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Vole, the shy one! by Marie Theron

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Painted in acrylics on board, using some watercolour techniques for the foliage. This is a small painting and will be available as a card only.

We find the voles very close to my home on the West Coast of South Africa. They live in a thorny bush that they have turned into a multi-storey home with neatly trimmed corridors. Voles are extremely shy and even a slight movement behind a window will make them scatter for shelter.

In Thornburn’s Mammals they are listed with rats and mice. But they are sweeter-looking than rats! He names BANK VOLES,ORKNEY VOLES WATER VOLES and FIELD VOLES. Ours must be field voles.

Thornburn (The complete illustrated Thornburn’s Mammals (Wordsworth Editions, Limited 1997) claims that voles are rat-sized and distinguished from mice by their shorter tails, ears and hind feet, blunter snouts, smaller eyes and longer fur. They also differ in a more completely vegetarian diet.

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On my blog, I have written more about voles and showed their home in an article called: Our Voles are just too Cute Here is a photo of their homes:

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I am a qualified art lecturer, now retired and living in Cape Town. My main topic in art is the West Coast of South Africa, and I invite you to visit my blog where you will get to know me better, as well as the lovely area that I love to paint.

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  • Susan van Zyl
    Susan van Zylabout 4 years ago

    Thank you for the submission into the ♫.•°°African Art At heART°°•.♫ Group
    19 October 2010

  • Thank you, Susan!

    – Marie Theron

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonabout 4 years ago

    Hierdie is te pragtig marie, Dankie dat jy dit by ons groep gelas het!

  • Dankie, Maree!

    – Marie Theron

  • Ken Powers
    Ken Powersabout 4 years ago

    Very nice Marie! Excellent work!

  • Thank you, Ken!

    – Marie Theron

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoabout 4 years ago

  • Oh, such a cute banner! Thank you very much, Janice!

    – Marie Theron

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 4 years ago

    This is so cute, great work Marie

  • Thank you, Andrea!

    – Marie Theron

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1about 4 years ago


  • Thank you, Shulie!

    – Marie Theron

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 4 years ago

    Excellent artwork, well done!

  • Thank you, Magaret!

    – Marie Theron

  • hollyann
    hollyannabout 4 years ago

    very sweet

  • Thank you, hollyann! Regards from Cape Town!

    – Marie Theron

  • Pam Humbargar
    Pam Humbargarabout 4 years ago

    What a cute little critter…lovely work!

  • Than you, Pam!

    – Marie Theron

  • leystan
    leystanabout 4 years ago

    nice, delicate work – u got my vote.

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