Friday, January 11, 2013


It's day 10 of the 30-in-30 painting challenge, and I know you've all been waiting for me to paint that oddest of Arizona creatures and distant cousin to the hippo, the Javelina. We see packs of these pig-like animals everywhere around Prescott. They don't see well so they rely on their sense of smell and sound. They also have formidable tusks which sharpen every time they open and close their mouths, and they're not shy about defending their herd. Not to mention, they stink. Which is why you wouldn't want to introduce one to your pet door.

6" x 6"/ Oil on Gesso Board
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  1. Nicely done, Kristy. I keep reading about them in In A Sunburnt Country by Bill Bryson, a travel memoir about Australia, and wondered what they looked like. Do you think they are the same wild boar that is a delicacy in Italy?
    Ellie Boyd

    1. Thanks, Ellie! I'm not sure about relatives in Australia, but if you click on the green "Javalina" link above it will tell you of some South American cousins. We think of them more as giant rodents, so I don't know too many people here who eat them.