Friday, October 12, 2012

Bronx Zoo

I took the reference picture of this tiger when I visited the zoo, this past Summer....he looked like he was going to leap at any moment.  The picture, unfortunately, wasn't clear so I did the best I could with the other pictures I took that day.  I did some research of tigers and found out that the pattern on their stripes are like fingerprints in a human..Interesting!  In the early 1900's there was about 100,000 tigers..Now, between 3,000 -4500 exist in the wild...so sad!!  I hope I was able to capture the beauty of this amazing animal in this pastel painting.

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  1. Great job, Hilda! What a beautiful tiger. I just love his eyes. Thy look so kind and gentle. Nice work.

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    1. thank you SO much HEATHER for your wonderful comment!!!!

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  2. you have wonderfully captured the tiger - the fur - the whiskers and his expression! thanks for the facts too!

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    1. thank you so much MYRA for stopping by and for your nice comment!!!

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  3. Awesome ...this is really incredible, Hilda. I admire you for taking on such a complex animal. Neat to know that their marks are unique to each one. Love your colors too.

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    1. thank you JULIE!! Glad you like him!! Enjoy the rest of the Evening!

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  4. Those glassy eyes convey a lot of emotions, there is a modest stillness, yet a chance for a pounce!

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    1. thank you PADMAJA for stopping by...I was happy that I was on the "other" side when he looked this way. LOL. I enjoyed painting him!

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  5. Long ago I didn't visit your blog, but I can see that your paintings are so fabulous as always. I'm very busy painting watercolors and I've seen your comment about Patricia Castelao. I come from there.

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    1. thank you for stopping by, JULIAN. I stopped by your blog to see your watercolors..Absolutely beautiful work. I can't wait to see your next piece.

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  6. Hilda, what a beauty! Fabulous work!

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    1. thank you JUDY!! You're so kind as always!! Enjoy the rest of the Evening!!

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  7. Un animal à la beauté majestueuse!

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    1. thank you OLIVIER for your comment! They are definitely beautiful animals!!

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  8. Lo has conseguido. Precioso. Debo confesarte que mi preferido es el burro (donkey) y me sentiría muy feliz si algún dia pintases uno.
    Gracias por tu comentario en mi blog.
    Abrazos

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    1. thank you BLANCO for your very kind comment!! I never painted a donkey before...maybe someday!!! Un abrazo!!!

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    1. thank you SO much SHERRY! Glad you stopped by and happy you like him!!

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  10. You most certainly did. His eyes are so intent upon stalking. I have always wanted to ruffle the white fur under a tiger's muzzel, but I think I'll keep my distance. Magnificent animal. Shame on us for allowing their numbers to fall.

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    1. You're right...they are such magnificent animals....they look so gentle that you do want to ruffle his fur...but what a visual!...let's forget about that idea.! LOL.. thank you for stopping by and commenting, LINDA!!

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  11. Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
    In the forests of the night,
    What immortal hand or eye
    Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

    Why Hilda's hand could, Great picture!

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    1. You're a poet as well as an incredible Artist!!?? Love it! Glad you stopped by and glad you like him! Enjoy the rest of the Evening...

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  12. Les félins ont sur moi un pouvoir indescriptible. Ils me fascinent vraiment.
    J'aime beaucoup ton pastel ma chère Hilda. Tu as magnifiquement dompté ce fauve avec tes pastels!
    Bravo!
    Gros bisous

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    1. They are such beautiful animals, MARTINE. I can sit and stare at them all day. thank you for that very kind comment!

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  13. Hello Hilda:) Love the way you handled the fur. Beautiful. He has a lovely cute face. I think it's one of the most difficult animals to paint. Maybe I'll try it too? Great job!

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    1. Hi RENATE..thank you for your very generous comment. I hope you paint a tiger someday..I KNOW you can! I enjoyed painting him.

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  14. Un buen trabajo, despues de leer el comentario sobre la desaparición de los tigres casi veo un velo triste en su mirada.

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    1. Muchisimas gracias, TINA!! Lo agradezco tu comentario!! Yo tambien veo una mirada triste en el!! Un abrazo!!

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  15. You did a wonderful job capturing the personality of this beautiful animal. So sad there are so few compared to the early 1900's.

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    1. Thank you so much CAROL for stopping by and commenting on my tiger...I appreciate it! It's very sad how the numbers of these beautiful animals are fewer and fewer...even the beautiful Panda's are getting extinct.

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  16. Yes Hilda, you did a great job at capturing this magnificent animal. So sad there are so few.

    All the best to you,
    Joan

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    1. Thank you so much JOAN for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it so much!!

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  17. I just saw a documentary on wild tigers in Siberia and your lovely pastel has captured their unique beauty. They are so magnificent.

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    1. thank you SUSAN for commenting!! I enjoy watching documentary programs on these wild tigers...my girlfriend went on a Safari to Africa...she loved it so much and wants to go back...I imagine it must be awesome seeing animals in person!!

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  18. Beautiful texture in the coat and such captivating eyes. Lovely all round. Well done.

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    1. thank you LAURA for your comment! You just made my day!! Enjoy the rest of the Evening..

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  19. fantastic ...he does indeed look to be stalking.....so great that you captured that.

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    1. thank you so much CELESTE for that nice comment. I appreciate it!!

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  20. Ciao Hilda,
    bellissimo lavoro! Si sente la morbidezza delle zampe e la concentrazione degli occhi...crea tenerezza e timore...
    Davvero bellissimo!
    Ciao, abbracci, Floriana

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    1. thank you so much FLORIANA for that nice comment. I tried to capture that softness of the fur..this is why I chose velour paper..its wonderful with painting animals. So glad you stopped by.

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  21. Hilda, que sirva esta bonita pintura como protesta para proteger estos y otros muchos animales.
    Un abrazao

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    1. Hola JOSH! Lo agradezco tu visita y tu comentario. Esto Tigres necessitas ayuda antes que se pierden de vista!
      Un abrazo..

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  22. Hola Hilda, este tigre si que no da miedo, lo has inmortalizado con tu pintura tan hermosa. Es muy bonito. Me han llamado la atención los ojos que son especialmente fascinantes.

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    1. Gracias ROSA por tu comentario muy generoso. Estoy contenta que te ha gustado esta pintura...Lo pinte este tigre con mucho gusto! Un abrazo!

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  23. Wow, Hilda, you have really captured that hunting look and the colors and beautiful! It is so nice to see all your wonderful new (to me) work. Cheers, Sandy.

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    1. thank you SO much SANDY for your very generous comment.! I value your opinion!!. Enjoy the rest of the Evening!!!

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  24. Ha captado usted, maravillosamente, la actitud de alerta de estos bellos animales. [Que pronto solo se verán en los Zoo...]
    Los colores bellos, como siempre en usted, estimada amiga.
    Un saludo afectuoso.

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    1. Muchisimas gracias por tu comentario, RUBEN...Lo agradezco tu palabras!! Un abrazo!

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  25. They are such beautiful creatures aren't they?
    You've captured the expression wonderfully! :0)

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    1. thank you so much SANDRA! They ARE beautiful..and I'm so glad I captured it in this painting! I enjoyed painting this so much but its so sad to see them slowly disappearing.

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  26. Fantastic drawing Hilda!!! The drawing makes me want to touch this beautiful fur, but I think I'll restrain myself :)
    Warm regards.

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    1. thank you so much KONSTANTINA for your comment..you're very kind! But, please try to restrain from touching these animals!! LOL

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  27. Very Beautiful Hilda and I like the way all the fur patterns blend and flow in the form.

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    1. thank you so much MARY for stopping by and for commenting..you're so nice!! Enjoy the rest of the Evening...

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  28. He's a beauty. Love that glow on his chest.

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    1. thank you BARBARA!!! Glad you like him!!! Thank you for stopping by!

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  29. What a handsome tiger - I like that he is in motion, and his eyes are mesmerizing! I am sad that the tigers, pandas and so many other animals are endangered. What a great loss it would be to lose them completely :(

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    1. I'm SO glad you like him, CLAIRE! I was lucky to have gotten a good shot...I wish it was clearer but it worked out! It would be a major loss if we lose any more of these beautiful tigers.. thank you for stopping by!

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  30. Nice work Hilda - he even has for me, that slightly quizzical look that all the cat family seem to share.

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    1. thank you JERRY! I really enjoyed painting this one! Glad you stopped by!!!

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    1. thank you DIANA! I appreciate you stopping by and for your comment! I LOVED your last painting!!! Enjoy the rest of the night!!

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  32. a superb work lovely Hilda-)))
    he is so strong,with sad eyes,but thats ok.Very good colors,and many many details.I lover your details-)))sorry about my english,i hope you understand me-)))
    you are great!!!!
    kisses from Greece
    Christa

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    1. thank you so much CHRISTA for your lovely comment! I appreciate you stopping by! Your English is absolutely perfect!! Hugs!

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  33. wow! i loved the burning eyes....

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    1. thank you so much ASHOK for stopping by and commenting on the Tiger....I appreciate it!!

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  34. Dear Hilda this animal is so special because you have instilled in the attitude and expression, what you write in the post ... a kind of concentrated sadness in his eyes, like the animal knew... did not have a future.
    How emotions are fixed on the work of an artist passing through his hands ... moves me! I love it!

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    1. thank you so much RITA...I'm so glad you like this tiger...I always wonder what they're thinking about!...I appreciate you stopping by!! Enjoy the rest of the Evening!!

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  35. Te quedó genial, me encanta la técnica de pastel, los tonos quedan muy reales. Enhorabuena. Besitos.

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    1. Muchisimas gracias, CARMEN por tu comentario muy amable!! Un abrazo..

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  36. He is lovely!! YOu got his intense stare down perfectly. :)
    And it is so sad about tigers, I shiver to think of those stats in another ten years.

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    1. thank you so much CRYSTAL!! Normally, I don't paint animals, but I did enjoy painting this tiger! I hope that in 10 years the numbers remain the same..we don't want to lose anymore. Glad you like him and I appreciate you stopping by.!

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  37. Magical expression you got in the eyes. Very intense.
    Happy Pasteling.

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    1. thank you NORA for stopping by ..and for leaving such a nice comment!! Enjoy the rest of the evening!

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  38. Awesome work, what a fierce look in his eyes, you really made a wonderful piece.

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    1. thank you JANE!!! You just made my day! I appreciate you stopping by and commenting on my Tiger.

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  39. His expression seems to show what you wrote about, he seems worried about the endangerment of his species, yet still a strong majestic animal. Very nicely done!

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    1. thank you so much Katherine for your comment! These animals are so beautiful and we can only hope for their safety. Glad you stopped by!!

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  40. A wonderful presentation of the tiger, Hilda!
    I am always touched with sadness over these an other endangered species on our (ever smaller) planet.

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    1. Thank you so much DEAN for your very generous comment. I love animals and feel the same way!! Glad you stopped by!

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  41. Hi Hilda..what a fabulous piece..I adore tigers and wild cats of all kinds..stunning work..the fur is exquisite..and the colors magnificent! What a beauty..you are amazing! How interesting..thanks for sharing that!
    Wishing you a wonderful day!
    Victoria

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    1. thank you so much VICTORIA for that very generous comment. Enjoy the rest of your day!!!

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  42. Hilda que preciosidad,yo adoro los felinos,su porte y esos ojos siempre tan expresivos,has sabido captar todo su encanto y colorido,eres una gran artista.Un beso.Conchi

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    1. Gracias, CONCHI por tu comentario muy amable!! Lo agradezco!! Un abrazo!

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  43. You captured his those beautifully! What an intense expression he has. When we visited our state zoo a couple of years ago, the tiger was roaring and drew a large crowd... but no-one could spot him! He was so well hidden in his habitat that we could stand in awe only of his "speech".

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  44. How interesting, MINNEMIE!! they are powerful animals and their "speech" would be enough to get me running..LOL. Besides the Gorilla, I always hope to see the majestic Tiger at the Zoo. thank you for stopping by and commenting..I appreciate it..!

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  45. Beautiful!!! You really captured his expression and did an amazing job on his coat. I never knew their patterns were so unique.

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    1. thank you JOAN for your wonderful comment. I never knew about the patterns either..I thought that was very interesting..! Glad you stopped by!!

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  46. What a fun painting and it looks like you enjoyed capturing this handsome fellow.

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    1. thank you DIANA for stopping by and commenting. I truly enjoyed painting this tiger..I found velour paper was perfect for painting animals.

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  47. Beautifully painted,Hilda. He looks like he is ready to jump some unsuspected prey. Or, at least pretending to. I have feral cats who try to stalk like this only to jump a moving leaf or rolling acorn. lol

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    1. thank you so much PAT for stopping by and for your nice comment. My friend has a cat as well, who stalks her toys and looks just like this tiger. Enjoy the rest of the Evening!!

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  48. En hele mooie uitstraling heeft deze tijger lieve groetjes Danielle

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    1. thank you DANIELLE for your wonderful comment. I appreciate you stopping by!!

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  49. Pero no habia visto este precioso tigre. Que belleza. Has conseguido captar esa elegancia de los felinos. Felicidades.

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    1. Muchisimas gracias, EVA....Lo agradezco tu comentario! Hace mucho tiempo que ha pintado un animal!..me gusta mucho.
      Un abrazo

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  50. I would say you captured it so well! Amazing, graceful and beautiful. Those eyes!!!

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    1. thank you LISA! You are always so kind! I appreciate you stopping by and commenting. I always love to paint the eyes..the finishing touch to a portrait. Enjoy the rest of the Evening..

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  51. stunning work hilda, as always!!

    and thank you so very, very much for your very kind and supportive words on my blog. it's difficult because he's all i want to talk about and it's wonderful to know that i haven't worn out my welcome. thank you so much for caring.

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    1. thank you so much SUZANNE for that beautiful comment!! It's always so nice to see you here. You could NEVER wear out your welcome! We're always here to listen when you want to talk about Tim.!!

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  52. Beautiful painting Hilda - it is so sad about the decrease in the tiger population - such a beautiful animal, I get so upset about this sort of thing, but helpless to do anything about it except bring people's attention to it like you have with your gorgeous painting

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    1. thank you for your very kind comment, SHARON. It's very sad about how the tigers are slowly diminishing. We can only hope to bring attention to it. So glad you like this painting!.

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  53. Love his expression! You really captured his gaze!

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    1. Thank you so much DOTTIE! I'm glad you like this painting..! Enjoy the rest of the Evening....

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    1. Thank you so much KAREN for your very generous comment!!

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  55. You captured him beautifully and I love the expression on his face!

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    1. thank you so much THERESA for stopping by and for your very nice comment. I appreciate it!!! Enjoy the rest of the Evening!!

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  56. Love those green eyes! You really captured the look of a big cat stalking prey - nothing could shake that gaze! Great job Hilda.

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  57. You're so kind, KAREN. Thank you for stopping by and for your comment!!

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  58. thank you so much ANGELA!! I appreciate you stopping by!!

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  59. This is stunning Hilda! Yes, you captured him beautifully.

    It's very sad that so much of the wildlife is disappearing. I cannot image what the world will be like in the future. It is so important to turn this trend around while there is still an opportunity! Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

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    1. thank you so much CAROL..such a nice comment.! And yes, I'm glad I can bring this to the attention of everyone. Its so sad..those numbers are frightening.

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  60. Hello Hilda, how beautiful painting, you had "captured" perfectly the attitude of the magnificent tiger. It seems to come quietly to... skip over!
    I come to let a bouquet of flowers and have a beautiful day.


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    1. I'm so glad you like the tiger, CAROLINA and thank you for the bouquet of flowers. Enjoy your day!

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  61. You've really captured his expression! So sad what has happened to the tigers and now the poor polar bears!

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    1. thank you LORI for stopping by and for your generous comment. I didn't know about the polar bears!!... Glad you like this piece.

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  62. This is a stunner - beautiful - and much to think about here. Thank you for doing this, Hilda!

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  63. thank you so much CONNIE for your generous comment!! You just made my day! I hope more people take notice of how these beautiful animals are slowly disappearing!!

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  64. Es una pintura entrañable, me encanta, te ha quedado genial :)

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  65. Muchisimas gracias, VERONICA por tu comentario. Tu eres muy amable!!

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