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Spirit Catcher by BarbBarcikKeith

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20×26 pastel on velvet paper. Original unavailable. 50% of sales will be donated to Wolf Hollow

As of 05-26-14, 1205 views and 9 favorited.

CHALLENGES: Contemporary Pastel Painters – New Avatar – Top 10; AMAZING WILDLIFE MAMMALS – Amazing Wolves – Top 10;
FEATURES: Wolves in Art; Contemporary Pastel Painters Group; Revealed; Painters Academics;

Social structure Wolves function as social predators and hunt in packs organized according to strict, rank-oriented social hierarchies. It was originally believed that this comparatively high level of social organization was related to hunting success, and while this still may be true to a certain extent, emerging theories suggest that the pack has less to do with hunting and more to do with reproductive success.

The pack is led by the two individuals that sit atop the social hierarchy: the alpha male and the alpha female. The alpha pair has the greatest amount of social freedom compared to the rest of the pack. Although they are not “leaders” in the human sense of the term, they help to resolve any disputes within the pack, have the greatest amount of control over resources (such as food), and, most importantly, they help keep the pack cohesive and functional.

The ranks in a wolf pack are the alpha pair, the beta pair, the delta pair, the elders, the sentinel pair, and the omega pair. Alphas are the most dominant, omegas are the lowest of all, being harassed and shoved to the side.

While most alpha pairs are monogamous, there are exceptions. An alpha animal may preferentially mate with a lower-ranking animal, especially if the other alpha is closely related (a brother or sister, for example). The death of one alpha does not affect the status of the other alpha, who will quickly take another mate.

Usually, only the alpha pair is able to rear a litter of pups successfully. Other wolves in a pack may breed, but when resources are limited, time, devotion, and preference will be given to the alpha pair’s litter. Therefore, non-alpha parents of other litters within a single pack may lack the means to raise their pups to maturity of their own accord. All wolves in a pack assist in raising wolf pups. Some mature individuals choosing not to disperse may stay in their original packs so as to reinforce it and help rear more pups.

The size of the pack may change over time and is controlled by several factors, including habitat, personalities of individual wolves within a pack, and food supply. Packs can contain between 2 and 20 wolves, though 8 is a more typical size. New packs are formed when a wolf leaves its birth pack, finds a mate, and claims a territory. Lone wolves searching for other individuals can travel very long distances seeking out suitable territories. Dispersing individuals must avoid the territories of other wolves because intruders on occupied territories are chased away or killed. It is taboo for one wolf to travel into another wolf’s territory unless invited. Most dogs, except perhaps large, specially bred attack dogs, do not stand much of a chance against a pack of wolves protecting its territory from an intrusion.(information from Wikipedia)

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I love what I do and I do what I love.. been drawing for over 60 years now – I hope I’ve got it right.

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  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 6 years ago


  • Teleis
    Teleisover 6 years ago

    wonderful work, they are beautiful, and you really captured some lovely interaction……..and I like that it comes with eduactional materials!!

  • pat oubridge
    pat oubridgeover 6 years ago

    Into my favourites with this one Barb…….exquisite

  • Gregory Ewanowich
    Gregory Ewanowichover 6 years ago
    Beautiful work! The Wolf is such an amazing animal!
  • Brian Towers
    Brian Towersover 6 years ago

    I would very much like to paint wild animals, albeit with no expectations of getting anywhere near your standard B. However, I don’t live near a zoo and can find very little source material (photos) which are inspiring and without copyright restrictions. Any suggestions?

  • First off, what would you be looking for. I may have a source for you but I would need to know if he has what you want first. Let me know.

    – BarbBarcikKeith

  • Carolyn Staut
    Carolyn Stautover 6 years ago

    You are such a wonderful artistic storyteller! Your art takes us on the journey of the story of the wolves, their lives and their personality. What beautiful work.

  • pollyh
    pollyhover 6 years ago

    Simply Superb!!! Brilliant Legend, thanks so much for sharing!

  • CMCphotoart
    CMCphotoartover 6 years ago

    The Wolf is dear to my heart. Stigmatised, misunderstood, hated and persecuted to extinction, victim of horrific deeds by mankind, he is just another innocent dweller of Earth. This lovely rendition conveys the intense beauty of his body and spirit, the regal creature he indeed is..

  • Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo
    Patricia Anne ...over 6 years ago

    wow Lovely!

  • foxykya1
    foxykya1over 6 years ago

    I LOVE Your work!

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