Out of the Darkness
AMUR TIGER HEAD
This is an intense life-size study of a snarling Amur Tiger.
I feel this large, majestic male is not really angry or fearful in any way. He is confidently, even effortlessly, holding his ground as he stares at you from an uncomfortably close vantage point! He looms out of the evening like a brilliant sun. What a challenge to put over, in paint, his awesome power, size and raw energy! Again, painting on this scale filled me with his very real presence, and to paint him life size was thrilling. I have concentrated on his head – it is really a portrait – his body recedes into the falling darkness.
In this painting the two Tigers are engaged in fierce love-making foreplay
When two tigers engage in their mating ritual, it is a brutal business. It is hard to distinguish from a fight between two males at times. The female initiates the aggression, the male is careful and comparatively tactful. But, before the actual mating, he will overpower her and sink his teeth into her neck – this is all a necessary part of her becoming receptive to him. The foreplay is noisy and takes place at lightning speed.
Total focus on the fatal trip.
Unlike the majority of my paintings of Big Cats concerned with extreme action, here is a moment of peace, calm and tenderness.
Four young dogs enjoying a game.
The cats spin; the female, already off balance, will fall, and her calmer mate mate will take his prize.
In the pre-mating skirmish, the female is the more aggressive. The male Tiger parries and waits his time.
These pre-mating fights are second- long explosions - literally a whirlwind of fire and sparks.
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