The oldest stories of lions date back to some 32,000 years ago, they are represented in cave paintings in the south of france. More Morden, well about 620 and 560 BC. Aesop, the greek slave and story-teller wrote a fable, The Lion and the Mouse, the lion learns that mercy brings its reward, that there is no being so small that it cannot help a greater. You guessed it, the mouse saves the day. The lion being king of the heap threatens to eat the mouse, but the mouse begs not to be eaten, stating that he is an unworthy prey and would bring the lion no honour. The lion does not eat the mouse and is later rewarded for his mercy when he is caught in a trap set by hunters. The mouse notices the lions plight and gnaws through the traps ropes setting the lion free.
If you have ever wondered how to do this then you need to read Hesoid’s, Theogony/Works and Days. It is about the birth of the Gods and the struggle for power.
Lion, king of the jungle. Well not really as lions don’t live in the jungle, they live out on the African Savannah.
I mentioned some stories in my earlier post about whales, Famously Jonah spent three days inside a whales belly after an argument with God.
Sailors had trouble with mistaking whales for Islands and were shipwrecked as a result.
This is the first positive for a two colour screen print, it’s indian ink on clear film. I’ve not decided yet but it will be printed either red or blue.
This is the start of a watercolour of a Whale I am working on. As you can see I want to maintain a simple shape with all the narrative inside the shape. Whales have been in stories and
You won’t find any bears, Not in the Congo anyway. but there are tracks through the forests in the Congo, Paths, well trodden though the trees. What forest dweller could be making these paths?.. Elephants. Yes that right. Forest dwelling elephants.
“O lovely Pussy! O Pussy my love, What a beautiful Pussy you are, You are…”From Edward Lear’s famous Limerick “The Owl and the Pussy-cat”. It is said that the cat in the Limerick was based on Lear’s cat. Not sure about the Owl, Maybe he had a pet owl as well. who knows! We are engaged by stories that give animals human qualities. The owl and the pussy cat have a romance and get married, by a Turkey, no less. On a “land where the Bong-tree grows”! Owls and cats would obviously do no such thing. But we find that charming.
The longest story in Rudyard Kipling’s Just so Stories is, The Cat That Walked by Himself. It explains how all wild animals became domesticated by man except for the wildest of all, the cat. If you have read the story, like me you would have probably found it enchanting.