Watercolours and water-soluble colour pencils on paper. 29,7 × 42 cm (11,6″ × 16,5").

“Winter Night” is the first watercolour of the series “Gia, daughter of Earth”, which portrays the adventures and experiences of a kind spirit of nature, protector and friend of plants and animals.

In this first composition, Gia is immersed in a deep, peaceful dream inside a cave, which serves as a winter refuge to a bear and her two cubs. Gia, present on Earth since the origin of life itself, lies asleep in harmony, covered by the warm embrace of Mother Bear and the radiant glow of the moon and stars. The two cubs huddle at her feet, her dear brothers of nature, who dream about the coming of spring, since they want to run in the mysterious forest’s streams with their jovial sister of two wings.

While they sleep in the winter night, a fox is watching them with nostalgic eyes, remembering the time when he was also small, playing with their little brothers of orange tails, and always under the watchful eye of a mother. Now, as a grownup, he knows those magical days will never return. However, even though he hardly would ever see her mother and brothers again, he does not feel sad or lonely, because he has a great new family that loves him, with Gia leading them up.

And the Snowy Owl also knows this, while he is on Mother Bear watching a couple of fraternal bats. Owl, like Fox, is not alone, because all the creatures of the forest are together even when they are not close, performing a function that keeps nature in balance.

And Gia, daughter of Earth, will always be there to care for them since the origin of life itself…

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fantasy, watercolor, watercolour, fairy, magic, surreal, dream, nature, tales, woman, magical, snow, owl, fox, winter, moon, bear, bat, white, star, tree, animal, princess, flower, landscape, wildlife, water, blue, bird, sky, sunset, cloud, mountain, forest, lake

I’m an artist who lives in Lima, Peru. I enjoy drawing and painting about fantasy, magic, fairy tales, classic children books and mythological themes. I also love to create animal and nature compositions. © All rights reserved. All images contained on these pages are © copyright protected by Wil Zender and any use of these images in any form without his written permission will be considered an infringement of these copyrights.

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  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 1 year ago

    03-30-13 Congratulations!
    Your outstanding work has been selected for a feature in ?ART UNIVERSE?

    Please click the banner and write a comment on your feature page – we would love that?


    – Wil Zender

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 1 year ago

    A gorgeous work of art. I love the story that goes with this as well. Congratulations on your feature. :o)

  • hank you so much, dear Bunny Clarke!!! My watercolour is mainly about union (represent by Gia, the bear family and the bat couple), and loneliness (the fox and the snow owl, who feel a bit nostalgic). But at the end, all the characters in the cave are together as a great family. Greetings from Spain!!!

    – Wil Zender

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityover 1 year ago

    Such a delight- Love this x

  • Thank you so much, dear Anita!!! =)))

    – Wil Zender

  • Carol and Mike Werner
    Carol and Mike...over 1 year ago

    Charming artwork, Wil! Congrats on the Daily Dazzler!

  • Thank you very much, dear Carol and Mike! Greetings from Spain!

    – Wil Zender

  • sandygrafik
    sandygrafikover 1 year ago

    You already know this one is my favorite!! So sweet and whimsical! Love it ?

  • Thank you dear Sandra, you are so kind!! Thanks for the fav too!!! =)

    – Wil Zender

  • sandygrafik
    sandygrafikover 1 year ago

    Just saw your feature in the weekly wrap!! Congratulations!! You deserve it, Wil! Your art is absolutely amazing :)

  • Thank you so much, dear Sandra!!! Your art is the real AMAZING!!! Keep creating your wonderful works, love all of them!!! :)

    – Wil Zender

  • Beatrice Cloake
    Beatrice Cloakeover 1 year ago

    Amazing watercolour Wil that I would like to see in our group :)

  • Thank so much for your kind comment and support, dear Beatrice!
    I promise you my “Winter Night” watercolour will be the first of many paintings I’ll share in your splendid art group!
    ¡Saludos desde España! (Greetings from Spain!) :)

    – Wil Zender

  • LisaMM
    LisaMMover 1 year ago


  • Thank you very much, dear Lisa!!!

    – Wil Zender

  • Beatrice Cloake
  • WOW, Thank you so much, dear Beatrice, for this great honour, you are so kind!!! Cheers!!!

    – Wil Zender

  • Beatrice Cloake
    Beatrice Cloakeover 1 year ago

    I am so sorry to have given you a link that did not work
    Please visit the features page in PAINTERS ACADEMICS where comments are left.

  • Don’t worry, Beatrice, thank you! :-)

    – Wil Zender

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