The Grassland Series


     

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American Badger (16 by 20" acrylic on masonite)

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American Badger (16 by 20" acrylic on masonite)
I have been wanting to paint a Badger for the longest time, they are an important species on the grasslands. In Alberta they are a major benefit for the endangered Burrowing owl which nest in old Badger holes after the Badgers cleaned up the ground squirrels which initially made the underground burrow. I was on a trip to gather some references one day and seen this Badger just off the highway in mid day which was unusual since they are nocturnal animals. I pulled over, grabbed my camera and started heading towards it snapping pictures none stop. The Badger then walked into some tall grass where it paused for a moment, then charged me! It was quite funny actually but I found out that day that Badgers could run pretty fast that's for sure. Once the Badger decided I wasn't a threat anymore it headed back to its burrow where I snapped a few more photos which I used as references for this painting. I added a Bull Thistle in the foreground as an indication that this location is on the grasslands since Bull Thistle are practically everywhere in this region.
Posted on October 24, 2013
Colin Starkevich