• Jaci Presley

The Orignal Mini Gouache Animals

I started with simple animal portraits in 2015, generally interesting or endangered creatures. They are exclusively gouache on 3x3" or 2.5x3.5 canvas. Species and stories below.

Some of them have stories.

Zechariah 14.20 is a sloppily rendered mini of a horse I owned and loved, and a scripture telling of horses in the Heavenly realm:

"In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD"

Bells were used on the lead mares so the herder could always find his herd and so the other mare would always follow her. Mares lead, stallions follow.

Saiga Antelope fascinate me with their droopy muzzles.

They are small CRITICALLY ENDANGERED antelope of the Mongolian Steppe. They are endangered because of human poaching, but also due to their own susceptibility to disease that can wipe out hundreds of antelope in a few days.

In May of 2015, more than 200,000 Saiga died within days due to a bacterial infection in the uteruses of the does. It is a complex (and dire) situation.

As a result of starting these mini portraits, I have become more aware of endangered

species, unusual species, newly discovered species, and the fragile world we live in.

The Tibetan Sand Fox (Least Concern)

The Carolina Parakeet is extinct. That makes me sad to think we had a native parakeet in the Colonies, and we managed to kill it off.

I'm rather partial to birds and probably would have aided in their demise by keeping one as a pet.

White Breasted Nuthatch (Least Concern)

Striped Hyena (LC)

The Saffron Toucanet - I didn't even know there was such a thing until I started looking for subjects to paint! It is a native to Brazil and is considered Near Threatened unlike it's relative, the Toucan (below).

There are many Toucans, Aricaris, and Toucanets, most of Least Concern like the Keel-billed Toucan below (I really need to try that one again and add some anthropomorphic traits)

A tiny dik-dik (Least Concern)

Dik-diks don't grow much taller than 12 to 15" (30-40cm) and are from Tanzania, Africa.

The Black Rhino is faring fairly well, but is still considered Critically Endangered.

This guy is the last of the stories.

His name is Charley and he has a message for you. "Why, Yes, I'd Love a Taste of You."

Just a Grizzly Bear looking for a snack. ;-)

The rest of the minis in this gallery are all common animals and are of Least Concern. That doesn't make them any less important to the ecosystem or to my development of my style

There's a pair of common wildebeest (Blue Gnus).

A River Otter pup

An ostrich baby

A Happy Hippo

A red fox

Flamingo Mother and chick

And last - an Arctic Hare in his Winter Clothes.

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