Polar Bear

Here is another arctic animal on our list, the polar bear. I’m sorry to say that they are on the “threatened” list – it would be such a shame to lose these beautiful creatures.

Polar Bear
Polar Bear

One of the most interesting facts about polar bears is that, unlike all other bear species, they do not den and hibernate over the winter. Other bears hibernate because of lack of food in the winter, but polar bears have access to their favorite foods all year long. The only exception is mother polar bears because they need to keep the babies warm. I’m all for being snuggly warm!

Arctic Fox

This white fluffball of an animal is related to a other foxes, wolves, and dogs. One thing an Arctic fox can do that its other relatives can’t is change the color of its fur depending on the season.

Arctic Fox
Arctic Fox

Naturally, they have thick white fur in the winter months, but other times of the year Arctic foxes have brown or grey coats. Their winter fur is the warmest pelt of any animal found in the Arctic, enduring temperatures as low as -70 degrees centigrade, or -94 degrees Fahrenheit. I cant even imagine . . . brr!

Kitten, #WorldWatercolorGroup

Painting this little white kitten was a great exercise in negative painting.  Having not done much negative painting I was pleased with it in the end, but I have no idea if I did it “right.”

White Kitten

White Kitten

Of course I knew the background colors would be reflected onto the white kitty and that there would be shadowing, but how does a painter know when to introduce another color and where?  I’d be glad to hear any pointers on this! Happy Sunday!

 

Ibis, #WorldWatercolorMonth

A few years ago while visiting Sanibel Island in Florida, I saw my very first ibis.  I know that is not a tremendous milestone, but I was thrilled to observe this beautiful white bird up close and personal as he stood next to me on the beach.  Oh, such striking blue eyes they have!  The ibis uses his long, curved bill to search for insects, snails, or small fish in the surf, and they also like to eat larger things like crabs, crayfish, and snakes.  I was able to snap a reference photo as he stood with his neck crouched down, one foot in the air, and resting for a bit.

 

Ibis in watercolor

Ibis in watercolor

I admire artists who use unconventional colors to represent white objects and wanted to give that technique a try.  The shadows were easiest to represent with the purples and blues, and I gave him a little sun-kissed glow and reflections from the colors of the beach.  After studying many such paintings I am still not sure how well I pulled it off, but I kind of like this little rainbow ibis.  TGIF, and have a great weekend!

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World Watercolor Month 2016