A Fox – Scribble Picnic
Another week with not much time to paint. But I did do a sketch of this week’s prompt – a fox.
We have seen a red fox a number of times in our backyard here in Haliburton, but never in time to snap a picture. In my sketch I thought of him. Our fox looks very healthy so we don’t worry about the safety of our small dog. And she isn’t allowed out without us.
I thought about the fable of the Fox and the Grapes while I was sketching him.
Here is one version from Aesop’s Fables:
ONE hot summer’s day a Fox was strolling through an orchard till he came to a bunch of Grapes just ripening on a vine which had been trained over a lofty branch. “Just the things to quench my thirst,” quoth he. Drawing back a few paces, he took a run and a jump, and just missed the bunch. Turning round again with a One, Two, Three, he jumped up, but with no greater success. Again and again he tried after the tempting morsel, but at last had to give it up, and walked away with his nose in the air, saying: “I am sure they are sour.”
I thought about that fox reaching for something that wasn’t possible and then going away making the excuse that the grapes would have been sour anyway.
Did the fox make a wise decision?
Sometimes the dreams we desire need more than jumping up and down. We might need a helper to fulfil our dreams.
Failures may not really be failures – they could be restarts. (tweet this)
The fox gave up.
Quotes on Failure:
“Giving up is the only sure way to fail.” – Gena Showalter
“Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be” – John Wooden
We might need to take one step at a time to reach our goals.
For me I like to ask God for those seemingly impossible jumps. He usually shows me a way around the problem. I think the fox might have wisely asked someone for help.
Here is this week’s sketch.
I found a painting that I had done a few years ago. He came second place in an art show at our little park in Arizona. He hangs in our home down there.
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