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22.00" H x 18.00" W
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Common Otter's at water's edge (Lutra lutra) UK.
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Price: $12,500 USD


This painting was both a challenge and a delight to produce and the composition one that seemed to fall into place quite easily. The subject a pair of Common Otter's (Lutra lutra) at the water's edge located on a pebbled beach with driftwood and seaweed to provide a balanced and authentic setting. Both the subject and the pebbles were a test for an artists abilities as it provided an opportunity to work on two totally different textures, the soft hair of the otter's and the tone and shape of the hard texture of the pebbles. Each posed a challege because light and shade and the needed to portray a three dimensional appearence was always paramount. In other words the otter's had to be living breathing subjects while the pebbles had to seem so real one could pick them up. Apart from being fun loving creatures otters are extremely alert animals therefore I wanted to show this within the painting.


The Common Otter (Lutra lutra) is a fairly large carnivor of the weasel family, it's a water dwelling mammal and usually found on river banks and estuaries, deserted coastal areas and even offshore island. They are mostly found in western Britain, Europe, northern Africa, a large part of Asia, and in North America and have a diet mostly of fish, although they also catch frogs and less frequently small mammals and birds. These creatures are naturally solitary secretive animals but at the same time enjoy playing. They are extremely skilled swimmers with their beautiful streamlined body webbed feet and thick tapering tail acting as a supurb rudder. Their burrows are built with underwater entrances and the holt or breeding nest is merely a tunnel among tree roots, a hole in the river bank or in a hollow fallen tree. With no definite breeding season two to four blind cubs are born with both the dog (male) and bitch (female) take care of the young. However this parental arrangement soon end once the young are capable of looking after themselves with the dog moving out to live on his own. In some geographic area's of it's range the otter is considered not threatened however in some areas it's quite rare.        

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