Apr 12 2012

#348 “Desert Nights”

From Ol’ Bird in St. Louis, Missouri

“For most people, we often marvel at the beauty of a sunrise or the magnificence of a full moon, but it is impossible to fathom the magnitude
of the universe that surrounds us.”

- Richard H. Baker


Apr 4 2012

#340 “Rawr!”

From Kelly in Phoenix, Arizona

“The spotted hawk swoops by and accuses me,
He complains of my gab and my loitering.
I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable,
I sound my barbaric YAWP over the roofs of the world.”

- Walt Whitman
“Song of Myself”


Apr 2 2012

#338 Failure? Success?

From Rachel in Harrogate, Tennessee

Just as judgments about beauty are left uniquely in the eye of the beholder, so are appraisals of success and failure. Although Rachel makes a comment on her own piece suggesting that she views this work as a bit of an artistic debacle, I view the work as a triumph of creativity. Ducks, fish, whales and wolves swim together in a sea of imagination, each with its own unique voice and perspective on the interesting situation at hand. How could a work overflowing with so much inventiveness ever be anything but a complete success. In moments like these, I’m reminded of the words of Dale Carnegie who left us with this charge: “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are the two surest stepping stones to success.”


Jan 31 2012

#276 Less is More (31)

From David in Siauliai, Lithuania

I only received this illustration yesterday, but I have already experienced so much joy in trying to unfold its intricate mysteries that I simply couldn’t resist sharing it as soon as possible… Enjoy! And bravo to David for this epic creation.

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a
stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in
awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”

~ Albert Einstein

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Jan 29 2012

#274 Less is More (29)

From Joanne and Cody in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (both age 7)

With this note:

HELLO my name is joanne! i love wolves, they are my favorite animals. when i fond this site i was so excited!!!! i check it every day.  thought i would try to draw a wolf of my own. i think i did a WONDERFUL job!! i hope you enjoy it and consider putting it on your site. my favorite food is ketchup. i eat ketchup with everything, even on my cake. yum, ketchup cake!! i hope you like margarita(my wolf) she is wearing her winter coat and her pretty bow. i love her. please put her on your site!!!!!!!!!
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Salutations! my name is Cody Brown (YES it IS  a girls name) and OMG I AM LITERALLY IN LOOOOVVVEE WITH YOUR SITE!! And just so you know my favorite color is Mahogany. I love that color so much i named my toothbrush Mahogany(i wouldve named my lamp that but mom said thatd be creepy….) Well i hope you put BOTH  of our drawings in……..( my wolfies name is Kathleen but you can also call her Kath or Kat OR ((she pefers this one)) Ka-aaaaa)
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P.s. we live in Baton Rouge Mississippi.
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We are 7 years old:):):):)::))))))))))))))))))) hereare our wolves:
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THANK YOOU (not you YOU)
BYE BYE
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Joanne&Cody<3 ;)

 


Jan 28 2012

#273 Less is More (28)

From Andrew in Columbia, Missouri

“We sleep, but the loom of life never stops, and the pattern which was weaving when the sun went down is weaving when it comes up in the morning.”

~ Henry Ward Beecher

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Jan 26 2012

#271 Less is More (26)

From Lauren in Pickens, South Carolina

FACT: Wolves were once the most widely distributed land predator the world has ever seen. The only places they didn’t thrive were in the true desert and rainforests.

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Jan 25 2012

#270 Less is More (25)

 

From Damien in Phoenix, Arizona

The following is a selection from “Leader of the Pack” written by George Morton, Jeff Berry & Ellie Greenwhich; performed by The Shangri-Las.

Is she really going out with him?
Well, there she is. Let’s ask her.
Betty, is that Jimmy’s ring you’re wearing?
Mm-hmm
Gee, it must be great riding with him
Is he picking you up after school today?
Uh-uh
By the way, where’d you meet him?

I met him at the candy store
He turned around and smiled at me
You get the picture? (yes, we see)
That’s when I fell for (the leader of the pack)

My folks were always putting him down
They said he came from the wrong side of town
(whatcha mean when ya say that he came from the wrong side of town?)
They told me he was bad
But I knew he was sad
That’s why I fell for (the leader of the pack)

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Jan 24 2012

#269 Less is More (24)

From Olivia in Southland, New Zealand

FACT: A hungry wolf can eat 20 pounds of meat in a single meal, which is akin to a human eating one hundred hamburger patties.

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Jan 23 2012

#268 Less is More (23)

From Jesse in Raleigh, North Carolina

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“He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.”

~ Samuel Johnson

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Jan 20 2012

#265 Less is More (20)

From K. in Evanston, Illinois

 

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

~ Anatole France

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Jan 19 2012

#264 Less is More (19)

 

From Devin in Lyford, Texas

 

“A gentleman is simply a patient wolf.”

~ Lana Turner

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Jan 17 2012

#262 Less is More (17)

From Ulla in Finland

Many people can boast about receiving a few Christmas cards from close friends, but how many can say that they received one from a stranger half way around the world? Thank you, Ulla. I hope this new is full of blessings for you. (For more information about the manufacturer of this card and its accompany artwork, visit amusantti.fi)

“Sometimes when we are generous in small, barely detectable ways
it can change someone else’s life forever.”

~ Margaret Cho

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Jan 15 2012

#260 Less is More (15)

From Lisa in Nottingham, England

A special thanks is due to Lisa for submitting these photographs of her own fantastic wolf sculptures. This occasion marks another first for the WBS project and also helps to stretch the boundaries of the art which this unique collection boasts.

“People compose for many reasons: to become immortal; because they want to become a millionaire; because of the praise of friends; because they have looked into a pair of beautiful eyes; or for no reason whatsoever.”

 ~ Robert Schumann

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Jan 13 2012

#258 Less is More (13)

From Jeremy

Happy Friday the 13th!

 

“Listen to them. Children of the Night.
What music they make.”

~ Dracula (1931)

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Jan 12 2012

#257 Less is More (12)

From Phaedra

“Careless shepherd make excellent dinner for wolf.”
~ Earl Derr Biggers


Jan 9 2012

#254 Less is More (9)

From Hanne in Belgium

This wolf perched on top of a rock promontory reminds of something very Kipling-esque. Bearing this in mind, I hope you will enjoy “The Law of the Jungle” from Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.

Now this is the Law of the Jungle — as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die.
As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk the Law runneth forward and back —
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.

Wash daily from nose-tip to tail-tip; drink deeply, but never too deep;
And remember the night is for hunting, and forget not the day is for sleep.
The Jackal may follow the Tiger, but, Cub, when thy whiskers are grown,
Remember the Wolf is a Hunter — go forth and get food of thine own.
Keep peace withe Lords of the Jungle — the Tiger, the Panther, and Bear.
And trouble not Hathi the Silent, and mock not the Boar in his lair.
When Pack meets with Pack in the Jungle, and neither will go from the trail,
Lie down till the leaders have spoken — it may be fair words shall prevail.
When ye fight with a Wolf of the Pack, ye must fight him alone and afar,
Lest others take part in the quarrel, and the Pack be diminished by war.
The Lair of the Wolf is his refuge, and where he has made him his home,
Not even the Head Wolf may enter, not even the Council may come.
The Lair of the Wolf is his refuge, but where he has digged it too plain,
The Council shall send him a message, and so he shall change it again.
If ye kill before midnight, be silent, and wake not the woods with your bay,
Lest ye frighten the deer from the crop, and your brothers go empty away.
Ye may kill for yourselves, your mates, and your cubs as they need, ye can;
But kill not for pleasure of killing, and seven times never kill Man!
If ye plunder his Kill from a weaker, devour not all in thy pride;
Pack-Right is the right of the meanest; so leave him the head and the hide.
The Kill of the Pack is the meat of the Pack. Ye must eat where it lies;
And no one may carry away of that meat to his lair, or he dies.
The Kill of the Wolf is the meat of the Wolf. He may do what he will;
But, till he has given permission, the Pack may not eat of that Kill.
Cub-Right is the right of the Yearling. From all of his Pack he may claim
Full-gorge when the killer has eaten; and none may refuse him the same.
Lair-Right is the right of the Mother. From all of her year she may claim
One haunch of each kill for her litter, and none may deny her the same.
Cave-Right is the right of the Father — to hunt by himself for his own:
He is freed of all calls to the Pack; he is judged by the Council alone.
Because of his age and his cunning, because of his gripe and his paw,
In all that the Law leaveth open, the word of your Head Wolf is Law.
Now these are the Laws of the Jungle, and many and mighty are they;
But the head and the hoof of the Law and the haunch and the hump is — Obey!


Jan 8 2012

#253 Less is More (8)

From a stranger in Halifax, Canada

Please enjoy this selection from “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”
by T.S. Eliot

No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be;
Am an attendant lord, one that will do
To swell a progress, start a scene or two,
Advise the prince; no doubt, an easy tool,
Deferential, glad to be of use,
Politic, cautious, and meticulous;
Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse;
At times, indeed, almost ridiculous -
Almost, at times, the Fool.

I grow old … I grow old…
I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.

Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?
I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.
I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.
I do not think that they will sing to me.

 


Jan 7 2012

#252 Less is More (7)

From Dave (formerly in Las Vegas – currently in the California East Bay)
To see more of Dave’s work, visit his website here.

Two interesting quotes on tattoos. Which do you agree with?

 

“There is no “underground” community, no dark den of drunken sailors initiating themselves into manhood via cheap, ill-conceived exercises in bodily perforation; it’s just a group of people who delight in using their bodies as billboards”.

~Joanne McCubrey, “Walking Art: Tattoos,” Mountain Democrat Weekend magazine, 9 February 1990

 

“A tattoo is a true poetic creation, and is always more than meets the eye.  As a tattoo is grounded on living skin, so its essence emotes a poignancy unique to the mortal human condition.”

~V. Vale and Andrea Juno, Modern Primitives

 

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Jan 5 2012

#250 Less is More (5)

From Jessie in Raleigh, North Carolina

This wolf’s ominously pictured jaws served as the inspiration for this post.

FACT: Immense power is concentrated in a wolf’s jaw. It has a crushing pressure of nearly 1,500 pound per square inch (compared with around 750 for a large dog). The jaws themselves are massive, bearing 42 teeth specialized for stabbing, shearing, and crunching bones. Their jaws also open farther than those of a dog.

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