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Art Show: Springboard: Art Inspired by Art

Autumn fire of the soul

by Alex(andra) Daphne Slingenberg

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Art: Autumn fire of the soul by Artist Alex(andra) Daphne Slingenberg
Wildlife artists such as Robert Bateman, Carl Brander and Bev Doolittle are a constant inspiration to me, these artists that have inspired so many through their realistic detailed art and their amazing portrayal of wildlife that captures the hearts of the viewers, have influenced my growth and development as a wildlife, western and portrait artist. They have made me see wildlife through their eyes inspiring and to a certain degree influencing my own art style of realism, this not only helped develop my technique and style but also was one of the major motivations to try out new techniques of painting on unusual mediums such as porcelain, silk and leather, to capture my chosen subjects. Honing my skills of realistic painting, add to that nature herself that is a constant inspiration, passion and delight that reaches into my heart and soul setting it on fire. Striving on perfecting those skills, and by sharing with others not only that passion but to become aware of nature with all itŐs wonders. To help preserve its awesome majestic beauty, educate and conserve that wildlife and their natural habitats so that we may all keep enjoying it for our own and future generations. Eyes the windows into the soul and spirit be it animal or human, is not only so special to me it has become my passion and joy, from which springs my specialty. Those eyes that reach in and touch your heart, feeds your soul with their fierce wild untamed beauty or their gentle gaze and nature, that captures the viewer never more to let you go. That is the driving force that I have attempted to achieve and capture in all my paintings. I also want to thank all those amazing teachers, mentors, fellow artists that have influenced, guided, and inspired me for sharing their knowledge, art, skills and insight that enabled me to develop and grow as an artist and has enriched my life in so many ways and still dose. wolf looking out through maple leaves. Here I wanted to capture the soul and spirit of the wolf and bring in the warmth of color of autum folige to contrast with the softness of the fur. I use a round sable brush sizes 14, 8, 6, and painted this with acrylic fabric paints used for air brush, as this gives a finer finish and makes it look like part of the leather that it is painted on. It is a self taught tecnique that I discoverd through experimenting with differnt mediums . the whole thing is heat treated to make it perminent. painting the eyes is a passion of mine the windows to the soul be it animal or human.

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