' DANCING FLAMES ' Bengal tigers watercolour painting
original 14" x 9"
I chose the title 'Dancing Flames' because I didn't want to imply they were fighting, or playing, or having a romantic encounter! I chose to let them dance and be wild! I loved working so freely with the movement and interaction of the design, I went through a few differing poses but decided upon these two positions to capture the inner spirit of the tiger.
The whole painting was limited to only four colours. I actually found that I didn't need any others as the varying shades of each and the colour mixtures worked happily to achieve the warmth in the picture. I am tempted to work this way more in the future as it was so liberating and no colour was the wrong colour!
The light played an important yet subtle role in bringing the background and the foreground together. I found that gently back lighting the subjects allowed the horizon of the grasses to not stand so static, and I didn't want to overwork the detail - although working to this small scale didn't really allow tight detail anyway! The main focus I had was to give justice to the strength and muscular structure of both cats. Painting the tone and contour of the muscles was my favourite part, as I've not had much chance on previous paintings to explore the body as much as I will in future pieces! I hope you've enjoyed the progression of the piece :) Jules