“man-cub takes to the jungle.”
faerie tale feet piece inspired by rudyard kipling's the jungle book and other mowgli stories.
the first male character painted in the faerie tale feet series was mowgli from rudyard kipling’s the jungle book and all of his published mowgli stories. featuring all of our favourite jungle friends, plus a few you may not know unless you read the book & didn’t just watch the delightful jazz romp disney produced. : )
mowgli hangs from a rope indicative of indian temple carvings- the ruins of which bagheera, baloo, & kaa saved him from the monkeys’ kidnapping.
have a look at the painting process below and then i'll let you know what story icons are hanging out in the background.
background story imagery includes:
- mang the bat
- the elephants, bagheera
- sahi the porcupine (my fave line from the book: “sahi is full of stories half heard & very badly told”)
- the red flower (fire)
- shere khan (represented by a tiger mask like farmers wear on the back of their heads in the fields to scare off real tigers)
- mother wolf
- the monkey-folk….
all here to give you the sense of jungle adventure and to cheer mowgli on as he decides between the jungle he knows and perhaps where he ends up. “but that is a story for grown-ups,” as kipling concludes.
original gouache painting (11×11″) framed to 19″ square is available for $475 + $40 for safe US shipping. contact me.
limited edition signed prints available here on my etsy shoppe: http://etsy.me/1T983IT
greeting card available here: http://etsy.me/1KbKOUx
front of the card reads: “But Mowgli fell as Baloo had taught him to fall, and landed on his feet.”
poignant for life, no? the card is blank on the inside, so perfect for any encouraging application or salutation!