White Dog Art

scent of blue coyote

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Wild Things on March 23, 2013 at 1:35 pm
watercolor aceo 3/2013

watercolor aceo 3/2013

My dogs caught scent of coyote this morning while we were walking. Then we heard their yowling. Probably a fresh kill. I thought of this little bar in the desert called the “Blue Coyote’  where I have gone with friends for a pitcher of Marguerites.

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  1. It’s a good day when you post one of your newest goodies.
    We used to have coyotes when we lived in another city. This is a lovely representation with just they right bit of the infamous trickster with that “smile” and a hint of the mystic in the “crow’s feet” around its eye …

  2. Such a beautiful image… Coyotes are truly beautiful and amazing creatures. SO very intelligent.

    • To me the most distinctive qualities about their appearance are their big ears and the slight smile. They are survivors. Unlike wolves they tend not to bring down large animals. So even though human tries to purge them they are not the focus of such eradication as with wolves.

  3. This is so interesting because you painted him going away from you. They are smart (unfortunately) to move away from most humans.

  4. I love the smile and especially how you incorporate patterns reminiscent of desert tribal art. I love the sense of connectedness among land, people, and animals that this implies! As you know, coyotes have a special place in my heart. You said it: they are survivors. If you’re interested, this article in the Sacramento Bee discusses some of the pressures they are under in the name of “wildlife management.” http://www.sacbee.com/2012/04/28/4450678/the-killing-agency-wildlife-services.html.(Probably not news to you!) Many states still offer a bounty on their heads. As you mention, they have fared better than the wolf, in large part because of the adaptability that results from their reliance on small prey, their ability subsist on fruits and vegetables, to hunt without a pack structure, expand their range, and generally to alter their society in response to human pressures, even silencing their characteristic “song” in many urban areas. Thank you, Gretchen, for painting and living with these plucky predators with so much clemency and understanding! Let’s hope all of North America’s great predators will continue to have a place on the earth we share with them! It’s so encouraging to know you’re out there as a voice for that hope!

    • Camilla we are of like heart. I was not able to pull up the article. But I do know that human wants to ‘disappear’ so many of our wild things. The disastrous results of eliminating the wolf is not public knowledge for the masses. But then I wonder if it would make any difference. I will never understand. We have very benevolent attitude toward wildlife here on the mountain. We rescue everything. I know this is unusual for a population to feel this way and I feel lucky to be here. And I paint for survival of the wild things…..especially those with sharp teeth. Gotta love those very intelligent yotes

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