My wife and I also are fascinated with big (and small) cats because of their personalities and presence. I could tell you study them because your anatomy and the pose was so representative of the cat. My bucket list includes being able to rub heads with a big cat...odd yes, but it would be a memorable experience. We recent watched a report which showed a "hunter" can-hunting lions. It was heart-breaking. The lions are conditioned to come on a signal from the guides so the "hunter" can bag his trophy. In the scene, the best he could do was wound the animal so they had to track it down for the kill. The guide then congratulated him on his kill. Might as well have been shooting then lions in a zoo. Awful.
You for sure have a gift what a wonderful thing. You are amazingly talented!
I also just discovered Painting less than one year ago and I just turned 49. So I am excited like you and planning to do this til the end of day :) So far I have done Acrylics , mainly Oil Paintings and Pencil and Charcoal. I like to do a lot of textured Painting with my Palette knife.
Thanks for the detailed info regarding Scratch Art I am really intrigued and want to try it. I ll let you know how it goes !
Chuck, it's raining and so dark here that it looks like 2:40 AM instead of 2:40 PM, so I appreciate you sending sun and warmth! I might be one of those sun birds...planning a winter road/painting trip but I haven't finalized the details.
My hubby was an engineer for 13 years, and then switched to police officer 2 years ago. His sgt. has a new joke of the day for roll call at 3:00AM! Very few are funny enough to make it back to me ; ).
Thanks for the message Chuck. A few years ago I used my old toys in paintings and I thorally enjoyed myself. I also used to use scratch boards which was very addictive but you are very good at them, I wasn't ...........".
So you live in Yuma. We camped there for a couple weeks a few years ago. Meadview is about 2 1/2 hours from Las Vegas. We live near the Grand Canyon Skywalk and near Lake Mead. My focus right now is oils...started The Virtual Artist Academy. I'll watch for your work...let's be artist friends!
Hi Chuck! Thanks for the note! Will love to see your watercolors, but you truly are the scratch board master! Yes we do have some neat buildings here in Las Cruces! I just love the southwestern architecture. Right now trying to paint an old building I photographed in Organ, the old mining town. Doing it in acrylics...it is taking me forever. Mainly I think because I have to keep remixing paint, it dries so fast. How long do your scratch boards take, say the last one? LOTS of detail!
At the risk of sounding cliche, America really is a melting pot! My maternal grandmother was born in Frankfurt, Germany and her family emigrated here when she was 2. I remember her telling me that the other kid's made fun of them during WWI because they had German accents. By WWII, her oldest son was a navigator on planes that flew missions over Germany. All my other relatives come from either County Clare or County Mayo in Ireland. And I know I ended my last post this way...it's way too hot here--we're not used to this kind of heat on the Cape!
Your trip to England sounds fantastic! So your wife's family were pilgrims! We like our pilgrims around here! My family are relative newcomers, most of my ancestors came over during the Irish potato famine. Today is way to hot here!
Wow--50 years! That's wonderful! I love the cool weather (I adore fall and winter on the Cape--and not just because the tourists all go home). Of course, last winter we had record snowfall here in Massachusetts. For one storm we had to climb out a window because the snow was so high we couldn't open the door! What a nice story about how you were introduced to scratch art. It's amazing how small the world seems sometimes!
Sounds like you did pretty well for yourself! You said you need the rain, are you in California? I live on Cape Cod and, we're okay in the rain department; but, it's a bit warmer than usual for us. How did you get into scratch art? You must love animals, it shows in your work!
Hi Chuck, nice to here from you, my Trout was lovely it's my next favourite fish after sea bass. Glad you enjoyed your trip to Bath it's a great little city and I love living on it's doorstep. Thanks for your lovely comments, I think your scratch work is pretty amazing, I wouldn't even know where to begin. Best wishes Polly :-}}