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Sunday, 1 September 2013


I have a monthly challenge on my art page on facebook where I post a photo and ask other artists to paint or draw it and a few have been joining in - it's all just a bit of fun.  For September I thought I would have a badger as the challenge, partly to raise awareness of and out of respect for the badgers involved in the despicable cull that has started in Somerset and Gloucestershire.  A few other artists have said they would like to join in but unfortunately I've had a couple of people who agree with this cull posting their views too!  It seems to have died down now and hopefully they will leave us to paint badgers in peace.

The problem is neither me nor Gary have any badger photos - I've managed to get a couple from a wildlife photographer but if any of you out there have any more that I could use for the challenge I'd really appreciate it!

I very naively thought this cull wouldn't go ahead - and am so saddened and sickened that it has.  At least living in Wales, I know for now the local badgers here are safe, as the Welsh Government have gone for the vaccinations option.  The watercolour above is a quick one I did from a photo I found on a google search - if any bloggers out there would like to join me in painting a badger I would love you to join me!  I've also just joined in the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge HERE .  Should be fun and will keep me painting!


  1. Love this painting, Sharon. Again you have caught that certain something that I so often find in your paintings. I hope the powers that be will see sense and leave these lovely creatures in peace. Looking forward to sharing the 30 day painting challenge with you! :) xx

  2. Sharon - this little creature is charming. I have never seen one. We don't have them here in my part of the U.S. Sounds like you will be busy for the next 30 days. Will be looking forward to seeing your work. Take care and have a great week-end.

  3. I love badgers. When I lived in Somerset they would frequent my garden at dusk. It's a crying shame about this cull. I don't get it. I LOVE your painting.

  4. I have been trying to keep up with your art and love it Sharon including this one. Unfortunate about the cull going on. They are doing it here with coyotes and now they are having twice as many pups as normal to replenish. You can't fool nature!

  5. A beautiful painting, Sharon, and a great way to raise awareness of the cull. I am in total agreement with you. Enjoy your 30 day challenge


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