Saturday, January 10, 2009

Norma Wilson Original Oil Grey Wolf Wildlife Animal Art

Night Of The Grey Wolf

12" by 12" original oil on wrap around canvas with sides painted.

I absolutely love painting faces....animals, birds, & people. I haven't posted many people but hope to do more in the near future. I loved working on this wolf and decided to learn more about them. Here are some interesting facts I gleaned from a site on the web dedicated to saving wolves in the wild.

The wolf is the largest member of the canine family. Gray wolves range in color from grizzled gray or black to all-white. As the ancestor of the domestic dog, the gray wolf resembles German shepherds or malamutes. Wolves are making a comeback in the Great Lakes, Northern Rockies and Southwestern United States. Wolves live, travel and hunt in packs of 4-7 animals on average. Packs include the mother and father wolves, called the alphas, their pups and several other subordinate or young animals. The alpha female and male are the pack leaders that track and hunt prey, choose den sites and establish the pack's territory. Wolves develop close relationships and strong social bonds. They often demonstrate deep affection for their family and may even sacrifice themselves to protect the family unit.
Wolves have a complex communication system ranging from barks and whines to growls and howls. While they don’t howl at the moon, they do howl more when it’s lighter at night, which occurs more often when the moon is full. Hope you enjoy this wolf and tonight's awesome full moon!
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