This is a preliminary sketch for a painting I plan to work on this winter. While this won’t be the final pose, I wanted a chance to familiarize myself once again with the physique of these big cats before putting pencil to watercolor paper. It will be an ambitious painting, to say the least, since it will be the largest I’ve attempted so far. If it comes out well, it will be the center piece for my open studio event in 2015. But, let’s worry about THAT later. For now… I’m concentrating on the details, the composition and the mood for the initial steps in creating the final artwork.