Feb 14 2012

#290 Awareness (14)

From Skylar of Signal Mountain, Tennessee

Artists for Conservation: Support Nature through Art

Mission and Vision:

“At AFC, our mission is to support wildlife and habitat conservation, biodiversity, sustainability, and environmental education through art that celebrates our natural heritage.¬†Through international art exhibits, collaborative art-science expeditions, publications and cutting-edge online initiatives, we engage, inspire and inform the public, and empower passionate professional artists as effective ambassadors for the environment.”

Feb 10 2012

#286 Awareness (10)

From David in Siauliai, Lithuania

Mission: Wolf

“Mission: Wolf connects people with nature using hands-on experiential education. Through volunteer internships and national traveling education programs, we inspire individuals to become stewards of the earth. While providing a home for rescued wolves and horses, we create opportunities for growth through community service and personal interactions with animals. We value education, sustainability, and improving relationships between people, animals, and the world around them.”

Oct 21 2011

#174 “Seeing the wolf in everything”

From Brennan in Mission Viejo, California

As you can see from the date on this piece, I received it quite a while ago. When I first examined Brennan’s playful (yet thoughtful) contribution, I knew that a special chord had been struck inside me, but the combination of notes was one that was unfamiliar; and as a result it has taken me quite some time to fully discover why I love this lighthearted illustration so much.

In the end, the answer was right in front of me the whole time. The transformation of the smiley face into that of a rascally, good-natured wolf is a small representation of the artist’s ability to see nearly everything in life with a “wolf’s eye view.” While it is true that we live in a world that is far removed from the one that the wolf resides in, this doesn’t mean that we must become slaves in our thinking to the ties that bind us to our lives of convenience.

In everything you do, everything you see, everything you say… look for the wolf. Let the attitude of the creature guide you. Let its essence wash over you until you see the world through its eyes. Strive for its divinity, call up its courage, seek its gentleness, summon its spirit… Become one with the wolf. And when you do this, when you truly see the wolf in everything, then the circle of your life will be complete and you will have achieved true enlightenment.

Thanks, Brennan. Now we’re all one step closer.