Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hungry like the wolf

I guess I'm following up my February failure series with a March animal series.   Painted this wolf just now:
8" x 10" x 0.5" acrylic on canvas
Fast, a little messy, with some puffy clouds.  I'm happy with it.

I didn't mean to do a painting of our dog, Jodie, but it looks a little like her.  She's an Alaskan Malamute.  We like to call her wolfie.

I guess when there is a wolf in a movie, they will often use an Alaskan Malamute.   Jed the Movie Dog, who was in a lot of movies (White Fang, The Thing, The Journey of Natty Gann...), was part wolf and part Alaskan Malamute.

Malamutes are pretty smart.  It makes them difficult to train and they get bored easily, but it is a positive trait that they think for themselves.  If they're at work leading your dog sled team, and you direct them towards what they know is bad ice, they will not listen and take a safe route.   (I forget where I read this.)

Jodie also is a soulful pup.  On Wednesdays at noon, when they test the tornado sirens, Jodie likes to howl along.  Here is a sample of her beautiful singing voice.

She's a sweetie.
p.s. That thing on the deck is a heated hut for our cat.    Spoiled animals abound! 

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