Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Wildlife Art. Portrait of a Raccoon

Pastel on Wallis Sanded Paper
8.5 x 8.5
Mounted on foam core board, with a double white mat
Matted size 14 x 14

This painting has been sold.
Thanks for looking...
20% of the Sale will be donated to
Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center

One morning early last summer, I glanced out of the window in my bedroom and saw a raccoon, sitting very still on the limb of a tree, watching me through the open window. We stayed there for a few moments, gazing at each other in silence, until she slowly slid behind the tree trunk. She is a familiar sight in our neighborhood. Every year she moves into the hollow of another tree on our property and raises a family. Midsummer, she can be seen leading them to the field at the edge of town and on down to the river. I don't know why she was in a different tree that morning, but I enjoyed her company. I felt a peculiar connection to her because we were going through similar passages in our lives. Her family was nearly grown and she would soon leave that phase of her life returning to her river home. My oldest son was about to be married, my younger son had moved half way across the country. So it was time for me to return to the "river" and find a new direction for my life. I look forward to seeing her again this spring. I think of her as a friend and fellow traveler.

This painting has been sold. Check out Art Helping Animals for more great art.


Totally Timmy said...

I have never been able to work with pastels. Wonderful portrait!

dellartist said...

Thanks. Pastel is really my favorite medium, but it is tricky. It works better for some things than others.