Monday, March 29, 2010

White Tiger Pastel

When I look In Your Eyes
White Tiger

One of my favorite places is the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska, and one of my favorite exhibits is the Big Cats complex.   I love all the animals, but one of the most fascinating is the white tiger. I haven't been able to visit Omaha for a few years now, but I believe the beautiful, majestic cat still rules there. This painting was done from a photo taken on a previous visit.

I am amazed by those incredibly beautiful blue eyes, and so decided to make him the newest in my series of paintings inspired by the song "When I Look In Your Eyes"  from the musical "Dr, Dolittle."

This is a different sort of technique, pastel on stretched canvas. The canvas is first prepared by applying a mixture of marble dust and Acrylic glaze medium.  Pastel is applied in thin layers, then brushed with water, resulting in a watercolor-like underpainting. The picture was then refined by strokes of soft pastel.  This was a new technique for me, seemed like a lot more work, but it did produce a nice effect, and it is always fun for me to try new things.   I think I will use the technique again, but probably not all the time.

Pastel on stretched canvas, prepared with marble dust. It is 8 x 10. As with other pastels, it should be framed under glass.  It will be available through Art Helping Animals and Daily Painters on Tuesday, listed on Ebay later in the week. 20% of the sale will be donated to Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center


V Bridges Hoyt said...

Your pastel animal portraits are so beautiful. I learned something new from your blog today. Did you find the marble dust at your local art store? I may try this technique myself. Thanks for the blog, Della. The white tiger is beautiful!

V Bridges Hoyt said...

P.S. I love your sidebar Spock Quote for today, "I have never understood the female capacity to avoid a direct answer to any question." -- Spock in 'This Side of Paradise'

OiseauBird said...

White tiger with blue eyes
Wnderful animal and wonderful pastel.
At Miami's zoo it is one like that;
so amazing...