|Photo of Cheetahs|
Mara on the border of Kenya and Tanzania. It was a wonderful experience for all of us. One morning, we came upon a mother cheetah with five babies. This was a remarkable opportunity, because cheetahs are solitary hunters, and sometimes females don't survive pregnancy. When they do, they seldom have litters of more than two or three. So to find a mom with five kits was exciting. I took several photos, and in one, I caught all five babies climbing over momma.
I recntly decided to do a painting of this moment, using my photo as reference. As you can see in my photo, one of the babies was just behind the mother's head. In my painting, I had this kit stand up straight. Also, in my photo, mom had her eyes closed as she licked the ear of the baby in front of her. It my painting, I opened her eyes and had her stare out toward the viewer.
|Masai Mara Momma, a painting in watercolor and colored pencil|
I am currently featuring this new painting, called Masai Mara Momma, at the Joyful Jewell in downtown Pittsboro.