Apr 16 2012

#352 “Masterpiece”

From Hannah in Chattanooga, Tennessee

All great art possesses a sort of timeless quality that simply will not allow it to disappear completely from the public consciousness, regardless of the passage of time. Whether it be some unique visual appeal, some revolutionary social comment, or a brazen disregard for a time-honored convention, each masterpiece has its own hook that sinks deeply into the viewer and simply will not let go. Seeing as how the wolf is the “piece de resistance” of the animal kingdom, it is only fitting that this project has received several artistic mash-ups that feature lupine subjects being inserted into famous paintings. None of these submissions have been more soul-stirring than Hannah’s interpretation of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” Thanks, Hannah. This piece is an instant classic.

Jan 1 2012

#246 Less is More (1)

From ARW in San Diego, California

“Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections,
predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal.
Difficult standards for people to live up to.”

~ Alfred Montapert


Dec 17 2011

#231 “I get by…”

From a stranger in reddit-land

A squirrel riding a bearded wolf… Is this the result of an overactive imagination dreaming up whimsical thoughts for the mere fun of it? Or is there something more going on here? Only the artist knows for sure, but what can easily be seen by every viewer is that there is an intimate relationship between the two characters in this picture. There’s a friendship, a codependency of sorts, that helps to show that we are not alone, that we all need companionship, and that no man is an island. And speaking of this concept, I believe it would be very fitting to pair this illustration with one of my favorite pieces from the well-loved Renaissance writer, John Donne. If you’re feeling intellectually malnourished or simply in need of emotional sustenance, or if you’re feeling up to diving into the deep end of a pool of classic literature, you should look up Donne’s “Meditation 17.” I’m sure you’ll find it very fitting.

But then again, if you’re not so much into classic literature, you might find the words of some contemporary poets a bit more fitting. Maybe John, Paul, George and Ringo said it best when they sang these simple words: “I get by with a little help from my friends.”

Thanks for the picture, stranger. Even though we’ve never met, we’re intimately connected, and strange as it sounds… I consider you my friend.

Jul 11 2011

#72 “A Classic”

From Tim in Tennessee

As much as I love receiving the weird, the wild, and the outrageous, nothing can compare to the joy that fills my soul when a truly classic wolf illustration is bestowed upon me by a thoughtful and talented stranger. Take the work that is on display for example. This picture may not be the wackiest or the craziest piece that I have ever received, but nevertheless, it accurately represents everything that I have come to know and love about the wolf and everything that inspired me to embark upon this epic lupine-inspired journey in the first place.

Notice the pride that fills those piercing eyes. Notice the calmness, the coolness, the collected demeanor and the self-assured posturing. Examine the natural beauty of the soft and welcoming fur and the fearful symmetry of the lupine countenance. Whether you believe that this marvelous creature is the result of millions of years of evolutionary progress or the pinnacle of all predators produced by the artful hand of the Almighty, no one can deny the power and the strength that lies within that stare. Nothing can detract from the beauty that is present here today. Take a moment. Look into the eyes of this classic wolf. Become inspired. And never forget that although we may be bound by physical frames much different than those of the lobos, we can still strive to take on his features of strength, loyalty, oneness with nature, pride and wisdom.

Make the decision today. Live life like the wolf.