All of my paintings start with a very detailed drawing created
from 1st hand observations, sketches, and photographs. I use
a pastel pencil on Sennelier LaCarte pastel board or Art Spectrum
Colour Fix paper. For this painting of a Mountain Lion, aka
Cougar, Puma, Panther, I used references gathered from a trip
to Kalispell, Montana.
This beautiful female is one
of many animals fortunate enough to live at the Triple D Ranch
in Kalispell, Montana. I have photographed her here many times
as the Mountain Lion is considered to be one of the most elusive
species in North America..
I use an assortment of pastels
ranging from very hard sticks like Nu-Pastel and Creta-Color
to medium Rembrandts and very soft brands like Sennelier, Unisons,
and Terry Ludwigs. I also use Diane Townsend Terrages and a large
assortment of pastel pencils.