Warm Winter Day – Lynx
Limited Edition of 100, 18″ x 24″ – $160.00
Open Edition 10″ x 8″ – $30.00
A lynx is about the same weight as a bobcat but appears larger because of its longer fur and legs. The fur has fewer markings and is paler than that of the bobcat’s. The lynx has conspicuous ear tufts, whereas a bobcat’s ears are tipped with shorter hairs. Its feet are much larger than those of a bobcat and serve as snowshoes, allowing it to run and pursue prey over deep snow. The heavy coat, long legs and large feet adapt it well to the Northern States, Canada and Alaska. A forest resident, it is not as versatile as its southern cousin, the bobcat, which ranges only as far north as southern British Columbia and Alberta but south through much of the United States and Mexico. The lynx is truly a cat of the north and fares well in places where a bobcat would flounder.
In the composition, “A Warm Winter Day,” a lynx is enjoying the mid-morning light. The heavy blanket of snow is starting to melt providing a quiet cushion of softness and warmth. The tips of the spruce boughs with needles poking from beneath the snow, icicles which suggest that the freezing and thawing cycle is lessening winter’s grip, and water droplets dripping, are all intended to capture the tranquility of the moment. The lynx is highlighted by using detail – each pencil stroke filling in a small section of its surface. The background is reduced but not eliminated, adding to rather than distracting the viewer’s attention from the animal in its serenity.