Lion Painting (update)

Here’s the latest update of the big Lion painting. Still really at the blocking in stage, although I have spent a little more time on the Lion’s head than elsewhere.

This painting is for sale

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Lion Painting – Next Stage (Jason Morgan)

Here’s the latest update. I have done the under / tonal painting with just 1 acrylic colour – burnt sienna, although it might look a little dark on this photo, the highlights are where I have wiped the wet paint of with some tissue when it was drying.

This will just give me a rough plan to follow, just showing me the position of the darks and lights.

I might or might not, dig out my acrylics to continue with the underpainting as I did in my last demo – not decided yet

lion kill scene

Lion Painting (drawing stage) Wildlife Art

Here is the latest update, the drawing has now been transfered to the canvas. I will probably add the tip of the lions tail coming back in to the canvas, just to mirroe the buffalo horn

lion drawing

Giraffe Painting – Detailing The Grass

I want this painting to be quite realistic and that means to me that the grasses will also need to be detailed. Which on my large paintings is not usually a problem, but as mentioned this painting is something like 20in wide, so quite small.

Painting in all the individual grasses and little seed pods etc would no doubt look contrived and unrealistic, so I needed to devise another more natural way. What I did was a combination of loose directional brush strokes in the under painting and then a layer of spatter using various colours and a toothbrush! (old one 🙂 then I went back in with the brush just to define the more important grasses.

I think it has come out ok so far. I need to let this bit dry before I do the very front ones – then I will go back and work most of the painting again.

There are some great close-ups of the grass etc on my site

giraffe-painting-2

Wildlife Art Studies for Collectors

I thoroughly enjoyed creating my latest Cape Buffalo studies, and from the emails I have received, lots of my visitors enjoyed them too.

When my gorilla painting has dried I have plans to do quite a few more studies, they could be anything at the moment, but elephants and Hippo are currently foremost in my mind – so if anyone is interested in those studies please just drop me an email – Paintings and studies can be reserved for collectors with no commitment to purchase.

Welcome to my Wildlife Art Blog………..

Just a little about me …..

I am a wildlife artist, living in the united kingdom. I regularly exhibit in the Juried National exhibition of wildlife art, Marwell international art exhibition and the Society of wildlife art exhibition.

I have most recently been made a signature member of the Worldwide Nature Artists Group – WNAG.

Botswana

I don’t know why I have this all encompassing desire to paint wildlife…….. perhaps I will never know, but when I am painting, then nothing else exists.

I am right back at the scene where I first saw my subject.

Back with the lions of the dry savannah of Savuti or the elephants in the lush vegetation of the Okavango Delta…… It’s almost as if time stands still as I relive my memories through painting….

elephants-savuti

My love of animals has been there for as long as I can remember, along with my desire to draw and paint, so looking back it now seems inevitable that I would become a wildlife artist.

I strive to paint wildlife as accurately as I can, so where possible I like to see the animals in their natural environment, and this has, of course, lead to some very exciting journeys and experiences.

tiger-painting

For some you need more nerve than others. ha………….

Such as standing only 30 foot away from a female elephant in moonlight, sitting in an open sided jeep with a pride of lions just 10 feet away, or even fishing waist high in the Okavango Delta.

Okavango

It’s these exhilarating and very personal experiences that I believe help me so much in my portrayal of wildlife in it’s natural environment.

It’s the hidden things that you can truly only experience by being there in person.

I, like many, wildlife artists, am involved with conservation. It seems so common these days that a wildlife artist is involved in conservation that it has almost become a cliché, and sometimes I hesitate to mention my own involvement, but conservation does need to be brought to the public attention and the more that become involved the better for the wildlife.

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