Last week saw typical April weather… except it’s June… blistering sunshine on the Saturday, heavy rain on the Sunday. Blue didn’t care that much, he still wanted his walk. The sun made a break through the clouds and I caught this shot on my mobile.
Well, it’s been a while since I last posted and as Blue is loving Spring, I thought I’d better post a few pis of what he’s been up to. The above shot shows him cooling down in the cool grass with his (hidden) tennis ball. He’s pretty good off the lead now. A good chuck of the walks are off the lead. He’s been making more doggy friends this way and loves to run off the lead with them. Plus it really knackers him out.
He likes to leg it into the bean crops with his tennis ball… he knows I can’t catch him. The crops have grown quite quickly, since this shot was taken, the beans have shot skyward – in some fields they hide him completely now. The only way to know where he is is to follow the crops that are moving.
More chillin’ in the cool grass
As the snow makes a return, Blue loves to get his nose buried into it and enjoys a game of catch the snowball.
He bumped into a recent new friend - a big ol’ Lab called Leo, about five times his size. Whilst they were messing around a couple of other dogs showed up. Blue was in dog play heaven. He took a particular shine to a beautiful 5 month old blue merle collie called Tiger on account of his markings.
Tigerfire II – Bengal Tiger, Watercolour. Size A1. (Zoomed in & cropped)
I mentioned before that I got into painting tigers by seeing a print by Simon Combes and decided to try to copy it in watercolour. This oil painting by Combes was called Indian Summer. There is a picture of it below. Copying an oil by using watercolour is no mean feat, especially as I only had a tiny picture of it in a leaflet from the local gallery. Anyway, the above photo is of my effort. It’s been slightly cropped as it is a photograph of the painting in a frame and the glass reflections were causing problems.
Why ‘Tigerfire II’? – my parents used to have this huge tiger oil painting in the dining room when I was a kid, I’m sure it was called Tigerfire, so I named it after that.
Simon Combes original oil painting ‘Indian Summer’
Autumn Mist – Bengal Tiger, Watercolour. Size A1.
I thought it was about time I sorted out getting some of my artwork on here. Being as it’s the Chinese year of the tiger, I thought I’d kick off with this…
This is one of a series of Bengal tigers created in watercolour. Size A1. This one is called ‘Autumn Mist’. I used a book that I was bought on Bengal tigers for the composition of the paintings.
I got into painting tigers when I saw this beautiful limited edition print of a tiger oil painting in a local gallery leaflet, I couldn’t afford it (it was by a well known wildlife artist – Simon Combes), so I took the leaflet and set about copying it – that’s how I got into painting these beautiful animals.
A few days ago I was watching the BBC’s Arctic Man documentary on the legendary Alaskan race and this cool looking dog made an appearance.