The technique I used for painting it is not fraught with complications or technical bravado – it is simple, very effective and demonstrates a certain finesse. The skill lies in balancing delicate hues with subtle blending to produce areas of pure harmony along with bolder, more engaging shapes. It would have been easy to cover the whole piece with one single application of paint without giving thought to composition or form. What I have achieved with this painting is a piece of original abstract art that has movement, flow and serenity. There is just enough going on without it becoming overbearing or raucous. The figuration of the tiger is loose but definitely present. I never wanted to make the painting exact; preferring a large amount of abstraction instead.
Often it is more challenging to restrain what you do than to let it all out. There is a tremendous patience associated with this piece. I like to think that comes across in its dreamy, cloud like appearance. With soft roses and pinks, burnished streaks of copper and gold along with a delicate blending of whites and creams Crouching Tiger will fill your space with tranquility and reassurance.
Crouching Tiger was painted using lots of acrylics and some carefully selected mixing agents. He is painted onto a pre-primed, pre-stretched canvas. He measures 48 inches x 36 inches x 38mm deep. The canvas stretches all the way round the frame so there are no white edges. I painted it in portrait mode and although you can hang it anyway you want to it should really be hung this way (as in Picture 1).
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