Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Prince Of The Glen - red deer stag in Scotland oil painting

Prince Of The Glen - 6" x 6" oil on hardboard/masonite


I was tempted to entitle this painting In The Velvet as the antlers on this stag are covered in 'velvet' which is the name given to the short soft hair which covers the antlers when they are growing, however Prince Of The Glen won out!

It was offered for sale earlier today but has now been sold.

Friday, 9 March 2012

Ticket To Ride - oil painting of little bird in stirrups

Ticket To Ride - 5" x 7" oil on hardboard/masonite

This painting came about as a result of a challenge on the artists' reference page in facebook which I thought it might be fun to enter. Those of you old enough to know, and maybe those not old enough (!) will know the Beatles' song from which the title comes.


This painting is still wet and will need a week or two to dry before it can be shipped

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Burnt The Fire - tiger oil painting

Burnt The Fire - 7" x 5" oil on hardboard/masonite

I'm rather enjoying this foray into wildlife and think I will paint a lot more of it. I love the expression in this tiger's eyes and the whole painting was a pleasure to paint. I hope you get pleasure from it too.

To those who have asked, the title of the painting comes from the same poem as Burning Bright: The Tiger by William Blake. This is an excerpt:

Tiger, tiger, burning bright    
In the forests of the night,    
What immortal hand or eye    
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?    

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?   
What the hand dare seize the fire?


Thursday, 1 March 2012

Hunter's Moon - wolf and moon original oil

Hunter's Moon - 6" x 6" oil on hardboard/masonite


I am a great admirer of the wolf - not surprising really I suppose, given my love of dogs. Whilst I will admit I can't watch them on tv when they are hunting, well at the kill to be more accurate, I love watching their interaction with each other, their great affection for other members of the pack and nurturing care of their youngsters.

I understand that wolves were much revered in Native American culture and were credited in teaching them about the importance of family and how to hunt and forage for food. Other tribes also believed they were spiritual beings and my aim in this painting was to depict a 'spiritual being'.