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Prehistoric Style Mule Deer painting by RobertMeyer Prehistoric Style Mule Deer painting by RobertMeyer

In the caves of Europe, ancient paintings have been found that depict the animals of that time.  Many of those paintings include a “twisted perspective” in which the undersides of the feet are shown.  In a single image, those artists of old accurately showed what the animals looked like and the tracks they would leave, producing the earliest nature guides. 

In a similar abstract style, this painting depicts a current North American animal, the Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus), with its feet twisted upward to show its tracks.  I also included some realistic full-size tracks, which are based on my plaster casts from the actual local animals here in southern California.  (see also my YouTube channel video

This work is an original acrylic painting that I designed and hand painted on a 12 inch by 24 inch ceramic tile.  The design is based on my many years of studying our native animals and their tracks.  Like the handprints found in European caves, I signed this artwork with my “handprint,” which includes my initials RCM.
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Fireplume Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay this is one of my favourite things ever. Just found it through random circumstances, and I love it.
Ammaboo Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome job! :D
ScarabsCorner Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So cool!
wixcat Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woooo that's some project that you have there! the tracks look really good! And the animals are beautiful and you manage to capture the illustration style very well!
RobertMeyer Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thank you.  I have really enjoyed applying the technique of the oldest European art masters to our North American animals.
MoonyMina Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
this is truly beautiful and inspiring!!!
RobertMeyer Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thank you.  I am glad you like it.
UAkimov09 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016
This is Really Very Nice , Great , Interesting , Creative , Realistic , Accurate , Natural , Alive , Pretty , Kind , Light , Peaceful , Positive , Charming , Wonderful , Beautiful , Enjoyable , Unique and Clever artwork ! Very Well Done Robert ! / Duje Chudova Robota Роберт ! :)

Good luck to You in everything what You will try to realize , create and make ! :)

Greetings from Ukraine , from capital Kyiv.
RobertMeyer Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thank you for all the kind words.  I am very glad you like my work.
UAkimov09 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016
You are Welcome ! I Very like , respect and support artworks of people by which they show other how need to care about what we have : about Nature , Animals and Plants hmm. My Congratulations to You with Yours very interesting , clever , creative , enjoyable , realistic , clear , kind , light and wonderful paintings ! :)
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December 20, 2016
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