"Fortitude" is defined as the "strength that enables one to overcome adversity with courage" - and I feel this really fits the spirit of the Bobcat, as it does so many other "big cats".
"Fortitude" is a part of a very special project, the "Mural Mosaic - Earth's Treasure Chest". I was invited, along with over 200 other of Canada's elite wildlife artists, to participate in this wonderful mural in support of CPAWS. Visit Mural Mosaic for more information, and to see how the mural looks with everyone's art together! The originals from the mural are being auctioned off individually (on eBay) starting November 10th, 2006. Check the mural site for more info, or for your chance to bid on the original "Fortitude"!
"Fortitude" is 16" x 16", and is a somewhat non-traditional scratchboard... it is a wooden panel, prepped with gesso, and etched with an X-Acto knife. Each hair is carved in, and then paint is added, giving it a very life-like texture. For more info on this technique, visit my Scratchboard & Acrylic tutorial.
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