The Art of Dick Twinney
FIELD VOLE FAMILY
For this August scene the vole family is busy taking advantage of discarded ears of barley. Although they are primarily grass feeders, field voles will also eat seeds, cereals, bulbs and fungi. The young voles in the painting are not long out of their nest and are full of youthful curiosity as they explore their habitat among the stubble. At this time they are at their most vulnerable, being the prey species of so many of our predators, including owls, kestrels, foxes, stoats, weasels and the domestic cat. For this reason voles are prolific breeders, having a succession of litters from early spring to late autumn.
In deference to my wife Ann I have included one of her favourite flowers in the painting, the aptly named scarlet pimpernel, which grows in abundance in this particular field, covering the ground with its long straggling stems.
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