And the paintings have begun..

Hi Everyone,
 
I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season!
 
I’m knee-deep in painting and thought I would share with you a few experiences I’ve been having as I go deeper into this process.   First off, my experience of having met Kevin and the lions and hyenas has really transformed the way I’m painting animals.  I’m more acutely aware of how capturing them in paint is really about capturing their energy in paint.  My memory of the way they maneuver their landscape is becoming a focal point in these first pieces.  Here’s a photo of some works in progress.  I’m excited to see how they progress.

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Next up is Kevin with the magnificent lion, Thor.  We had some awful news last week when we found out that Thor was struck by lightning three hours after the great Nelson Mandela died.  It was a shock to Kevin and the whole reserve as of course, unexpected.  I was just starting a painting of Thor with Kevin and it's been an emotional time working on it as you could literally feel the love between them and I feel it as I work on capturing their relationshiop in paint.  I'll send you updates on that piece as it moves further along, but here's some pics and video of Thor so you can behold what a wonderful being he was.  Kevin is very happy that Thor will live on in my paintings and that's thanks to you guys for helping make this all happen.  RIP Thor. 

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Really feeling grateful to all of you for supporting this project.  Have a wonderful holiday and looking forward to catching up with you in the new year!