Thursday, 3 October 2013

NEW Amur leopard painting

(reserved)


Here is the start of my current Amur leopard painting (reserved). I wanted to show the frightening decline of this beautiful cat representing both the leopard and it's habitat fading. Critically endangered with less than approx. 35 individuals left in the wild and on the brink of extinction. There are captive breeding programmes around the world that are working tirelessly to ensure the survival of this special species. This is why I support zoo management and breeding programmes, I believe lack of education and understanding creates bad feeling towards zoos and wildlife parks, however they are now an essential part of protecting the survival of many vulnerable and endangered species.

I have painted a similar image to this one before, so this time round I wanted to change it up a little. I decided on a darker backdrop highlighting the illusion of a mountainous habitat. The blue / slate grey colours blended beautifully into the orange coat with a hint of rose tone between the two. There will be real strength and intensity from the leopard, illustrating HOPE, forcing change and survival.

4 comments:

marc calvo said...

Good portrait of this special cat Julia,are interesting how do you show, the proces of paint, with the overexposition of the different colour coat,shades the fur texture and the lights.Did you try to paint the entire animal in his natural environment?.

Mike Attwood said...

Looks like the start of another beautiful picture Julia. Likewise I give my support to zoo's but I am sure that some exist just for the money.

Julia Ruffles | wildlife artist said...

Thank you, yes Marc hinting at its natural environment, Jules

Lorraine Brown said...

Can see already this will be a stunner, love the bg

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