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New beginnings and a spiritual encounter with big cats. I share the story behind my latest paining, Essence of Spirit.
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THE STORY OF SPIRIT

Several years ago, a friend shared with me the story of a black leopard named Spirit. It really touched my heart and after watching the video on YouTube, I had such a need to visit the Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary in Plettenberg Bay. What a magical experience!

Some of these magical moments included a puma walking along the fence making a strange sound, which the guide told me was her way of saying "hello". Another was when a cheetah got up and walked straight towards me, looking me directly in the eyes! Even though I was behind a very secure fence, I still stepped back due to the intensity. Have always wondered what she was actually thinking at that moment.

... And then, I got to meet Spirit. He took a while to show himself but eventually came to have a big stretch and sharpen his claws on an old tree trunk lying on the ground. He was truly magnificent - both in appearance and in spiritual presence. I felt very blessed to have seen him, and ever since, I have wanted to do a painting that would portray all the beauty, magic and spirit I felt in that moment.

If you are ever in the area, do yourself a favour and go for a visit (cooler weather or later in the day is the best). The enclosures are massive with lots of greenery, and the animals are really cared for. You will leave with a smile, and Jukani having touched your hea
rt and soul. Visit www.jukani.co.za for more information and to learn more about the amazing work they do. 

ESSENCE OF SPIRIT - ORIGINAL PAINTING
MEDIUM
 Gouache, Gold Gouache, Coloured Pencil
MATERIAL Arches (100% Cotton)
SIZE 370 x 525 mm (unframed) 
PRICE On request (payment over 3 months available) 

ESSENCE OF SPIRIT - FINE ART PRINTS
MATERIAL 
Archival fine art print on Hahnemühle 308gsm acid-free cotton paper
SIZE 370 x 525 mm
PRICE R1 900 (including postage within South Africa)


Please email info@tracyconnellart.com for more information.

NEW BEGINNINGS

Those that follow me on social media will know that I have been very busy for the past 2 months renovating my new apartment. It was completely stripped, except for the flooring. For anyone with OCD tendencies, this is an extremely therapeutic experience, and highly recommended! 😉

It was a test of patience in terms of not being able to paint (as my time was taken up by all things interior), but an absolutely wonderful experience to have my vision slowly become reality! So I guess, even though I was not painting, I was creative in a new way 🙂 I officially move in at the end of this year and cannot wait to make it my special space and home!

As always, thank you to all for your support! Speak soon! 

Much love,
Tracy
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