Orange tip butterfly, a true sing spring has arrived. Resting on shepherd’s purse. The food-plant is lady’s smock.
After a short break from painting it’s time to get back in the flow, easing in with some more pictures of Mum’s cat. Cats come second in preference to crocodiles for David
Mum’s cat, Sheeba, a calico cat with quite an attitude
Keeping with the reptile theme, this mamba is green and reputedly mean.
Another crowd pleasing crocodile or maybe this one is an alligator trying not to sneeze.
The request from the client, when shown the animal pictures done for him so far, was “More crocodiles”. It is always best when the client has a clear idea of what they want.
Polar bear because I did today’s audio blog on polar bear cub adoption in a roundabout way https://audioboo.fm/boos/2020506-you-couldn-t-make-it-up-english-news-on-march-26th
Cape buffalo. The last of the big five in this series of animal pictures for David. He is a difficult character to meet in the wild and proved to have a mind of his own when painted, determined to look menacing and comically rakish at the same time.
Hippos in water. These great animals are in their element in the river or lake but on dry land they are also formidably fast. Though they are vegetarians they have a fiercely bad tempers and need to be treated with great caution. I got no closer than a photograph for this picture but painting it made me think of a day spent fishing for tiger fish in Zambia where hippos were companions in the river, we went to the upstreams end of the sandbanks as the hippos favoured the downstream parts.
Start the week with one of the big five, actually one and a half. African elephants are so big close up and make such a deep sound in their chests like the rumble of far away thunder or an earthquake that you feel them as well as see and smell them.
The latest arrival at the ugly bug ball, a lacewing. Iridescent wings are a bit of a novelty, so is working with something only 15mm long
Cat napping, life drawing the easy way, when the subject is asleep in the sun. I have no idea how to get the brilliant white of Ashi’s fur except to leave it unpainted, of course I painted the white bits first this time.
The humble bumblebee. These solitary bees can be big and scary but actually don’t sting. They are starting to appear as the spring gets going, searching the hedgerows for nest sites. I prefer to draw and paint from life but this one is from a photo in a book, the only thing I had to hand this morning.
Pig headed, not to be argued with, how the warthog got his name
Hogging the frame, warts and all, Africa’s characterful bush pig