Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Wild Cat in the Woods

"Cougar Cub" ACEO Watercolor and ink by Colleen K Carrigan (c) 2008 SOLD

Autumn Cougar

A couple of weeks ago my brother and his wife, who live very near the Snake River in Idaho, were awaken in the night by "the most blood curdling screaming" they've ever heard, just back in the woods.

"It sounded like a woman screaming at the top of her lungs, to the point that I was getting ready to dial 911! Then, I realized what we were hearing: a mountain lion. At times it would become a throaty growl and extremely loud." B.W.C.

The next day my brother found the skeletal remains of an adult mule deer that had been completely consumed during the night. Mule deer are large animals - a doe weighs an average of 150 pounds. From tracks it appeared that there were two cats, an adult and juvenille cougar at the feeding site.

This true story inspired me to paint one of my very favorite wild cats.

She's just watching with that intelligent cunning gaze. Cougars bring forth the gifts of power and strength.

"Autumn Cougar"

Watercolor and ink ACEO (2.5" x 3.5") by Colleen K Carrigan (c) 2009 SOLD

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  1. Colleen, this is beautiful. I am a cat lover and I adore big cats as well.:)

  2. Thank you so much for the nice comment. Aren't cougars beautiful. I too love little kitties and big kitties!