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male emu with emu chick

Gwenn Seemel
Mr. Dad (Emu)
2012
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches

This series gave me the chance to paint so many different kinds of feathers, from those of the emu father pictured above to those of the pigeon, the eagle, and the sparrows. For more about the making of Mr. Dad, watch this vlog. Below is the text from the book Crime Against Nature that goes with this image—the book can be read and purchased here.

Also, girls aren’t necessarily more interested in taking care of children than boys.

Female emus mate with males, lay eggs, and then move on, often times mating with multiple males in a single season. The male incubates his eggs, which have usually been laid by various females. Once the young are hatched the male nurtures them for up to seven months, defending them from predators and teaching them to find food.