Zoo Safari

The word for this week at Illustration Friday‘s website, is “safari“. Unfortunately, my current safari adventures with exotic wild animals are at the zoo! One day, I will go to Africa, the Amazon, China and India to see exotic wild life. Hopefully, they will not be extinct!

During my safari to the Philadelphia Zoo (click on the zoo link to find out more about Maya and friends) in March 2011, I visited the snow leopards and polar bears!

As I watched, Maya, the snow leopard, I was mesmerized by her spirit! So after sketching and taking photos, I came back to my Studio Nookery and created this piece, entitled, “Maya’s Spirit” (14″x 12″- Mixed Media/Paper) She is a part of my “Animal Totem” Series.

There are many cultures that have myths and legends where animals are the main characters or play an important role in teaching important life lessons. Animal Totem characteristics for Snow Leopard are: Sensitivity, Agility, Strength and Mystery.

Life, itself is a journey, as we travel through it, we gain the knowledge and tools to make it our own unique safari! Peace to you and yours.

  1. Oooo, I like this one! Is it watercolor? She looks like a wonderful spirit. Love the blue. Cheers!

    Comment by Lynette — May 13, 2011 @ 2:36 pm

  2. Gorgeous

    Comment by get zen — May 13, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

  3. What beautiful colors…and I love her eyes.

    Comment by Darice — May 13, 2011 @ 3:50 pm

  4. Snow leopards are so pretty. Like snow owls.
    Maya is beautiful!

    Comment by Mindful Drawing — May 14, 2011 @ 2:49 am

  5. I like the face behind the face. Animal totems are a fascinating subject. Nice job!

    Comment by Linda Hensley — May 14, 2011 @ 6:37 am

  6. Love the colors, blended very nicely, lovely! Cats are my favorites.

    Comment by Kerry Schofield — May 15, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

  7. I like the loose, spontaneous feel to this. Nice depth too.

    Comment by R. M. Smith — May 16, 2011 @ 7:53 am

  8. Great portrait. I love the blue you snuck in there.

    Comment by Sharon Wagner — May 16, 2011 @ 8:30 am

  9. Bold…but a little mysterious! Great colors–and the spirit shines through!

    Comment by E R Stanton — May 16, 2011 @ 6:35 pm

  10. Lovely painting, We can hope that one day the animals that the zoos breed may be able to be wild again. Unfortunately for the time being the animal survival is dependent on zoo and animal park breeding programmes. I'm looking forward to the tigers that are due to arrive at my local animal park as part of Amur Tiger conservation.

    Comment by Chibi Janine — May 16, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

  11. Love it!Great expression and colors!

    Comment by theartofpuro — May 17, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

  12. Nice Fluidity to this…love going to the zoo…They've built the Columbus zoo up rather nicely over the years but the kids like to run through and are much less on watching and waiting for something to happen…

    Comment by brine blank — May 17, 2011 @ 9:44 pm

  13. beautiful. Great colours

    Comment by cobol — May 18, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

  14. As always, wonderful work! You captured this kitty cat beautifully!

    Comment by Penelope P. Neal — May 18, 2011 @ 6:19 pm


    Comment by cobol — May 19, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

  16. Ooooo! And there's a person in there too!

    Comment by krista hamrick — May 19, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

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