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Art of the Day: Thursday October 26, 2017

Rat Fancy original ATC painting

- by Nancy Denommee

This week's theme: Rats

Humans and rats have always shared living space so it makes sense that rats have figured in the stories we've told for thousands of years. And they aren't picky. They make appearances in all genres of story telling. Some of these rats aren't particularly appealing, but some of them are the characters we root for. E.B. White and Kenneth Grahame created Templeton, Stuart Little and Ratty for their well loved books "Charlotte's Web", "Stuart Little", and "Wind and the Willows". Camus' "La Peste" and Lovecraft's "The Rats In the Walls" present less affectionate portrayals of the members of genus Rattus. From around 500 BCE and Aesop's Fables, to the late Medieval period's "The Pied Piper of Hamelin", all the way up to the 21st Century's "Ratatouille, the results of our creativity have included the rat.


Art: Rat Fancy original ATC painting by Artist Nancy Denommee
This is my entry into this month's Nibble Fest Art Contest. The theme is rodent. Appropriate as this is the "year of the rat" in the Chinese calendar. I must admit I was swayed by one of our postage stamps. A highly decorated rat. This is my own version. He is carrying a little umbrella almost as colorful as he himself. One of a kind original. Signed and dated on front. Signed, dated and titled on back.

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