Painting Level: Raising Awarness – Snow Leopard

Snow leopards inhabit alpine and subalpine areas in the mountain ranges of Central and South Asia, at elevations from 3,000 to 4,500 m.

Smaller than other big cats, weighing between 27 and 55 kg, they are mainly known for their beautiful long coat, with shades of white, grey and black, perfectly designed for a camouflaged living in an alpine, cold environment.

Unfortunately, beauty has its downsides as well, especially when it comes down to human vs animal. Poaching it for its coat, bones and organs, valuable in Asian medicine; moving the livestock to graze in new areas, leaving less food out there for the herbivores that they prey; and a mix of global warming, which means that lines are receding, pushing the cats further up the mountain slopes, where food isn’t available anymore, brought this cat closer and closer to extinction.

With only between 3,920 and 6,390 snow leopards left in the wild, the beautiful big cat made it on the list of endangered species, in 2003. Numerous agencies are making efforts to conserve both the specie and the threatened mountain ecosystems, even if it’s a very though and uncertain fight.

Until the future looks brighter for this fascinating animal, it will always stay alive and safe, in my own special painting.

snow leopard

75 x 115 cm canvas – painting in acrylic

A society is defined not only by what it creates but by what it refuses to destroy.

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Winter Hikes and Painting in Nature

One thing the Netherlands teaches you is to make your own weather. Considering that over here it rains almost every day, if you wait for the perfect weather, you’ll spend the rest of your life indoors.

Knowing that summer lasts for only one day, and is usually in July (last year it was on a Thursday 🙂 ), if you’re passionate about nature, you have to learn how to fight natural elements and go after what makes you happy, regardless of the high number of clouds present on the sky. It definitely toughens you up, which is not a bad thing at all!

With that being said, why not hiking during winter? Nature is beautiful all year around, so if you really want, you can find a lot of unique places to visit and breathtaking landscapes.

Equipped with hiking boots and curiosity, I went on a few 15 km long hikes, in the very green Dutch landscape. I must say, the mix of sand, earth, trees and water always leave me breathless. It makes you feel like it’s almost not possible to have them all in one spot, and still, it works just fine! What can be nicer than seeing the dunes, the sea and the beach, even on such a cold winter day?

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Hiking is wonderful but something I always wanted to do, is paint in nature, and I think there’s no better way to start the year, than with some fresh air, and a bit of creativity.

One thing is for sure about painting outside during winter, on a foggy day: if you don’t lose any fingers on the making, you have to hurry and finish the painting, as the fog eats one tree at a time, removing it from your landscape. Even so, I never had more fun doing it 🙂

painting in nature

Time flies by when you’re having fun, so I was sent home earlier than planned, because of the ‘unexpected’ sunset. The panting is still work in progress, but the amazing landscape is still very much alive, deep inside my memory.

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