Hello everyone I'm still here! I've had so much to do recently that I've not had time to post, I have been working very hard on my snow leopard however it has taken longer than expected as I've been trying new techniques and effects out, and having unexpected interruptions!
Here she is coming along nicely :) I've felt a real connection to this piece from the get go so it will be hard to part with it. I'm sure I've said numerous times before how much I love snow leopards, their poise and elegance, their silent curiosity and mystery always intrigues me. This species, like the clouded leopard, is one of those that is somewhere between the small cats and the great cats in that it can't purr like the small cats and it can't roar like the true great cats. It makes a happy sound similar to the tiger's chuffing. Their vocal tract lacks the thick pad of elastic tissue that enables other cats to roar.
I knew I wanted the original to have this long landscape stretch. I felt her distant gaze allowed the viewer to create their own story. The background colouring reflects her eyes and relates to the cooler climates of her kingdom. I love these close-up images and have decided to use this crop for many paintings to come.