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The Art of Carl Brenders

The artistic visions of Carl Brenders reflect his respect for nature. His precise and lively paintings capture the extreme realism of the birds, mammals and habitats he depicts. Brenders paints every detail of his wildlife images – feathers, hair, leaves or pine thorns – until, he says, “they get into my skin.”

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Sovereign Gold

“One of the most exciting things in nature is to make eye contact with a predator. In normal circumstances, this close contact is impossible, but most wildlife artist have easy access to the world of falconry and are privileged to get very close to the birds. It is the perfect way to study these magnificent creatures, and it really stimulates one to paint close-up like this…As a texture painter, it allows me to paint real feathers and not to forget the beak and – the eyes!

“The eyes are the most important element of this painting. The eagle’s eye must be one of the most remarkable things in creation. Very few animals have the same capacity of seeing. Their eyesight is two-and-a-half times keener than our own. This enables them to spot prey from miles away. With their regal bearing and intense gaze, the golden eagle is among the most fascinating of all raptors.” – Carl Brenders.

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A Lunch Date
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Forest Sentinel

The truth about this painting is that I got my inspiration from a nice photograph in an animal lovers’ weekly. A nice Scottish wild cat watched through a double growing birch tree full of lichens. This photograph gave me a kick because better scenery and position of the bobcat was difficult to imagine.Inspiration is a strange thing and can come to you in a very unexpected way, sometimes in the field, sometimes in a bookshop or library, sometimes by reading a text about the behavior of a certain animal.

The reason this photograph was so special to me was that once in Colorado, on a dirt road, I saw four young bobcats crossing, remaining a little bit at the other side of the road. I wanted to see the mother, but she did not appear. The scenery was exactly like in the photograph. I took an American birch and American lichens. All the items were there to make an exciting bobcat painting.

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No Trespassing

“Surprisingly, as an experienced outdoorsman, I had never met wild turkeys on my way, before coming to the USA,” says artist Carl Brenders. “In Belgium, a turkey is a bird that is served at the dinner table. So, I was amazed and excited when I saw a big family of wild turkeys in the field. I was very impressed by their mysterious behavior. These birds have character, and they fit well in any kind of landscape. I made a switch in my mind: this bird doesn’t look like a chicken but like a wonderful wild creature. Because they are wild, they don’t mind fences or private property ‘no trespassing’ signs. They just go!”

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Riverbank Kestrel

In my paintings, color combinations are very important. Sometimes the colors of a background are just begging for a certain complementary color. The kestrel’s colors fit perfectly into this background of bluish to yellowish lichens and mosses.

Kestrels spend a lot of time hovering in the air, looking for food on the ground. Their colors are usually not so easy to see. Only when they fly in front of forests or mountains does their real beauty become visible. I wanted that excitement in my painting, so I used a quiet, dark background, in which I let the bird sit instead of fly. This way the viewer can forget his frustration about wild birds that always fly away and never can be watched for very long.

In nature, things are often passed by without close attention. When one starts painting them, they become fascinating, like this riverbank.

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Companions

A painter is a privileged being, because in his imagination he can come very close to the animals he paints. For the few weeks that I worked on this painting, I felt very close to these two wolves, and little by little they became alive. In reality, one can never come this close to wild animals, particularly if they are predators.

At one time wolves were found everywhere in the Northern Hemisphere, therefore, the background I chose for this painting could easily be found in the Northeast. The United States is a wonderful country, but man, the wolf’s primary enemy, forced the wolf out of the Northeast as he did in most of the country, so in my painting I tried to reintroduce him there. The color difference found in individual wolves is a wonderful thing, and it made an interesting contrast for this painting.

-Carl Brenders

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Chickadees & Apple Tree

Chickadees have found their way into a number of Brenders’ paintings over the years, since he has been coming to Canada . “Chickadees and Apple Tree” recalls one of his fondest memories when a pair of these bold little guys were harvesting some apples on a roadside apple tree.

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Endangered Ambassadors – Tiger Cubs
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Mating Call – Bull Elk
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Fisherman’s Wharf – Three Puffins
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Brotherly Love
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The Shell Game
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Hide and Seek

One of Carl Brenders’ biggest fears is that in his lifetime it could be possible that he will witness the extinction of the most beautiful cat in the wild. “As a child,” he says, “I never knew about extinction. I thought that everything would be there forever. Dreams about big, wild animals in the jungle were always in my head. But every new life in the wild brings hope for this, the most wonderful predator on the planet.”

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Rough and Tumble

Watching children at play, I always enjoy their spontaneous movements and tremendous flexibility, sometimes a little bit uncontrolled. The tendency to play all the time is one of the great charms of childhood. Watching young animals, one can discover the same behavior. The playful expression in their eyes can be compared to that of human young ones. Their apparently unlimited energy for playing is amazing as their tremendous inspiration to find new games.

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Phantom of the Tundra

Long before its most recent role as Harry Potter’s Hedwig, the snowy owl reigned in myth and legend. From North America to Scandinavia to Russia, stories were told of a big white bird known by many names: Ghost Owl, Tundra Ghost, Ookpik, White Terror of the North. To those, Carl Brenders adds “The Phantom of the Tundra.”There’s a good chance that Hedwig is not the only Snowy Owl you’ve seen more of recently. Thanks to an abundance of rodents on their breeding grounds for the past few years (lemmings being their prey of choice), Snowy Owl pairs have reproduced in large numbers. With the adults protecting their own winter territories, this population explosion has sent the younger birds up to 2,000 miles south, away from their regular Arctic stomping grounds in search of new hunting areas.

With “The Phantom of the Tundra,” Brenders presents a female in her nest, a shallow hollow she has scraped out of the bare ground and pressed her body into. With the striking realism that is his trademark, every nuance of her tundra home is realized in exacting detail. “But your eye still goes straight to the owl’s eye,” Brenders says. “What a shame after all that work!”

“The Phantom of the Tundra” Fine Art Limited Editions are as meticulously reproduced as Brenders’ detailed paintings. So true to the striking tactile realism of his originals they reflect the artist’s philosophy that “Nature is perfect. This is why I paint the way I do ― with so much detail and so much realism ― I want to capture that perfection.”

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Top of the World

On top of our wonderful planet, and close to the top in the tundra areas, lives a beautiful white creature, who appears to be cute, but who in reality, is very dangerous. The polar bear is also among the top predators, completely adapted to the extreme cold climate of the far North and an excellent swimmer; the nightmare of the seals!
Some polar bears never leave the ice and really live on the top of the world, but some come as far south as Hudson Bay. During the summer, they live almost like the grizzly, eating berries and ground squirrels.

The scenery in my painting is the actual tundra. I wanted to show (and enjoy painting) the powerful claws of the polar bear in contrast with its delicate white fur. The peaceful, innocent glance in the eyes of the polar bear is deceiving; this white beauty is a dangerous killer, but necessary in the cycle of life on our planet.

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Trailblazer

In one of America’s beautiful national parks I saw a sign warning tourists: “The bears are where they can find you!” It is nice to know that they are there, but you don’t want to cross their path when you’re on a hiking trip. Bears don’t like surprises. They cover a lot of ground and can appear any moment at any place. The eternal advice is to make noise to make them aware of your presence. But if there is something in nature I like, then it is just the silence and the fragile sounds around you, like birds, frogs and insects, and on a rainy day, the drops of rain in the water.
Because of your awareness, your imagination works and you expect to see a bear at any moment. An encounter with a grizzly bear can have a dramatic end. The only safe way to meet him is in a painting. That’s what I did in this one. I wanted to portray the thrill of meeting this big male and share that feeling with you.

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Balance of Nature

Traveling throughout North America, I get very excited about the old wooden fences one can see in the rural areas; they are excellent for making a nice composition in a painting. Raptors often choose the fences as a perch, so it was evident that I would use just such a fence for my first painting of a red-tailed hawk. The hawk in this painting is part of the zigzag made by the fence and heightens the feeling of depth.

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Waiting for Mom
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Memories of Tchaikovsky

Since my childhood, I have been fascinated by how a white object can get so many colors when the sun plays with it. When such an object is a white bird, it becomes a real treat in a late afternoon sun. The delicate, slightly transparent feathers allow an artist to paint in a lot more different tints than he first thought he would.

The challenge in this painting was rendering the texture of the feathers with all the creamy and bluish tints and retain the appearance of a white bird. Since I listen mostly to classical music while working, I like to refer to that in my titles. When I see swans, I always think of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. I think the title, Memories of Tchaikovsky, suits the romantic poetry in this painting very well.

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Time Out – Grizzly Cub

“Among baby animals, bear cubs are surely the funniest. They seem to be excited about every little object they find on the ground. They can jump and roll like crazy, just because of a little stick or a leaf they found. This can last several minutes. Then they can settle down as if they are ready to sleep, surprisingly jumping up again, looking for another exciting object, sometimes sharing it with a brother or a sister. It is great to observe young animals, which always remind me of playing children. ”

~Carl Brenders

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Pride of Place

Pride Of Place coffee table book featuring 154 colour pictures and numerous black and white sketches, studies, and finished drawings. Also, the book opens to a foreword written by Carl’s colleague, Robert Bateman!

Carl Brenders love for all creatures, from the friendly to the ferocious, is evident in his masterful attention to their every detail; nothing is overlooked. A dedicated conservationist, Brenders brings us close enough to wild animals so that we can almost feel their textures.

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Catching Up With Mom
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Talk on the Old Fence
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East of the Sun

“The day will come when, unfortunately even if you were to travel to the farthest corners of the earth, you will not find these endangered cats roaming free in the wild. These beautiful creatures will be found in zoos and seen in photos or in paintings such as these.”

-Carl Brenders

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Kalahari
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Picnic Perch
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An Autumn Gentleman
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Take Five
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Summer Roses
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Spellbound
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Trick or Treat
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Sudden Encounter – Bull Moose
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Red Alert – Red Tailed Hawk
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The Babysitter
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Off Limits – Bobcat
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Rocky Camp – Cougar Family
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Last Watch
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Fir and Feathers
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Close to Mom
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Crowning Glory – Golden-Crowned Kinglets
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The Good Life – Cougar

If you’ve ever envied your cat’s life of indulgence, you will immediately relate to this beautiful cougar, luxuriating in the freedom of the good life.

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Double Dare

You know how it is when youngsters play – nobody wants to be outdone, especially by a sibling, and the games get progressively more daring. On a recent trip to Yellowstone, Brenders spotted two black cubs, frolicking and playing under the watchful eye of their mother, who was eating berries nearby.

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In the Black – Black-Capped Chickadees
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Steadfast and Resolute – Wolf
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Esprit de Corps – Arctic Wolves
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Symphony in Blue

“The inspiration for this painting came when I was doing fieldwork, studying tigers in the Calgary Zoo.  There, quite a few peacocks walked around freely.  Moving from the tigers to the lions, my attention was captured at once by this nice young male peacock.”~ Carl Brenders

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Home Field Advantage – Coyote

“I did some experimenting with backlighting, which makes this painting different than my other work.  My model was almost an adult, but still young, and the challenge of this painting was to capture the inexperienced, innocent look of a youngster”  ~ Carl Brenders

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New to the Neighbourhood

“It was interesting to show the power of nature, painting a one thousand year old juniper tree growing on a rock, left there in prehistory. So, the animals that I put in this magnificent scenery are quite new to this incredible landscape, which was formed long before their existence. The meaning of the title refers mainly to the above, but it can also be interpreted that the cougar is new to the neighbourhood and disturbs the magpies or vice-versa; I leave you, the viewer, the choice.” ~ Carl Brenders

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Eye of the Beholder

The focus of this amazing piece is within the eye of an owl, fixed intently on something not revealed to the viewer.

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Nosing Around

If somebody asks me what I think is the most American mammal, I hesitate between the cougar and black bear.

Nowadays, since the cougar’s habitat is very reduced and the black bear does so well in a large variety of habitats, I think he is the winner. His name in Latin is Ursus americanus — not more, not less than “American bear.”

Certain habitats are not complete without a black bear in them. On a field trip in the Juneau area in southern Alaska, I had the most wonderful opportunities for bear watching in the most beautiful scenery that a hiker could dream of. The evidence of bears was visible everywhere, and we couldn’t avoid a few close encounters.

The devil’s club plants were in full fall colors and made the forest into a real wonderland. Juneau is famous for its rain in the fall season, but rain can create a very special atmosphere in dense forests. So much water causes the development of lots of mosses — they have more than 80 species there.

My mind was loaded with inspiration. You have the result in front of you!

— Carl Brenders

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Amber Gaze – Snowy Owl

It is always mysterious when one sees an owl flying at night. One doesn’t expect to see a bird flying in the dark. It is a shame that the owl’s beautiful eyes are wide open when we are sleeping. They are too sensitive to strong daylight.This is different in the north. There lives a completely white owl that hunts during the day. He is one of the few exceptions, together with the great gray owl. The white coat of the snowy owl makes his wonderful yellow eyes stand out. They look like amber set in silver jewelry. That was the inspiration for this painting.

The male snowy owl is almost completely white, while the female is spotted over most of the body. Surprisingly, the chicks can look quite gray. My best opportunity to see them came during my fieldwork for polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba. There, the snowy owl shares the tundra with all those other white creatures such as ptarmigans and Arctic foxes

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Flash of Sapphire – Blue Jay

Dale Shields, alias the Pelican Man of the Bird Sanctuary he founded in Sarasota, Florida, once told me about an idea he had for a saying: “When one comes out and hears the birds singing, one is in tune with the universe. But if one comes out and doesn’t hear them, one is in big trouble.” This reminds me of the English poet Robert Browning’s Song from Pippa Passes: “The year’s at the spring…The lark’s on the wing…All’s right with the world!”In spring, when nature wakes up after a long winter, it transforms the landscape into a real wonderland. Shrubs and trees start to bloom, anxious to keep their species going. Birds get into their breeding plumage, a delight for any birder. These are the treasures of spring.

North American birds are as familiar to me as the European birds. Few European birds have colors as bright as those of the cardinal, goldfinch and blue jay. For a long time, I struggled with the idea for a cardinal painting, but when I saw the beauty of the blooming redbud trees, I chose to do a triptych: Three of my favorite North American birds would be the stars, instead of only one. Blue, red and yellow — the three main colors — all of them in the same scenery! It was an enormous task, but the satisfaction was in proportion. I am very happy that I can bring the spring into people’s houses. These redbud trees bloom just as winter fades and spring arrives. The blossoms appear long before the leaves, and the display is spectacular.

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Gleam of Gold – Goldfinches

Dale Shields, alias the Pelican Man of the Bird Sanctuary he founded in Sarasota, Florida, once told me about an idea he had for a saying: “When one comes out and hears the birds singing, one is in tune with the universe. But if one comes out and doesn’t hear them, one is in big trouble.” This reminds me of the English poet Robert Browning’s “Song from Pippa Passes”: “The year’s at the spring …. The lark’s on the wing …. All’s right with the world!”

In spring, when nature wakes up after a long winter, it transforms the landscape into a real wonderland. Shrubs and trees start to bloom, anxious to keep their species going. Birds get into their breeding plumage, a delight for any birder. These are the treasures of spring.

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Just Shy of Sly

From all of the canids (dog family), without any doubt, the fox is the easiest to watch, since it lives so close to people, almost among us. Foxes are opportunists. They are where the food is easy to find. So, it is not difficult for a real nature lover to find, somewhere in his neighborhood, a hidden fox den. When the den doesn’t show any spider webs inside, it’s usually occupied, and with a little bit of luck, it will be a natal den. (Foxes have more than one den; some to hide and sleep, one for their litter.) Once located, it is a question of patience. Sooner or later, a nice scene will unfold before your eyes. Well hidden against the direction of the wind, one will witness the little ones coming out to discover this wonderful new world. First shy, very careful, these one-month-old kits examine every little rock, leaf, stick or grass blade around the den. It was a challenge to portray and capture that look in the eyes of such a little creature. It is not different than that of our pets when they were young and playful.

A fox litter varies between three and six kits. It’s not unusual that different color phases occur within the same litter. The most attractive, though, is the reddish version. It does justice to the name “red fox,” although foxes can be grayish and almost black.

— Carl Brenders

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Trail Mix

One of my passions is walking on this wonderful planet, in the wild areas where encounters with animals can always occur. The rhythm of my steps stimulates me to go further and further. It is a kind of meditation. There is always that question: What will I see behind that corner? The trail is inviting. Especially in the parks in the West: Yellowstone, Glacier, Grand Canyon, etc., the scenes are fascinating. Tracks of animals are everywhere, and with a little bit of luck, you can surprise one.

In the parks, where there is no hunting, the animals are not shy, and at certain places they get so familiar with hikers that they become very cooperative and sometimes even pose for you (it makes me think about paradise).

The subject of this painting comes from such a close encounter. It was in Teton National Park high up in the mountains. For twenty minutes, I wasn’t more than three feet away from this little ground squirrel. It enjoyed eating the mixture of plants and flowers, and those are among my favorite subjects, too. Painting plants and flowers is a special discipline, and painting small mammals always allows you to introduce some very detailed vegetation in the scene. Botanical illustration was important in my early career. I sometimes select my subjects to be able to paint plants and flowers again. This was one of them.

Golden-mantled ground squirrels usually dig burrows under brush, stumps or near a rock such as this. Active in the daytime, they love to sun themselves and make a variety of sounds such as squeaks, chirps, chatters and even whistles to warn of predators.

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On a Journey

It is quite evident that Africa is more exotic for me than North America. This painting results straight out of fieldwork I did in Botswana, where I could follow a lion family for a full day. The pride was on their way to join another lioness, a member of the pride, that had given birth to two young cubs. Such a mother separates from the pride for a certain period until the cubs are big enough to join their cousins and older siblings, playing with them without the risk of being hurt.The Okavango Delta in Botswana is a vast wetlands area, one-third of the whole country. The lions in that area don’t mind the water, since they have no choice. We saw them crossing the lakes and meanders of the river. The cubs were not able to reach the bottom, so they had to swim. What you see in the painting is cubs not yet completely dry. I am really pleased with the result, because such fur texture is a real challenge for me.

The cubs discover the world under the watchful eye of their mother. The nice relationship between mother and child is an important element in this painting.

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Two Amigos

The dog family is well-represented in the natural world by many different species all over the world: Dingos in Australia; wild dogs and jackals in Africa; wolves in the north, Europe and parts of northern Asia; red wolves in the south; foxes of all kinds everywhere from the Pole to Japan; red fox, swift fox, gray fox, kit fox, Arctic fox…

But the most familiar to me is the coyote, because it is so easy to watch. On my hiking trips in the Greater Yellowstone area, in South Montana and North Wyoming, many of those nice predators crossed my path. It often didn’t bother them when I followed them and observed their behavior. Sometimes they were just happy to find so many mice. Sometimes I saw them just running through the landscape, probably denbound.

The few times that I saw a few together were the most unforgettable encounters. Since my first trip to North America, the colors of the West, with the pale grayish blue-green of the sagebrush, combined with the dry grasses of the meadows, have a special place in my heart. The coyote is so well camouflaged in such scenery, and I wanted to do him justice by making this little painting.

Coyotes can vary a lot in color and size, depending if one meets them in the East or in the West. Biologically, one could consider the coyote as a link between the fox and the wolf.

— Carl Brenders

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Ghost Cat
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The Fortress
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Lookout Tower

Why are most people so fascinated with wolves? If one looks at these four wolves on a cliff, the harmony of their colors and wonderful proportions of their bodies, as well as the resemblance to our dear German Shepherd and Huskies, explains everything.
The teamwork in their hunting strategy has fascinated many biologists and naturalists. It is the same for most dog species like the Wild Dogs in Africa and the Dingoes in Australia, to name a few. Just like lions hunting in groups, the wolves can lay down big prey like moose, elk and caribou. Even a bear isn’t safe facing a big pack of wolves. One might wonder why wolves are so shy of humans. The story of Little Red Riding Hood is still in people’s minds. This fairy tale gave the wolf a bad reputation. Wolves avoid humans, as humans are their worst enemy.

The inspiration for this painting came when I flew back to Europe after a wonderful field work trip (hunting with my camera). As I am unable to sleep in planes, I often make sketches for future paintings. With a ball-point pen and a little sheet of paper, one sketch was enough to create this painting. The scenery in this painting is typical of Western America with Lodgepole Pine and Rocky Mountain Maple. I mostly paint not what I have seen, but what I dream of seeing in the wild. This painting is done as a celebration for the success of the reintroduction of the wolves in Yellowstone National Park. As a wolf-lover, I am thankful to the people who worked hard to reintroduce the wolf into Yellowstone National Park. A wild area like this isn’t complete without this wonderful predator.

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Between the Vines

It is known that I am a wine lover. For me, wine is not so much an alcoholic drink, but a nice addition to a good meal. Wine is culture. One of the collectors of my prints is the owner of a great winery in British Columbia, which connects with the wineries in Washington State. He explained that in his winery he often sees foxes who are attracted by the ever-present California quail. When prey is present, predators will appear!
The owner of the winery proposed that I do a painting of the combination of fox and grapes. I thought it was a very attractive subject. One important element attracted me to accept this commission and that was the memories I had of going to museums with my father. On these visits to the museums, I would admire the incredible, detailed still-life paintings by the old masters of the 18th century. As a small boy, I couldn’t believe that someone could paint grapes that looked as if you could pick them off the canvas. Now the chance and the challenges were there for me to do the same. It was a real challenge, much more difficult than other backgrounds. Working with sun and shadow effects didn’t make the job easier. Every grape had to be perfectly round with sharp edges. Lots of sketches and studies had to be done for the position of the fox in the scene. The orange of the fox makes a lovely contrast with the dark blue of the grapes. The color of the greenish support plays a big role in the scene and my enjoyment was complete by painting the leaves, turning yellowish, where the sun provided backlight.

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2011 Carl Brenders Calendar

Available at the End of November 2011

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While the Cat’s Away

“I have been wanting to do a super fox painting for a long time, and I thought a close-up of four young foxes was an excellent idea and would make a very decorative painting. You could say a painting full of foxes! I was inspired by a photograph I had see of four young fennecs-desert foxes with very large ears.”

~ Carl Brenders

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Autumn Lady

“I have been wanting to do a super fox painting for a long time, and I thought a close-up of four young foxes was an excellent idea and would make a very decorative painting. You could say a painting full of foxes! I was inspired by a photograph I had see of four young fennecs-desert foxes with very large ears.”

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One to One
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Message on the Wind

“What I tried to capture in my painting is a moment of alertness for a cheetah on its way to a water hole. Mother knows danger; the cubs don’t. I tried to show that the cubs wonder why their mother suddenly stops the walk. ”

” I have been ten inches away from the eyes of a tame cheetah female, I will never forget those big orange eyes. This experience was the stimulus to start this painting.”

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Full House – Fox Family

“I have been wanting to do a super fox painting for a long time, and I thought a close-up of four young foxes was an excellent idea and would make a very decorative painting. You could say a painting full of foxes! I was inspired by a photograph I had see of four young fennecs-desert foxes with very large ears.”

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Social Climber
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Stalking Cougar
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The Fall Guy

The Fall Guy alludes not only to the season, but also to the slang expression for someone who invariable takes the blame, as the much-maligned wolf has done for centuries.

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Young Explorers

“One important element in this painting is the contrasting grey of the tree in the background. The viewers will find many colors in the ‘gray’ bark. It shows my passion for texture and harmony of color.”

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Cheek to Cheek
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In the Swim of Things

Since so many loon paintings have already been done by fellow artists, I was not ready to do another one (although this bird is very attractive to me), until I got the idea to put one right in a bunch of lily pads. A vertical shape was best for the layout. This idea allowed me to get closer into the intimate world of the bird, as I try to do in most of my paintings.

A loon is a magical animal, and its call is one of those wonders in nature that fascinates most nature lovers. I would classify it at the same level as the bugling of the elk.

Lakes, streams, ponds and marshes have been my favorite places since my childhood. So painting all this “wet” environment was a real thrill.This mother loon is familiarizing her fuzzy chicks with their fascinating new world outside of the nest, helping them to get in the swim of things, so to speak.

This painting is on the list of my favorite works, as it reminds me of the paintings of some of the pre-Raphaelites like Hylas and the “Nymphs” by J.W. Waterhouse and “Ophelia” by John Everett Millais. It’s one of those paintings by which I am surprised myself that I was able to make such a thing. When it was finished, I watched it for hours, not being able to believe that it was me who painted it. I had tears in my eyes from the emotion. All of my love for the water world is in it.

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