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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

In the works...The Snow Leopard

The Snow Leopard
New and second in the big cat series ...this one will help Tabby's Place Cat Sanctuary when it sells.
Still on the easel but will be finished soon. I LOVE big cats. It is amazing that these incredible and beautiful animals really exist! How gorgeous is nature?!
Snow Leopards are not one of the "Great Cats" because they do not roar. They are endangered and there are about 4000-7000 left on the planet. The literature says that they are closer to the lower estimate of that figure.
Many years ago I read the book "The Snow Leopard" by Peter Matthiessen (still have it and love it) about his journey to find this animal but really to find himself after a life changing loss.
Any way this piece is fun to paint...the ref image was from and used with their generous permission to inspire the art.

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