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I am a part-time pet portrait and wildlife artist living in the deep dark forest between the Royal Forest of Dean, Herefordshire and the Welsh border. A beautiful and inspiring place to live and create pet portraits and wildlife art.
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Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Snow Leopard Wildlife Art



Remember this? I decided to dust off my snow leopard for an evening just as something to do as a change. I have actually put some foreground down but it's not too colourful so you will need to study hard to see it!!!


And as summer has finally arrived and our flowers are now starting to appear, I took some close up shots for a more seasonal feel....at long last!!!
This is our montana clematis, we have this all over the fence and I just love it, we planted a pale green clematis next to it and then a white one, they are all intermingled but flower one after another so the flowers seem to creep around the corner and the fragrance is lovely.


This is broom, this grows in the forest around here but after a million attempts at digging it up from the forest floor and replanting it in the garden, we had to buy some from a garden centre, it seems that once the root is disturbed it never grows again.


And one of our wild flower spots, we leave them scattered around the garden for bugs and flutterbys.


And finally back to the animal/bird section. These are our first chicks to hatch with their mummy. She is only tiny and seems to have adopted a few eggs from other hens so not all chicks quite match. She and her sister follow Ronnie around the tractor shed and cluck at him on a regular basis. He was very dismayed when she went missing but happy when she reappeared after a couple of days only to disappear again at bedtime. After a few more days search, we found her and her nest in amongst the tractor parts in the shed. We cordened her off so she wouldn't get found by the fox and once they had hatched we put them all safely into the pen until the little ones are big enough to wander around the garden as well.


And just incase you had forgotten what she looked like, here is dear Willow. She has had a major groom over the past few weeks and her fur has literally halved. We used to have many comments about her unusual curly coat but it seems my comb was simply gliding through her fur but after buying a brush and removing enough fur to fill a pillowcase, we realised she must have been a tad warm under that heavy blanket. She now looks sleek and shiny without any curly bits!!!!

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8 comments:

Sally McLean said...

Love this snow leopard and jet the dog portrait. It is always a pleasure to visit your blog and see all the pictures of your home environment in the changing seasons (we don't get much of a season change here in sub-tropical queensland). Love reading about your menagerie as well!!

Dors said...

Your Snow Leopard is amazing. I love it.

Thanks for sharing your lovely spring flowers. They are so beautiful.
Willow looks great. pat pat.

Lene said...

hi
Looking forward to see the snowleopard progress - looks great :)
beautiful dog you have ;)

sam said...

Love the Leopard Karie-Ann, good Willow has had some hair removed hopefully we will have a nice summer!

artbykarie-ann.co.uk said...

thanks all, sorry for my lack of updates but it has been rather hectic with our animals! Willow is a very happy dog as she just loves lawn mowing and it's now the season to do plenty, we do have a very big garden which takes hours to mow so she is busy occupied with gardening at the moment!!!

sue said...

Hi Karie-Ann
I'm sure I used to follow/link to your blog but I think the connection got lost somewhere - maybe when I upgraded. I've 'rejoined' now

Anyway, love the snow-leopard and the animal updates ... Willow is just gorgeous :o)

Art with Liz said...

Your Snow Leopard is absolutely stunning Karie-Ann! Definitely an 'oh Wow' portrait. And Willow is looking beautiful! As is your English country garden. Any more signs of Cyril?

Vic said...

I remember this Snow Leopard, a beautiful piece of work and hope to see it finished. Just trawled through your galleries, looking at all your stunning artwork...dont you just love CP and Graphite ! Willow looks beautiful as always,bless her.

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