Tiger in Watercolor – Step by Step

The newest painting is revealed and ready to be framed – this tiger in watercolor, approximately 8 x 10 inches in size. I admire the work of David and Sarah Stribbling, in addition to Richard Symonds, and finally had the time to give this subject a try, thanks to a reference photo by David Ash. To be honest, the idea came to me at a Rick Springfield concert as he sang Katie Perry’s “Roar.”

I’m in the process of creating a course based on this painting for the Online School – in the editing stage now.

Read on for some step by step images of the process.

This painting will be featured, along with other works, at the Malvern Retreat House Art Show, Wednesday, February 7 – Sunday, February 11, 2018. This is my first time in this show, and I’m looking forward to it! More information about the show:

10 am – 4 pm at the Malvern Retreat House

McShain-Horstmann Family Life Center
315 S. Warren Avenue Malvern, PA 19355


Step by Step Images – Tiger in Watercolor

Establish the features of the eyes, nose, and mouth with pale grey. Under painting of the iris is yellow, follow by thin applications of brown. The nose is a mix of yellow and pink.







Create stripes of pale grey. Establish the under painting for the fur – light brown. Take the stripes darker with a grey mix of brown and blue.







Little by little, go darker in value with thin applications of grey (stripes) and brown (fur).

Create fur markings with mixes of brown and grey. Smooth fur with thin glazes. Finally, create whiskers with Titanium White.







This painting is coming soon as a course in the Online School – stay tuned, and thanks for visiting!


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