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Thursday, April 11, 2013

J is for Jaguar - A Painting a Day

A to Z Challenge

Deciding an animal for the letter "J" was easy. Jaguar. In my last "Passenger to Paradise" novel, a jaguar suddenly appeared in my story. It was completely unplanned. Billy was a black jaguar and became a character in Jungle Jeopardy, an adventure story Indiana Jones-style! I loved this animal. My creation for today is not black, but he reminds me of Billy.
"On the Hunt" -acrylic painting ©Mary Montague Sikes

This painting is 11" x 14" acrylic on gallery-wrapped stretched canvas. This canvas is          1 1/2" deep, giving it more presence than the 3/4" normal depth.

Hope everyone is enjoying the A to Z Challenge.

12 comments:

Trisha F said...

That is a gorgeous painting! Love the colours.

Julie Flanders said...

Jaguars are such beautiful animals. I love the expression on your jaguar's face, so cat-like and just perfect. :)

Rhonda Parrish said...

Oh my goodness! You're painting something everyday for this challenge? That's fantastic. As is this painting of the jaguar... though I think the iguana is my favourite so far ;)

Amy Sikes said...

Yet another gorgeous painting!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Looks like a cub - well done!

Silvia Villalobos said...

Jaguars are such interesting animals to observe.
Beautiful painting. Love it when characters or animals appear in our stories completely unplanned.
Silvia @ Silvia Writes

Sally Carpenter said...

I'm enjoying your parade of animals. How long does it take you to do one painting?

JoJo said...

You painted this? In a day? WOW! Beautiful job!!! :)

Rowena said...

Just stumbled upon your blog looking for fellow creatives, love the artwork, you are very talented!
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Sharon Himsl said...

A beautiful animal. Your hard work really shows! How long on average does it take to paint these?

Chuck said...

The eyes make the whole painting, Monti. You have your own series in acrylic/canvas paintings. Jaguar was a great choice.

Chuck at Apocalypse Now

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Trisha, Thank you!

Julie, I love the beauty of a jaguar in the wild.

Rhonda, thanks for visiting. I don't know which one is my favorite.

Amy, thank you.

Thanks, Alex!

Silvia, thanks for the visit. It is sometimes disconcerting when characters arrive unplanned!

Sally, thanks for stopping by. It takes longer that I expect for each painting. Often, I think about it and plan in my mind what I'm going to do. Probably three hours in the studio at least per painting.

JoJo, thank you!!!

Rowena, thanks so much for stumbling upon my blog and for the compliments!

Sharon, thanks for your visits. I spend at least three hours in the studio as well as time planning and selecting resource photos.

Thanks for visiting, Chuck. I love eyes in paintings of animals and of people.