It’s late on a Sunday evening, and I didn’t have any candidates for Monday Morning Art that I’m really happy with, so I sat down and knocked out a quick digital painting of an Alpaca.On our recent trip through Pennsylvania we noticed that there were a few Alpaca on the Amish Farm in Lancaster, near the scenic covered bridge.

I didn’t get any photos of them, so I did this from memory. The reason we didn’t get close enough for photos is that, as you probably already know, Alpaca are fearsome beasts who, upon seeing an innocent animal or human, will immediately charge, leaping over fences and farm utility vehicles so that they may pounce upon their prey, ripping ferociously at its neck with their long, sharp-as-knives claws so that they can instantly slay it and begin feasting on the resultant dead body.

Or so I am told.

I must salute those brave Amish men who get up at 4 AM, when the Alpaca are still lethargic after a long night’s hunt and don Medieval armor so that they confont these animals and retieve the wool, milk, ambergris, limericks and other products that these majestic animals provide.

This painting was done from memory, as we only briefly glimpsed the fearsome predator and were able to speed away before it zeroed in on us and made us its next meal. Makes my heart races to think of how close we came to certain death.

If you wish, you can click this image to see it bigger.

Meanwhile, over in radio-land, Monday on The AIR, our Monday Marathon brings you four episodes of Radio Free Charleston international.  After airing, these four early episodes will go into mothballs and disappear from the server to make room for new programming. As Haversham Recording Institute is providing international coverage to news outlets of the mess in Britain, Herman Linte has begged off this week, and we’ll be bringing you an encore of a recent episode of Prognosis at 3 PM.

You can listen to The AIR at the website, or on this embedded radio player…