Thursday, 16 February 2012

Burning Bright

Burning Bright - 7" x 5" oil on hardboard/masonite


There is no question that the markings on some of the big cats are simply breathtaking and a real joy, and challenge(!), to paint realistically. It is only too easy to make them seem pasted on rather than an integral part of the coat and so it's important to blend them in with the other colours in the fur. 

It is of course the fantatic markings of the tiger which have made it prey to man's desire for unusual coats and rugs. This desire together with other pressures has led the tiger, the largest of the big cats, to become an endangered species - what a sad reflection on the human race.

This painting is straight off the easel and will need at least one or two weeks to dry before it can be shipped.

Sunday, 12 February 2012


Bubbles - 6" x 6" oil on hardboard/masonite


Some of my facebook friends are very prolific photographers and take some really nice photos. The photograph on which this painting is based was taken by Dee Dee Lancelotta and features one of her Dalmatians named Romeo.

I enjoyed painting this bubbly picture and hope you enjoy it too!


Thursday, 9 February 2012

A Rare Beauty

A Rare Beauty - 7" x 5" oil on hardboard/masonite


I had intended posting this yesterday but ran out of time. It occurred to me while painting it that maybe I am somewhat captivated by all things spotted! This jaguar certainly has a lot of spots and was quite difficult to paint, given the small size of the work. Getting a reasonably accurate photo has proved even more difficult! I hope though that I have managed to achieve both aims fairly well and that you enjoy A Rare Beauty.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Little Harvest Mouse

Little Harvest Mouse - 7" x 5" oil on hardboard/masonite


This is the second harvest mouse I have painted. They are such sweet little animals and we have a lot which live up on Merrow Downs - an area of grassland very near where I live. For those who might wonder, they only live in the countryside, not houses and I think they are absolutely lovely!

This painting is straight off the easel and will need to dry for several days before it can be shipped. Based on a photograph by whiskymac at flickr