointy Pix. Loved your story. Why you'd be a very cute rabbit.:) Excellent work. Your piece is like looking at the real thing in the photo. Just awesome. Be careful walking in the dark. Take care and thx. for sharing. Happy PPF!

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  12. Love your pet portraits! That is interesting to think about. I guess I would be pray as well. :)

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  13. Just beautiful! Your piece regarding predators and prey is an interesting observation.

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  14. Loved reading your post!
    The pug is so cute!!

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  15. Max is absolutely fabulous!
    I'm glad I'm not the only one completely surprised in January and February when it remains light past 5pm! :)
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  16. Poland? How fantastic! I am envious. Hope you have a great time.

    Secondly, you did an awesome job with Max's portrait in general, but I am stunned by the whiskers! Bravo! That little detail just takes it over the top.

    Thirdly, before you even got to the end of the thought, I was already there thinking, sure, humans totally fall into those two categories. There can be great security in invisibility.

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  17. Absolutely gorgeous..you are such an amazing artist...brilliant and beautiful! Love the eyes..so soulful!
    Victoria

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  18. Awesome portrait of Max!

    What an intriguing theory/random thought! Hmmm

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  19. What a fabulous painting! You are such an awesome painter.

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  20. Lovely to see it so beautifully finished. Well done.

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  21. Poland... so THAT'S your excuse LOL... hey don't blog, enjoy the adventure, but you better share when your back! Awesome portrait of Max! Ok you little bunny, hop off to Poland :)

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  22. Amazing portrait...as good as the original photo! and Max is soo cute. Have a nice time in Poland.

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  23. It's a wonderful portrait! I don't blame Max, I don't like to get my picture taken either. Have a good trip!

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  24. Oh this excellent! I love the pug painting ~ namaste, carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF ^_^

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  25. The talent you have in drawing is so wonderful. I enjoy your pieces each week.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  26. Awesome Max protrait! I think I'm in the prey catagory too. I think I'm most like a chameleon just trying to blend in. Then I wonder why it seems like I am invisible when waiting to be served at a restaurant,lol!

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  27. Great post! And another awesome portrait! Max looks wonderful. I especially love how you did his eyes. :-)

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  28. amazing portrait. what a handsome subject. frenchies are impossibly cute!!

    :)

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  29. wow! Just stopping by to say hello and share some PPF love!
    Renee
    xoxo
    www.fussitup.blogspot.com

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  30. You are just so talented!!! I love your portraits!! Splendid!!

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  31. Beautiful job on both dogs! Love how you got the neck down by using another photo. Nice.

    Interesting analogy and I do think you've analyzed yourself well. Depending on my mood, I suppose I could be prey or predator...but predator sounds so wrong. How about friendly (foolish) prey?? lol

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  32. Holy Moley! All the tiny dots and circles. And his eyes! Amazing!

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  34. Anyone who can stand in front of a blank surface with a brush and put this first terrifying mark on it is by definition not a rabbit. But I fully understand your misanthropic comment - me too.

    Max came out fantastic, all his funny trembling self. Frenchies are funny and dear, and it is clear in his portrait.

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  35. I so enjoy viewing your dog portraiture, Nicola. This one does not disappoint. You capture it all, soul and all!

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