in the underbrush and, camouflaged by her dappled coat, silently awaiting her mother's return. It is now, before the leaves open, that I have the best chance of spotting the wee thing, so yesterday I followed the fresh tracks of a single adult deer for some time; I congratulated myself too soon and without warrant, and found neither mother nor baby before losing the track.
Realistically, Jon and I consider ourselves lucky to see one fawn a year. But oh, what a sight: inevitably, the fawn is perfectly quiet, every muscle frozen. Today's painting was based on such an encounter many years ago between Ron, a naturalist friend, and this fawn. I couldn't be sure of her actual size, but a large canvas seemed right. She is awake, alert, and utterly still on her bed of mosses. I titled it "Perfect Obedience"to convey the painting's raison d'être: motherly love expressed in a baby's complete trust.
Happy Mother's Day to all.