The top one of the pregnant leopard was my first 'expressive' piece, of a pregnant leopard passing two small children. There is eminent danger all around, a vicious storm, vulnerability of two unprotected children, a pregnant preditor...and yet there is peace..........it is attainable.
The last picture of the leopard was approximately 1,2x600m and took me ages because of the fur technique I used. A new hard-bristle brush, cut down to a single layer to apply the varous tones and life-like feel of the fur. This one went to Madeira
GODS FERRIS WHEEL
Swooping, dipping, oh Gods ferris wheel
Your wide, ever alert orbs patiently watching
Yet extinct through mans useless looking glass
In reality, your thousands are awaiting the last
While you observe the wealth and sadness of man
laughter alarms like a clock through your wild cry
knowing your warning goes unheard
you move your wings and guffaw, you admit no sigh
turning and reeling in the aging skies
you practice then brag your attacking fall
dropping like a dead man our of the grey
only to rise high, the victor in blatant display
nearer and nearer the noise of man's engines loom
uncaringly throwing its shadows on your wings and power
you resigh for now but you gloat as you fly away
knowing you will return, for where there is death...you will stay.
This was written as an 18 year old, watching a kite from the ninth floor of my res window...it looked soo small but it was unaffected by the humanity below.