This starts with the mushrooms.
I like the idea of putting two tiny mice under the mushrooms. They are hiding from the hunter, in this case, yes, the cat. Soon I gather enough reference photos for this piece. But I do have hard time choosing the color theme. At first, I thought about night time when the mushrooms were glowing like my previous work. But this lost the point. Those two mice didn’t need a spotlight when they were hiding for their life. I also tried adding a magic circle around mushrooms but it didn’t fit. Also, nighttime would make the whole scene dark, too dark to spot the mice if the mushrooms did not glow. So it needed a little daylight but not bright summer sunlight.
I was stuck there for a while. So I started to go through my picture storage looking for inspiration. Then I found out several vintage poster illustrations. I thought that might work. With old film like green and yellow hue and a little bit dark outline, the cat , mice and mushrooms finally merged into one piece.
I have a little conversation for those two mice.
Brown one (Right) “Is it still there?”
Grey one (Left) “Yes! Don’t move!”
Brown one (Right) “What are we going to do?”
Grey one (Left) “We wait for eagles. The eagle will come!”
OK, it is not about “the Lord of the Rings”. It is because the bald eagle caught house cat into their nest for dinner. And it was captured on nest camera last year. After I read that news I was deeply concerned for my cat… 😂