I very much wanted to do a painting of a tiger, preferably one in the water. Unfortunately, it's very hard to capture a photo of this even if you do live nearby the world famous San Diego zoo. My visits to the zoo almost always had the tigers sleeping together in the shade. My photos didn't have that ephemeral quality I was looking for and wanted to convey in my painting. Thank goodness for Google images where I found a beautiful photo reference of just the tiger I had in mind. With special permission from the talented German photographer, Moni Sertel (http://moni-sertel.blogspot.com/), I was able to do my painting of the elusive and not quite extinct tiger. I plan to enter "Tiger Play" in this year's Cat Connection show and other shows. The great thing about the Cat Connection show is that the proceeds go to help feral cats.
It is also time to say goodbye to the Year of the Tiger. Although it was a challenging year for me, one of the best things that I did was to attend Nicolas Simmons watercolor workshop in Idyllwild, CA last summer. After taking more than a few workshops with different artists, none compared to this wonderful and generous artist. Visit his website http://www.nicholassimmons.com/ and blog http://nicholassimmons.blogspot.com/ . I strongly suggest that if you are an artist trying to find your way, find an artist who's work strongly resonates with you and if they are giving workshops, go out and take it. Now, if only Joseph Raffael gave workshops!