New paintings

Bath time for the Sumatran Tiger
I give credit to David Whelan photography for this painting. I bought this photo from Wildlife Reference photos and had the permission to paint it. David had to wait many hours in the heat to capture this photo inside the Melbourne Zoo.  I loved the eyes of this tiger and his gaze towards something that is interesting which showed character and intelligence in this fella.  One of the reasons to paint this beautiful creature.
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Wild Asian Tusker 1 – Elephas Maximus I was inspired to do this painting on the basis to all those elephants being killed in Sri Lanka not for poaching but because of human-elephant conflict. An elephant born with tusks is considered to be a blessing or blessing in disguise? Tusks are their teeth the upper incisors. The embedded part has a pulp cavity and the visible ivory part of the tusk is made of dentine with an outer layer of enamel. The tusks are their formidable weapons.This Asian tusker was captured by my friend in a moving vehicle and the photo was not that great so I decided to take only the shape of the body and I decided to do my own composition of this painting with a different background as some usually roam close to the reserve boundaries. I tried to capture an evening setting with the light coming from the right side.
Asian Tusker heading home
Elephants are a true majesty above all other animals. Three species are currently recognised: the African bush elephant (Loxodonta africana), the African forest elephant (L. cyclotis), and the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus). The Asian elephant is different to the African elephant as they have smaller ears and slimmer and slender tusks. What is in store for our future Asian tuskers? Human-elephant conflict is increasing due to conversion of elephant habitat to settlements and permanent cultivation. Please protect these endangered speciesThis lone tusker is heading towards through the fields in an evening setting towards the elephant gathering. My own composition inspired by their gentle eyes and my encounter with this elephant during my visit to the Yala National Park. I would love to see him again next time 🙂