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painting of some doves

Gwenn Seemel
Natural (White ringneck dove)
2012
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches

There are so many ways to be, but, no matter how different we may seem, it’s important to remember how similar we really are.

Birds belonging to the columbidae family are sometimes called “doves” and sometimes called “pigeons.”  Which term is applied to which bird is based loosely on size, with the smaller birds tending to be referred to as “doves” and the larger ones as “pigeons,” but this categorization is not used consistently.  Still, despite the fact that these terms are assigned rather arbitrarily, they have acquired cultural meanings: the birds we call “doves” are cherished as symbols of peace while all other birds of the columbidae family are reviled as dirty pests.

To learn more about the making of this painting, watch this vlog.