Andy Lloyd's Wildlife and Animals
Besides this recent painting of a herd of elephants (for the 2006 exhibition), I haven't got all that many wildlife paintings to show here; most I painted a while ago. This lion and cub were enjoyable to paint, made for an attractive piece:
A couple of years ago I painted quite a few horses for the Cheltenham Open Air Art Exhibition; one tends to try to create a theme of sorts to a display, although capturing the best mood for a given year can be difficult.
The above painting of the three horses, called 'Horse Fair', was donated to the St Thomas More Catholic Primary School, Cheltenham in January 2005. One of the board of governors had written to me asking for a painting to hang in the school as part of a project to bring local original art to the children, in the hope of inspiring their creativity. I was more than happy to meet that request. This delightful arrangement was only made possible through the existence of Cheltenham-Art.com which acted as an interface between the school and local artists.
These polar-inspired paintings were part of my 2005 offering at the Cheltenham Open Air Art Exhibition. The first one is entitled "Taking the Plunge" whilst the second is named "Dreaming of Spring". Finally, a pair of lionesses which took the fancy of a chap who wanted to buy a painting for his friends in Zimbabwe, and an old favourite of mine, the giant panda.
I could produce pages of images from commissions I have painted of people's pets. Dogs are a particular speciality of mine, I suppose; people get very attached to their dogs and a painted portrait of a particular dog seems to reflect that attachment more than any photograph. As such, my portraits are popular, and I've included two recent ones here. The first is of three dogs. The painting is based upon three separate photographs of the dogs individually. This was a tricky composition to pull off, particularly as I had to make up some of the bodies! The second of a cat, just to show I can paint them too...