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The hawk’s underparts are nearly the same color as the thrush’s, an orangey-salmon pink, and its back is similar in color; it made a nice unit. I played with the shapes of the little snow patches and mossy rocks in the setting and brought in those abstract qualities. Most predators are also scavengers—they are opportunists. Bald eagles and ravens hunt and kill for food but they will also feast on a deer that has died from a fall or from winter stress. Cheetahs are an exception. They will not touch prey that is already dead, so they must do their exhausting high-speed pursuit each time they want to eat.
But that doesn’t mean it should be avoided like poison. It has value but should be approached with restraint. I couldn’t resist the two domestic scenes with family dogs. It is sad but true, though, that domestic animals in the Western world often have better living conditions than millions of humans in the developing world. indd 48 10/06/02 3:18 PM o riental art has always touched my soul. Many of my paintings and drawings were inspired, at least in part, by the art and calligraphy of Japan. This influence is evident in paintings like Black-crowned Night Heron Pair, which also contains echoes of James McNeill Whistler, and Serengeti Dusk—White Storks.
There was, and still is, great merit in the “small is beautiful” world, when people took care of themselves and put things together with their own hands, and when human beings were closer to nature. We need to move in that direction again. Old farmhouses and barns, stone fences, a lone windmill—these are reminders of a time when human activities had a gentler effect on the environment. Old Buggy and Winter Birds shows a buggy parked in front of a drive shed, while cardinals, juncos, and song sparrows feed on grain strewn over the ground.
Bateman: New Works by Robert Bateman