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Someone posted a photo of a black wolf crossing the ice near my hometown yesterday in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula. It inspired this painting. The canvas is small, only 9×12″, so the wolf is done in very tiny detail. Wolves are considered a threat to livestock and house pets, but they mean so many good things for the environment. I’ve heard them at night, but have never actually seen one this close to home.
This painting is really all about the sky and the burgeoning snowstorm. The Eastern UP has its own definition of wild beauty, even in the depths of winter. I wanted to show the flat landscape, the cold, the icy shore, the moody sky.
The camera didn’t negotiate with yellow very well — they are blended better in reality. I may touch it up some more.