Jungle Eyes - Panther/Ocelot by romanceworks ()
The second in a series of three Jungle Eyes paintings, this one paying tribute to the exotic black panther and ocelot. This is a companion image to: Jungle Eyes-Jaguar and Jungle Eyes: Tiger/Panther
Credits: Created in Photoshop CS, using jaguar photo reference and painting techniques.
Hope you enjoy. :o)
Image Comments (27)
I don't know whether to go to the 'front' of your gallery, or all the way back, or should I jump into the middle...there's so much to cover. I started with this, this morning, because of its intense greens, the way you've encompassed the eyes with such lush vegetation (highlighted with luminous blue-greens, cyans and almost turquoises), and the deep gazes of the eyes themselves, among other things. As you often do, you've turned leaves into 'flame', and let them undulate their way around the animals' faces. You've mixed the broader leaves---which appear like light itself in spots---with ferns: a counterpoint in texture. And your lighting in all the leaves---fern & others---is undulant and, as always, highly inviting. I've realized, in looking here so much (whether I've commented or no) that your light is ever emerging then submerging, outward & inward, turning everything it touches into an ocean of sensual waves. I saw that in your recent flower series & it's in so many pieces going back to the beginning. And you've textured the panthers' fur into subtle waves too. It's a very green piece ("verdant! verdant! verdant!" an old teacher used to say), but your green is washed-through with those exquisite cyans & green-blues. I think it's that hue is out-&-out tactile in your work, it has a mass of its own. The placement of the eyes (top right & lower left) makes a fine counterpoint too. A beautiful, intense inward image with a very sensual reach-across-space to us. As in a lot of your pieces, your work may have inwardness, but it also so often reached across space to touch us & invite us in. Beautiful, like silk. And more deep embrace of the animal kingdom...