This pretty Llama dared me to take his photograph, he is all ears after you get over his snaggle tooth. Llamas are pack animals but they are used in Texas as watchdogs as they protect the other animals in the pastures.
A cute southern viscacha (Lagidium viscacia) enjoying the early morning sun. Viscachas are closely related to the chinchillas and look like a cross between a large rabbit and a squirrel. They are often found in boulder fields as high as the snow line in the Andes.
The original First Dog — George Washington had several Black and Tan Coonhounds.
Dog art print from an original watercolor pet portrait.
Soulful eyes, big floppy ears, wet nose and a cute little pout on it's floppy muzzle.
A puppy so easy to fall in love with!
Early American colonial settlers valued these dogs ability to track a scent.
These canines are fast, and the their acute sense of smell is aided by droopy ears that help waft scents up to their nose.
This breed has tracked down bears, deer, and mountain lions, YIKES!
But they also make great family pet companions.
A llama (Lama glama) shows of his colourful wooly ear tags (called t'ikas) which are to identify which family or community the animals belong to. They are one of South America's 2 domestic camelids (the alpaca is the other) and closely related to camels. They are common throughout the central Andes and bred for their meat and wool; in the past they were an important means of transport in rural areas.
This is one of the few portrait sketches I've done where both ears are shown. Painting just one ear in a profile or three-quarter view is challenge enough for me. Ears are the hardest thing to paint. Their anatomy makes absolutely no sense to me. And ears are so unique to the individual that they could be used for identification purposes. Of course, ears in a portrait sketch of a human are usually not the center of interest, as they are for some of the wild animals on this thread, so I'm going out on a limb again by posting this image. However, rumor has it that Mark is a bit of a wild animal himself, so hope that is taken into account on judgment day.
This handsome critter is wondering around the goat pen at Centrally Grown Restaurant and Exotic Gardens in Cambria California. The goat pen also serves as the firewood storage yard and give the goats a mountain to climb on and keep them nimble on their feet.
Bulldogs in hot whether have a difficult time cooling off because of their poor respiration that is part of the breed. This beautiful lady was drinking lots of water and panting (and slobbering, I might add) up a storm.
I combined a capture I took of the Supermoon (Nov. 15th 2016) with some Photoshop brushes of an African Elephant silhouette and some grass. I purposely blurred the moon and added a purple gradient to the sky.
Thought I didn't have any "ear" images, then God brought to my remembrance this photo of an adorable Columbian blacktail deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus) visiting a bamboo garden in Marin County, California just north of San Francisco. I didn't realize deer's ears were so fuzzy and cute!
"As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, O God." (Psalm 42:2, Tree of Life Version [TLV])
Photo by Brian Tada. To the glory of God.
Zebra animal art print from an original watercolor painting.
A fun fact about zebra identification is that researchers use a bar code like scanner to help identify individuals in a herd since each zebra has a unique stripe pattern!
All that is needed is a digital camera and a laptop running the "stripe spotter" software.
This whimsical print of Zebras replaces their black stripes with color!
A rainbow of blue, purple, violet, red, pink, orange, white and green.
The animals are so cute with their short mane, long eyelashes and curiosity.
Doggie Diner, Acrylic on Canvas, circa 1987. One of many Doggie Diner eateries that were sprinkled along Northern California, this one was on Webster Street in Oakland, CA. This piece represents a time when things were simpler and the fascination for roadside architecture and all things whimsical was at its height.