We are over run with mule deer here. So much so that people are always asking us if hunting is allowed on our property. It’s not of course. That’s probably why we have so many of them. That doesn’t stop all of the hunter-ly types from pulling out their invisible bows and arrows and letting a few imaginary arrows fly in the deers general direction. We’re not hunters so when we look at the deer we think “how pretty” and not “how delicious.” Some of our friends are certain we are doing this country living thing wrong. Oh well, I only like to shoot things with my camera!
The deer migrate across our property every morning and every evening. It’s like they have 9 to 5 jobs or something. Maybe I should name one of them Dolly Parton! My favorite part is to see the babies. They are extra adorable. They follow their moms around and make cute little bleating sounds when they get separated. It’s pretty neat to watch from the dining room window.
I’ve wanted to paint the deer for a while now, but I could never get a decent picture. They have excellent hearing and run off into the sunset the moment they see any human with a camera. I actually took my reference photos for this painting through a window! Even then they were suspicious. One was staring me straight in the lens so to speak. First one ear twitched. Then the other. Then the nose. Then the two bucks high tailed it to the neighbor’s house. The female deer are less brazen. They stick to the edges and the brush. The males walk right up to the window.
I am pretty happy with how this one came out. I feel like I made it past the 20 day slump. It took me seven days to get my painting mojo back, but that’s OK. Seven is better than ten!
I hope you are enjoying your January. Only a few days left so make the most of them. Get out there and do something to make some memories for the beginning of 2015. Get this year off to a good start.