Tag Archives: Folly Farm

A Vast Behind

30 Nov

giraffe

 

Back at Folly Farm yesterday, I was in the right place at the right time, standing under a fodder bucket in the Giraffe enclosure during feeding time. Rhian the giraffe was eating her scran just a couple of feet above my head! Well, I had to scribble her, didn’t I? Then she turned her attention to acacia branches hanging from the roof, so I sketched her from behind, rather a vast behind. Giraffe are HUGE! Her eye was about the size of my hand. What a magnificent animal. Drawn with a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen, size F into my A5 Tate Gallery sketchbook.

Let Sleeping Cats Lie

29 Nov

Especially if they’re lions!

 

lion

Husb and I spent a happy day at Folly Farm near Tenby celebrating a little relative’s birthday. I have mixed feelings about zoos, but this is a nice one with lots of space for the animals and they run a number of conservation programmes. With our species standing at over 6 billion and rising, it’s a sad fact that breeding rare species in captivity might be the only way to save them for the foreseeable future until we can reduce our own demands on the planet and learn to share it without endangering other species. I stopped for a couple of scribbles in my A5 Tate Gallery sketchbook, using Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens.

lioness

 

The lion was fast asleep, my favourite kind of model. Typical kitty behaviour. The beautiful lioness was pacing around keeping an eye on their 4 cubs. Harder to draw and my first attempt made her look a bit like a teddy bear. They are magnificent animals. Their size shocked me, I had never been up close to a lion/ess before. Their power and physique are incredible. It is horrifying that our species hunts them for fun or fur. Appalling!

A Grand Day Out.

7 Apr

Ink sketch - giraffes at Folly Farm.

A little relative had her 5th birthday today so we had a family day out at Folly Farm in West Wales, which was grand, although freezing cold. Of course it was, it’s a British Bank Holiday – too much to expect fine weather. At least it didn’t rain. We are lucky to still have four generations in our family and we made up a group aged from 15 months to 80 years and it was lovely. There was a very high wooden walkway going right up into the air and we were level with the giraffes. They are such strange creatures – I’ve never seen them close to before. Their hips face forward and they have these ridiculously skinny legs with nobbly knees. And very lumpy heads. I had my fingerles mittens on but my fingers still froze! We also saw meercats, mongooses and a foosa. Brilliant day out.

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