Big cat time

I have been a little slow finishing the architectural commission waiting on some more pictures to come in.  I have been itching to get the inks out, but I know that I shouldn’t until I am satisfied with the reference photos.  I decided to go ahead with some smaller watercolor animals in the meantime. It took about 2 days to complete these, mostly because I wanted to let the paper settle back down. Some years ago I bought a watercolor stretcher board set up and I wanted to try it with the animals.  It allows me to thoroughly wet the paper to stretch it and then clips it with screws and metal framing to hold it tightly.  It really worked well with these as there is no buckling after it totally dried.  I did these two on the bottom half and there is room for more if I flip the board around .  All I have to do is cut them apart.

CougarCheetahI swear my brain must be turning to jelly because, once again, I forgot the frisket.  Still, I rather like the way these big cats turned out.  I did spritz the paper as I lay down the ink to soften the edges a little bit.  I took the reference photos many years ago when my kids were small.  I think it might have been at the Cincinnati zoo because way back in the recesses of my memory I think I am remembering a cheetah breeding program.  I am planning to go and visit the Indianapolis zoo in May or June and take many more new photos.  It will be so different now using my digital camera.  Before, I had to take rolls upon rolls of film in hopes that I would get a few good shots.  Now I will be able to take a zillion, edit accordingly, and not be concerned with the cost of printing up so many photos.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bri
    Mar 25, 2012 @ 17:07:09

    Your watercolors are gorgeous and wonderfully detailed Ruth. Thank you for sharing them.



  2. ruthsartwork
    Mar 25, 2012 @ 21:43:57

    Thanks Bri. I like to switch between the architectural art and the animals to keep it interesting for me.


  3. Cindy D.
    Mar 26, 2012 @ 17:15:02

    These are really nice! Great job on the coloring for the cougar in particular.


  4. ruthsartwork
    Mar 26, 2012 @ 19:58:32

    Thanks Cindy. I think I am learning that less is more sometimes with the watercolors.


  5. lesliepaints
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 12:16:55

    These are awesome, Ruth, especially that first one. I like what you have been accomplishing with the ink and the watercolor together. Something about the head on that top one nails it for me. Love the lankiness you captured with it, also. The second one looks as though you captured him or her listening to the surroundings which adds more for me, the viewer. Good job!


  6. ruthsartwork
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 14:29:41

    Thanks Leslie. I hope you have been getting a little more time for yourself lately. I am looking forward to a visit to the zoo soon. I have just about exhausted my store of photos and look forward to being able to shoot away and not worry if I got any good shots and and the cost of developing everything.


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