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Friday, May 27, 2011

Dingo!

It's taken a three week holiday in Victoria and New South Wales, over three thousand kilometres east, to finally secure some useful photographs of Australia's "wild" dog.  As residents of a wildlife sanctuary, the dingoes pictured were anything but wild or inclined towards aggression - a series of affectionate licks of their keeper's face was evidence of that!  For another few dollars we could have entered their enclosure and handled them ourselves, but with limited time and so much else to see, we passed up on the opportunity - perhaps foolishly.


This pair appeared to be in prime condition, but it's worth acknowledging that in their natural state survival doesn't come so easily; the few wild animals I saw while living in Western Australia's rugged north were malnourished and generally in poor condition.

At some point I'm keen to feature these two in a painting or drawing, but for now, work continues to be a barrier to that happening.

Cheers
Pete

10 comments:

April Jarocka said...

Pete. Welcome back from the wild, we thought YOU had fallen off the planet! Beautiful pair for sure which, I am certain, will look great in a painting. I do hope you find time to put paint brush to easel.
Been busy at my end. Painting chocolate!
:D

Colette Theriault said...

Nice to see you blogging again Peter! I am sure that any way you feature these wild dogs, your painting will be fab! At least you are gathering reference material for future work but I too hope you find some time to relax at the easel. Seems way too long...

Peter Brown said...

April and Colette,
Thanks for dropping in! My brushes are constantly calling me and, yes, I'm slowly adding to my stock of reference photos.

I've recently completed a major project (non art related), and a return to the easel, though not guaranteed, is now more likely.

Jeremy Pearse said...

Pete, glad that you are making a return to your blog and hopefully a new painting - I for one am patiently waiting for your next beauty!

Peter Brown said...

Nice to hear from you Jeremy!

Julia Ruffles | wildlife animal artist said...

what attractive wild dogs, wonderful colouring - will look very striking in future pieces, I look forward to it :) Jules

Peter Brown said...

Thanks for stopping by Julia. Love your work!

Sally McLean said...

Hope you can make time for your easel soon Peter! Great dingo photo.

Peter Brown said...

Thanks Sally! Photos are from Healesville wildlife sanctuary, just north of Melbourne.

Sandy Byers said...

So nice to "see" you again, Peter. Your photos are wonderful and done with such a magnificent artful eye.