In this new video, we visit a wolf sanctuary to feed the wolves and paint their portraits. (Link to YouTube video)
Wolves are silent most of the time, and they bark only when they're scared. When occasional visitors like us appear at the sanctuary, the "ambassador wolves" are curious to meet us.
They're hungry and restless at first because it's feeding day, which happens only twice a week. After feeding them donated livestock, we enter the enclosure and sit down with our backs straight.
I'm not scared, really, but more intensely riveted, especially when they bring their noses right up and press them against mine, with their yellow eyes looking right through me.
|Portraits of wolves by James Gurney, casein, 5 x 8 inches|
Once they have checked us out to see we're not a threat, they're no longer interested in us. They're ready to take a nap, and we set up our easels just outside their enclosure.
Here's a video with more about Mission: Wolf (Link to Vimeo)
Mission: Wolf allows visitors, and you can even stay there for a couple weeks if you're willing to volunteer your time.