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Did the Fox Make a Wise Decision?

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.fox

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Rabbit: Scribble Picnic

Today is #Scribblepicnic. It is a weekly art meet-up to engage and encourage each other, exploring the same theme each week. This week’s theme is “rabbit”. See more at Michael’s blog.

We head home on Tuesday and when this post goes live I will have landed in Toronto, ready to head back home to Haliburton. We leave our little rabbits. Yes we have rabbits here in Arizona. I hate to say that they are food for the coyotes, hawks and owls. But they are very cute. Our little Snowball loves to try to find them in the bushes and flush them out.

On to Scribble Picnic:

Here is the sketch I did. I have been thinking of the Hare and the Tortoise story. When I was growing up my sister and I would listen to a recording of Bugs Bunny and the Tortoise. I found it on line the other day and loved to listen to it again. I still have the record but it is a 78 and I have no record player that plays 78 records. This is dating myself.


Of course my turtle is Tadeo from my book Tadeo Turtle. In Disney’s story of course, Bugs Bunny beats the tortoise. But in the original story the Tortoise beats the hare.

Here is the original story from Aesop’s Fables.

Here is the video of the record Bugs Bunny and the Tortoise. I liked this version and it is the book I have. My sister and I have memorized the words. It’s really too funny when we get reciting it. Now I have the recording to play for the grandchildren when they come and they can turn the pages in the book.


My final picture with watercolour pencils and water.

Here is the question. Who is going to win?  I would love your opinion and why.rabbit

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Here is a rabbit I painted in 2013. I found it in my old files. Good to know it’s there.




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