Jun 21 2011

#52 “At Peace…”

From Paul in Seattle, Washington.

While it may be thrilling to examine illustrations of the wolf as it strikes a defensive pose or launches in for an offensive attack on a prey, there is also an undeniable joy t0 be gained by viewing this peaceful, sleeping wolf. This is certainly a side of the natural predator that we don’t see very often, but this doesn’t mean that it is less true or less valid than the other, more aggressive sides of the wolf that we may be more familiar with.

Through some brief email correspondence with Paul, I learned that his girlfriend is a veterinarian and that she had volunteered to display some WBS flyers at her place of business. Upon hearing this, I knew instantly that this couple held a special place in their hearts for all animals and that they viewed our wild brethren through a lens of love rather than aggression. If today you are overwhelmed with the slings and arrows of this life that so often bring us down or you feel more like the helpless prey than the bold predator, I hope your eyes will fall upon this illustration and it will bring you peace.

For while it is true that security and beauty can abide in strength, there is a power that lies in peace as well.

Thank you, Paul, for bringing this to our attention.

May 21 2011

#21 “Salvador Wolf”

From a stranger in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Recently my wife and I visited the High Museum in Atlanta in order to view a temporary exhibit featuring many of the later works of Salvador Dali. Overall this exhibit was one of the most beautifully moving artistic experiences of my life. I have viewed pieces in person at the Prado in Madrid, several museums in London, and a few stateside as well, but these works by Dali somehow managed to surpass them all. The sheer magnitude of the size of the paintings was breathtaking enough, but the beautifully minute details combined with the fantastic coloring and religious symbolism all came together to create masterpieces beyond words.

The influence of Dali on this wolf illustration is spledidly overt. Evidence of this comes in the form of the pencil-thin “Dali” mustache which was included in many of his own works, the clock which is a tribute to the famous Persistence of Memory, the stakes/crutches which make up the wolf’s legs and are reminiscent of Dali’s 1937 masterpiece Sleep* (pictured below), the barren landscape, and finally the burning wolf which is a nod to the burning giraffe from Dali’s Inventions of the Monsters.

Like Dali and his work, the wolf is an artistic masterpiece beyond description. Thank you, stranger from Chapel Hill for reminding us that the surreal is always around us, even in the natural world.

*Interestly enough this wolf illustration was drawn inside a blank card which featured this Dali masterpiece on its front cover.