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Hungry Deer – Watercolour
Spotted these wee beasties not far from my house on Friday. I was out for my usual walk in the woods when I saw them at the side of a field, happily munching on the farmer’s winter crops. Deer normally get closer to inhabited areas when bad weather is on the way. Wildlife really has it hard at this time of year. They didn’t seem to mind but, when I got closer they were off at high speed. Since it is illegal to harm deer here I suppose the farmer might hire me as a sort of scarecrow. I don’t, however, think he would begrudge a small loss of his crops to help these hungry animals.
This was an experiment with markers, which I find pretty garish, but which have their uses. I find the colors difficult to control. The deer is too dark, I think, but once I was committed to the color I had to stick with it since markers can’t be undone. I’ve done this same picture with colored pencil and it turned out much softer and more to my liking—Opinions on this?????????
Para Mhuire – una pintura de ciervos de Escocia – Inktense pencils on a Watercolour Moleskine
Mhuire mentioned, in my post of 2nd April, that she would like to see what our native deer looked like – so here goes.
Mhuire, this painting is compiled from two photographs. Both were taken on separate holidays some years ago. The two female deer (hinds), in the foreground were so tame they could almost be fed by hand but this is to be discouraged as they loose all fear of people and can become very vulnerable. The stag in the background was added to give the scene some extra sense. Stags, or males, are usually harder to see as they tend to be shy and will round up their herds of hinds and shepherd them quickly away as soon as danger approaches. These are “Red Deer” the most common of all Scottish types with about 300,000 in our country.
I must thank you for suggesting this as a painting as I came up with a new way to use my watercolour pencils – a way I had not considered before. I hope you like this and apologies for my poor use of Spanish.
Un cordial saludo – Bob
There is an overpopulation of deer in the Texas Hill Country. They especially love golf courses. These deer just stood there watching me while I watched them.
HB on moleskine.
Skeleton of a Deer, part of a massive procession of animal skeletons at the Pitt Rivers museum, Oxford, which i am slowly working my way through.
“Dead Leaves and the dirty ground…
…When I know you’re not around”