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Making Friends

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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.

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February 26, 2010 at 1:33 pm

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Tigerfire II

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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’

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February 19, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Autumn Mist

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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.

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February 19, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Arctic Man… & Dog

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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.

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February 16, 2010 at 6:02 pm

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Tree

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January and February can be gloomy, miserable months. It’s like the saturation & contrast has been knocked down on everything. Gladly, the low sun occasionally makes an appearance and you are reminded of what the Spring and Summer will bring.

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February 15, 2010 at 5:17 pm