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The Journey by ART-fromthe-HEART The Journey by ART-fromthe-HEART
River otters are an uncommon sight where I live, for our creeks are too irregular and shallow. But not far away, the playful animals have been seen in rivers and, sadly, in roads. River otters generally live in small families consisting of a mother and her offspring. They’re always playing and can move equally well on water and land. When used to people, they can even be posers. The two otters at the NC zoo posed for me last time I visited. They gave me the wonderful reference for this painting! Having otters in the local water is a lucky thing to have – not just because they’re uncommon, but because they’re sensitive to pollution. Otters can tell when waters are damaged and they will leave their home to safer areas. In the past years, otters have been in a “threatened” status because they were hunted for their shiny, soft fur. Several tens of thousands were hunted in one year, killing the entire population is New Mexico, Florida, and most of South Carolina. They’ve been reintroduced to many of the affected areas are bringing back these beautiful creatures.

No matter where the river otter goes, they’re always on a journey. Maybe to the next den, maybe to fresher water, or possibly the next adventure. I’m proud to call river otters my neighbors (even if the creeks nearby are empty…for now.)

“The Journey” 18x24” acrylic on canvas. © Cara Bevan 2010

Time: 60 hrs 10 min
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LaughingKing Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
Amazingly Beautiful. All the colors work well with each other and the otters bring out an emotion in the art piece. Love It!

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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:love: Thank you!
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Ravenroseserpent Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I love the forest in the background and the otters are cute
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Thank you!
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OlderLocoBoy Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thats why theres no ptters around where i work exsept for a toy one named andy
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:< I see very few of them, they hang around waaay too close to the road. But they're rumored to be around. Maybe they'll find their way to creeks near you someday.
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OlderLocoBoy Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
otters are the best they look so cut next to BNSF SD70ACE locomotives because there so epic and they way there lives go on with out a care to the world they do great and wonderful things both the locomotives and otters of the countrey will someday unite i think BNSF is doing a program to keep water ways clean of wreck remains,oil,and freight that fell off the cars i know A&M is doing that so theres some good news theres also bad news the poor otters might cross the main line and branch lines and get hit there was one otter i sall sitting on a old switcher locomotive cab he must of thought he chould do the work lol
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NoBuddy-else Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
Feels like being right there and looking at him with no screen in between. :nod: :heart: You always make them look so real and lifelike!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:love: Thank you!
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celeste1528 Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
beautiful :heart:
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