A moment of peace, eyes closing, light fading after a long day. These two cheetah , a "coalition" will work together for short times. I've chosen a cool and languid palette, to give the piece its tone.
I've been lucky to see cheetah in wild reserves. Many areas are choked with non native plant species that ruin a cheetah's necessary dash after prey.
The Cheetah Conservation Foundation in Namibia has addressed both the killing of cheetahs by farmers, and also the removal of non native plant species. A real success in Namibia.
A piece done with not only oil paint over charcoal, but also a cold wax medium allowing more depth in the shadowed areas.