Given the traditional yet mysterious association of wolves with sexual predation, it is not entirely surprising that this particular wolf is inquiring about little girls. After taking just a quick glance at the demented look in this creature’s eyes and examining his gaping, fang-filled maw, any individual in his right mind would surely take it upon himself to hide the members of his family that are closest to him in order to protect them from harm… especially his children. Interestingly enough, the human animal, much like the wolf, is a creature that can easily share the same aggression that we witness in this particular illustration. It’s somewhat fitting then that this picture achieves common ground with a recent viral video that touches on this subject. Take a look back at the famous interview with Antoine Dodson, and you’ll see what I mean.
This illustration was accompanied with the following letter:
You know, J, I really like the forest, but most of all I love colored lights, in the evenings when I hear the nightingale sing; it warns me of upcoming night. Then the forest gains new sounds. Windy nights remind me of the sea. I don’t know how, but I find myself going into the dark woods. Somehow I feel everything will be perfect; I’ll find the light, even though this forest looks mysterious and scary. Finally, the sounds of the forest connect with the lake and space around me to form the strange shape of a room: the place where I am at this moment… Before my eyes, I see a red glowing table. On this table is a cup of black coffee. This coffee is talking and it smells like fir trees.
Near the coffee is placed an envelope and a note: “My mind depends on this room, there are no mirrors, but it reflects you. Everyone of you.”
I ask myself: Where am I?
And the Coffee says: You’re in a strange shape room. Please, look at the cup. Watch it. In a couple of minutes you’ll meet the woman: she’ll show you a gel. Then she’ll go out.
I: What women?
Coffee: There is something you cannot see. The blue light goes on and the wolf will come. He’ll watch you for a while. Light goes off. Light goes on.
I: No wolf, no wolf, no wolf.
Coffee: Now. Take the old small radio from behind the table. Do you see the door in a left corner of the room? Open it. There will be a
room with strange floors and the cross on the wall. Sit down in the chair. This chair saves people from vampires.
I: Whats next?
Voice of the Coffee from the radio: Look at the mirror. This is a mirror.
You’re the women.
The woman: Hi. I’m wearing black. Do you like me? There… Look! This is the white wolf. He is the owl. Ask him. (she runs away.)
I: What do I ask?! Wait!
Voice of the Coffee: You may be happy now. Get back in the strangely shaped room. Sit down.
Then all becomes dark. I can’t see.
To be continued.
Ahhh… meme-inspired wolf artwork, how I love you. Whether it’s Xhibit, the Nyan Cat, or Pedobear, all Internet memes have some sort of unique appeal. Each meme is strangely universal but also possesses the allure of an inside joke. On display today is a take on the Stare Dad meme. If you’ve never experienced the Stare Dad meme, check out the links below; they’ll take to some of the more famous installments of Stare Dad.
I am always pleased when I receive pictures that are accompanied with words of praise for this project (and even occasionally for myself). Everyone loves a compliment, and of course I am no different. I do have to say, however, that the real VIP of the WBS project was never intended to be me. The true stars are the contributors and their fantastic artwork. How can the person who asks a stranger for a favor be more worthy of praise than the individual who fulfills the request? Simply put, he cannot. The generosity of the one who fulfills the request will always reign supreme, and that’s why I must say now to the stranger in Kearny, New Jersey… “You Rock, Dude!”
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.
For the record, this is the first illustration featuring a Twilight character that I have received from a college student enrolled in a sophomore level history class who likes to doodle on her notes. I just hope she waited until after the test to send this in…
From GMR in Phoenix, Arizona
Since May 1st, 2011, probably as many as a dozen illustrations have been posted on this site which feature the image of a wolf in space or operating some type of flying vehicle. While at first this concept might strike the viewer as strange, it actually makes perfectly good sense. Just as man has for centuries peered into the deepest reaches of space and longed to test the boundaries of the universe, so too does the wolf seem to gaze up at the lonesome moon and cry out with a sort of wistful yearning. And while our hopes and dreams might not be tied together as intimately as we might imagine, the truth of the matter is that that bright, enticing orb which rules the nighttime sky calls to all of us in some mysterious way…
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.”
From Sarah in Chicago, Illinois
Today’s link: Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary (New Mexico)
- To operate and manage a lifetime sanctuary for displaced, unwanted, and un-releasable captive-bred wolves, wolf-dogs, and other related species, utilizing such resources as may be available from local, city, state, and private entities or individuals;
- To educate the general public about wolves, wolf-dogs, and other related species and our environmental and ecological issues related to wildlife;
- To generate self-supporting, sustainable revenue resources to assist in the financial support of the sanctuary.
From Autumn in Chattanooga, Tennessee
Today’s link: wolfsanctuary.net
Wolf was established in order to improve the quality of life for all wolves and wolf-dogs.
Our mission will be met by accomplishing the following strategic objectives:
Rescue – save captive-bred wolves and wolf-dogs whose caretakers are no longer able to provide for them, for whatever reason.
Sanctuary – provide life-long homes that take into account not only the animal’s physical requirements but also its emotional needs.
Education – teach the general public about wolves in order to foster more realistic opinions concerning their value in the wild and the compromises required of their spirit due to captivity.
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
From Joanne and Cody in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (both age 7)
With this note: