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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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pyro-helfier Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011   General Artist
You do such beautiful work and I enjoy reading your descriptions and hearing a cool story or learning something new. :)
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:meow: Thank you! I'm happy to have viewers as awesome as you! :highfive:
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pyro-helfier Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011   General Artist
Welcome :D D'aww thanks lol
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Xandegard Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
Masterpiece!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:la: :hug:
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Shadow-D-Keeper Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This has been featured here [link] =)
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NIkey84 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Tremendous picture! Bright, sated! The autumn is felt. Very much it was pleasant :)
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:bow: Thank you very much!
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Melimaiel Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your work has been featured here [link] :heart:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :hug:
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minimeany Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
I featured your painting! :clap: I hope you'll have a look! :hug:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I had a look and enjoyed it!:hug: You gathered so many wonderful artworks (and well organized too!) Thanks for including one of my paintings. :meow:
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minimeany Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
Thank you! :D
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Momotte2 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful ! :love:
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frenchfox Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
Wonderful piece of Art ! :omfg: :clap:
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TheBigMC Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Great Detail!
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
Beatiful wrok on them
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aconite-pawlove Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome! And congrats for winning the second place in ~Wildlife-Artist open contest!! :clap:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:excited: Thanks!
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aconite-pawlove Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
you're welcome ;)
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redwatergr Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
did you ever see the movie "ring of bright water" ? its a really sad movie =[
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
No, but I've heard about it and how sad it is :(
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redwatergr Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
lol yes its a tearjerker.
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blazingstorm Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, the detail and colour in this is amazing! :)
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Wulff-Arts Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful painting!Color and detail great!
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RoguePyrat Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
YAY!! Otters are so cool :D
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Totally! :headbang:
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RoguePyrat Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
Yeah, they do :D
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WilliamSnape Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
I'm speechless...what a beautyful Painting! :clap:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug:
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MuffyMorrigan Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
:love: :tighthug: Lovely!
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NoBuddy-else Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
'Tis absolutely wonderful! :wow::heart:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :hug:
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Vulkanette Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
I featured this wonderful artwork in my journal ;-) [link]
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:iconkermityayplz: Thank you so much for featuring this and "Fowl Foreign:Garth"! :hug: :highfive:
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Vulkanette Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
You're most welcome. Your work is so beautiful :hug:
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Lobitah Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist
This is so cute! I love otters :3 And these two look just adorable! And the background is amazing :heart:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, thanks, thanks, and oh, thanks again! :tighthug: It was a challenging piece but I'm glad I decided to make it. :)
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Vulkanette Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Wow! Beautiful work!
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Bodghia Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010   Photographer
amazing!
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