It’s all about your reputation – The Fox

by Daniel Mackie November 07, 2012

Watercolour of a red fox with pattern
Historical the fox has gained a reputation as being cunning, wily and sly. In fact Field-Marshell Rommel was known as the “Desert Fox”.

Foxes are not seen as evil in the same way as the wolf, they are considered roguish and caddish. The fox is represented in folklore as a trickster. One of Aesop’s Fables “The Fox and the Crow” illustrates this. It is a caution against listening to flatterers and goes like this….. The fox notices that a crow has a piece of cheese, he flatters the crow, telling him how beautiful he is and whether he has a beautiful voice to match his beautiful looks. The crow lest out a caw, the piece of cheese falls to the ground the fox eats the cheese. The earliest surviving versions of the fable, in both Greek and Latin, date from the 1st century.

This watercolour makes heavy use of two colours I love, qinacridone gold and rose madder genuine.

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