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Art of the Day: Thursday November 06, 2014

Thor and Goldie; aka Aggression Submission III

- by Virginia Ann Zuelsdorf

This week's theme: The Wolf

Wolves are burned into the human psyche. To a pack of wolves, we are potential prey. If you are in the woods, you might not know they are there until it's too late. If you are in the open, you cannot out run them. Their stealth made them seem almost supernatural and their howl other worldly. Wolves have been revered, viewed as powerful totems and considered part of the spirit world. They have loomed large in the myths of many cultures and populated stories and legends of people for thousands of years. In reality, they wolf has been hunted to extinction in many parts of the world. In my home state of North Carolina, red wolves have been reintroduced into the wild and we now have 100 wolves living in their native habitat. While there are some places where the wolf population is not in danger, many countries have established successful restoration and protection programs.

You can learn more about the world's current population of wolves on wikipedia.

Hear and learn more about the different types of a wolf's howl on pbs.org.


Art: Thor and Goldie; aka Aggression Submission III by Artist Virginia Ann Zuelsdorf

This painting was inspired by my two wolf dogs at play. On the left  is Thor, a wolfdog hybrid (mostly wolf) and  Goldie, also a wolfdog. The name Thor was chosen because of his wolf heritage; it seemed an appropriate name for such a creature.

 The name Thor, in Norse mythology is associated with thunder & lightning, oak trees which symbolize  strength, and the protection of mankind, among other things.. Our home is surrounded by huge live oaks which are often struck by lightning. Thor is my protector and soulmate. Thor is a prominently mentioned god throughout the recorded history of the Germanic people.

Both animals are rescued. They are a joy to live with and their play is very entertaining. It is a  balance of  aggression or dominance and submission. We have almost nightly howl sessions, which I join in. 


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Detail Image for art Thor and Goldie; aka Aggression Submission III

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Detail Image for art Thor and Goldie; aka Aggression Submission III

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Detail Image for art Thor and Goldie; aka Aggression Submission III

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