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Fallow Deer Fawn by Daniel Mackie

Fallow deer fawn by Daniel Mackie at The DM CollectionA Fawn is Added to The DM Collection, it has a wiff of the The Greek Goddess Artemis about it! She was The Huntress and is often depicted with a deer. She had the power to talk to and control animals. Homer describes her as,”Artemis of the wildland, Mistress of Animals”. Deer were the only animals held sacred to Artemis. Heracles in his third labour for Eurystheus was acutely aware of this, He was commanded to capture the Cerynitian Hind. Heracles begged Artemis for forgiveness and promised to return it alive. He did and Artemis forgave him.
Image © Daniel Mackie
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Red Squirrel at The DM Collection

Red Squirrel by Daniel MackieAnother addition to Daniel Mackie’s succsesfull card range, The DM Collection. This one is a Red Squirrel. Early christian religion portrays the squirrel as stoical. An early manuscript features an image of a squirrel using its tail for shelter in a rainstorm. The inscription reads, “I shall endure and expect once again more favorable things however bad it is now, it won’t be bad forever”.
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Ship’s Cat

Ship's Cat by Daniel Mackie at The DM Collection
A new Addition To Award winning Artist Daniel Mackie’s card range, The DM Collection.
The Ship’s Cat.
Rodent-control was the reason cats were put on ships. All trading nations adopted this practice. It is believed that Cats arrived in Europe by boat from Ancient Phoenicia (maritime trading cultures on the african coast of the Mediterranean). They set their paws down on european soil in about 900 BC.
Image © Daniel Mackie
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The Hedgehog’s Dilemma

Hedgehog by The DMcollection
The hedgehog’s dilemma is an analogy about the challenges of human intimacy. It goes like this, An Array of hedgehogs are getting ready for their winter hibernation, they start to snuggle down into their nest and cuddle up to each other to conserve heat. But they must remain apart. They cannot avoid hurting one another with their sharp spines.

Arthur Schopenhauer and Sigmund Freud used The Hedgehog’s dilemma to describe the individuals relation to others within society. The hedgehog’s dilemma implies that despite goodwill, human intimacy cannot occur without substantial mutual harm. We all have to have some pain from each other to enjoy some intimacy.

This particular Hedgehog doesn’t have this dilemma, because his spines are a soft patch of turf! This picture is part of a collection of cards and prints from the DM Collection By Award winning artist Daniel Mackie The range depicts animals with their natural habitat inside them.

Image © Daniel Mackie

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Little Owl by Daniel Mackie

Little owl paintingHere is a old fable about why owls are silent and solitary, “An Owl, in her wisdom told the rest of the birds that it would be a good idea to pull the acorn out of the ground before it can spout, because if it grows into a tree mistletoe will grow upon it, bird lime would be extracted and use to capture them. The Owl then advised that the birds pluck out the flax seed as soon as the men had sewn it, if it grows, men will make nets from it to use to catch you. lastly the Owl warned the birds that the archer was their deadly enemy and that he used darts guided by their very own feathers to kill them. The birds dismissed the owls warnings, in fact they thought her a mad old bird and laughed at her. However everything she foretold came true and the birds changed their minds about her. They considered her knowledgable and wise and they seeked her council. The Owl no longer gave her advice, she kept it to herself and was sad for the folly of her kind.”

This painting is part of a series of animals with their habitat depicted within them by award winning artist Daniel Mackie.

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Swallow Repeating Pattern by Daniel Mackie

swallow design- repeating patternRepeating pattern design by award winning artist Daniel Mackie.

The Swallow has long been associated with Folklore. European folklore has a long list of good and bad luck stories, from bringing death if one were to land on your shoulder to bringing good fortune if they nest on your roof. One thing that is universal is that if you see a swallow then summer is on the way.
Image © Daniel Mackie
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The Fox is a Trickster

watercolour painting by artist Daniel Mackie
Foxes are considered roguish and caddish. The fox is represented in folklore as a trickster.
This is part of a series of paintings by award winning illustrator Daniel Mackie depicting animals with their natural habitat inside them.

Throughout many cultures the fox is a symbol of cunning and trickery. Even the possessor of magic powers. The fox has come to represent intelligence triumphing over brawn. In fact, The Moche people of Peru believed the fox to be a warrior that would use his mind to fight. It is similar in Finnish mythology, where it is believed that the fox, while weaker, will always be able to outfox both wolf and bear.

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Sailor with Tattoos – Screen Print by Daniel Mackie

Sailor with tattos screen print by artist Daniel Mackie
A three colour screen print printed on japanese Atsukuchi paper by artist Daniel Mackie. Print size 485mm x 320mm.

The home of the tattoo is on the sailor and the sailors tattoo is the swallow. Historical, swallows were symbols of a sailors experience, if a sailor were to have a tattoo of one swallow if would indicate he had traveled 5000 nautical miles, two swallows, 10000 nautical miles, which in the early days of sailing was no mean feat! So the swallow tattoos denoted a very experienced and valuable sailor. They also look cool!

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Golden Fur – Watercolour of a Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey by Daniel Mackie

Goldn monkey painting
Quinacridone gold, watercolour paint. It’s like a yellow ochre/ burnt sienna mix but with a bit of gold, perfect for this little chaps fur!

The Golden snub nosed Moneky is native to China. They are an endangered species.(classified as such by the IUCN) They are found in a number of protected Reserves, including Baihe Nature Reserve, Foping Nature Reserve, Shennongjia Nature Reserve and Wanglang Nature Reserve.
Image © Daniel Mackie
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Hazardous Occupation?

Well, if so, on your way to work avoid seeing a hare. Hares have long been associated with people with hazardous occupations, Fishermen for example will not utter the word “Hare” while at sea. They might not even get in their boats if they see a hare on the way to them. Miners similarly will not set foot in the mine shaft if they encounter a hare on the way to work.

Hare painting by Daniel Mackie
This watercolour painting by watercolour artist Daniel Mackie is one of a series of pictures of animals with their natural habitat depicted within them.

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Hare Screen Print by Daniel Mackie

3 colour hare screen print
Tricky little trickster, the hare. Mad as a march hare. A broken-hearted maiden. A starer at the moon.
All these things and more is the hare.

The constellation Lepus represents a hare. It is just south of the constellation Orion, it is sometimes represented as a hare being chased by Orion’s hunting dogs.

Sometimes hare’s were viewed as witches in animal form. Numerous folk tales tell of men led astray by hares who are really witches in disguise, or of old women revealed as witches when they are wounded in their animal shape.

This is a 3 colour screen print, ultramarine, white and pink on japanese Atsukuchi paper, which is only 57gsm. Light but very strong. 485mm x 320mm
Below you can see the first positve drawing in indian ink.
Indian ink screen print positive on true grain
Images © Daniel Mackie
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Whale – Watercolour illustration by Daniel Mackie

Watercolour illustration of a whale japanese print style

One of the earliest stories about whales is that of sailors mistaking sleeping whales for islands. They would tether their ships to the “island”, disembark and set up camp. The whale would then plunge to the depths of the ocean sinking all the ships.
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Ducks – Repeating pattern design for The DM Collection

repeating pattern of ducks in watercolour

Repeating pattern design by Daniel Mackie . This is very much influenced by both japanese prints and William Morris. This way of making a repeating pattern effectively involves two drawings, one that is around the outside that will match up when the tile repeats and the other (in this case the ducks) in the middle of the page.
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If you go down to the woods today…

You won’t find bears! Infact you’ll find Elephants, if your in the Congo Basin!

Forest Elephants in the Congo by Daniel Mackie

The paths that dissect the forest of the Congo basin are the tracks worn over time by the feet of forest elephants. Smaller, finer and sleeker than their Savanna cousins.
In fact they are recognised as a different species.

When a DNA identification system was set up to trace where poached ivory was coming from, scientists found that the African Elephants consisted of two very different species. The Svanana Elephant and the smnaller Forest Elephant.

Forest Elephants are listed as vulnerable by the IUCN.

Image © Daniel Mackie
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The Wild One – Cat in a Japanese Garden by Daniel Mackie

Watercolour painting of a cat licking it's paw by Daniel Mackie

There is something deep down inside us that attarcts us to cats. Their indifference perhaps? Rudyard Kipling hit the nail on the head in his just so story, “The cat that walked by himself”. Of all the domesticated animals the cat has remained wild. Maybe we like their aloof nature, their inherent wildness.

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