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Forest Jewels by BarbBarcikKeith

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19×25 pastel on sandpaper. Original unavailable and residing in Florida.

As of 11-23-14, 1528 views and 12 favorited.

CHALLENGES: Contemporary Pastel Painters – Pastel Focus Feature – Winner;
FEATURES: Wild Cats & Their Environment; 100-499 Views; AMAZING Wildlife; For the Love of Cats; For the Love of Cats (12-31-12);

I did this piece as a trade to a photographer (Pete Carmichael) who came through for me in a pinch – I needed “cheetah feet”!! He was so prompt, considering the piece was already going. He was also quite surprised when this showed up at his door!!

The Jaguar is found today from southern Mexico southwards to Argentina. Its last stronghold is Amazonia and it is rare everywhere else. Until the 1940s there were still small colonies in Texas and Arizona, but it is now extinct there. It is also believed that there are only a few hundred left in the whole of Central America.

Because of its forest habitat it is difficult to estimate its total numbers with any accuracy, but it is safe to say that it is an endangered species because of deforestation, persecution as a result of its attacks on domestic animals, and, above all, fur-trapping. The fur trade records show that, as recently as the 1960s, there was an annual slaughter of no fewer than 15,000 jaguars in Amazonian Brazil alone. Today, 15,000 is probably not too far from the figure for the total world population. (information from The Big Cats )

  • Complete 02-08-1999 in 26.45 spread over 11 days

I love what I do and I do what I love.. been drawing for over 60 years now – I hope I’ve got it right.

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  • carpenter777
    carpenter777almost 7 years ago


  • foxykya1
    foxykya1almost 7 years ago

    You are truely talented! What type of pastels do you use?

  • Mostly any kind of soft pastel but I also have Derwent pastel pencils along with a few conte types.

    – BarbBarcikKeith

  • Brian Towers
    Brian Towersalmost 7 years ago

    I’m always in awe of your compositions as much as the details which are so perfect. Anyone can buy the pencils you use, but unfortunately we can’t buy the skill needed to use ’em.

  • Practice.. practice.. practice and loads of patience too..

    – BarbBarcikKeith

  • Denise Martin
    Denise Martinalmost 7 years ago

    Hi Barbi – this is very impressive, and quite beautiful – I’ll bet the photographer was so thrilled to receive it

  • pat oubridge
    pat oubridgealmost 7 years ago

    This is straight to my favourites Barb…..absolutely exquisite

  • Brenda Thour
    Brenda Thouralmost 7 years ago


  • JoanIreland1970
    JoanIreland1970over 6 years ago

    love it!

  • Shelleymay
    Shelleymayover 6 years ago

    Stunning work!

  • Winona Sharp
    Winona Sharpover 6 years ago

    Another great big cat picture for my favorites.

  • teresaj
    teresajover 6 years ago


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