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Vivien Maloney
01-28-2015, 01:25 PM
This is the Best of the Animal & Wildlife Show for the previous year - 2014

ANYONE who posted work in this forum over 2014 may enter ONE piece in this thread.

It must have been shown here in this Forum 2014.

.....Please do not comment on other works in this thread, we'd like to keep this purely for showing work.

When you upload an image please state size, medium and support (canvas, paper etc)and WHY you have chosen that particular piece.

chammi kaiser
01-28-2015, 04:25 PM
This painting was from a wonderful experience of seeing the Flamingo colony on the salt flats in Africa. The painting just flowed and it is my favourite work .


01-28-2015, 05:44 PM
paper size 12x18 Pastel sticks, pencil and pan on pastel paper.

This is from our monthly Challenge, I felt that it's one of my better ones. I haven't really posted except for the monthly challenge. I love the challenges, it challenges me to do things I am not used to doing.


01-28-2015, 06:26 PM
I just realized that although I have been doing animal paintings for a lot of WDE and other forum challenges, I hardly ever post them here. :D That being said, the one below is one I posted to the A & W Project Cats & Dogs Alphabet Scavenger Hunt in Dec 2014.

My ginger tabbies, Peter & Danny, 8 1/4" x 10 3/4", 140# watercolor paper, oil pastels. It's probably my favorite painting I've done of them so far.


01-29-2015, 04:07 AM
I didn't get to complete many pieces for 2014. My favorite is my tiger, It's the first tiger I've done and had many challenges for me. I also had donated it to help raise money for the Orangutans and is my first artwork to be sold, and for such a great cause.

Pencils - Prismacolor premier colored pencils.
Paper - Canson Mi-Teintes (smooth side).
Size - 28 x 34cms.
Ref belongs to Emmanuel (Tambako the Jaguar) and used with permission. www.flickr.com/photos/tambako/


01-29-2015, 10:21 PM
Naked and Afraid in Costa Rica by Golanv Waya
18" X 24" Acrylic on Canvas
I chose this painting because it is one of my favorite from this year and based on my favorite TV show.


Vivien Maloney
01-29-2015, 11:12 PM
This was a pastel painting I did for my 2014 Christmas Card of my 17year old Jack Russell "Drum", I also entered this in the Animal & Wildlife "Cats & Dogs Alphabet Project" http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1355576&page=4

Our little 17 year old battler, Drum, passed away on 5th December 2014.
He will be up there now at the Rainbow Bridge, bossing all the other dogs around and generally causing chaos!
Our beloved dogs leave such a great, empty space when they go - they are unforgettable!

RIP Drum - 19th October 1997 to 5th December 2014


01-30-2015, 08:28 AM
Jummy! 16x15 in oil pastels. I have a few favorites but this one just lets me smile every time I look at it.

01-30-2015, 09:38 PM
16X20 acrylics on canvas I chose this peace that i donated to a benefit auction for a teenager in my community who is suffering from a rare form of cancer. The painting done really well it brought more than anything I had sold before. It was a really good filling to help this young man and his family.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Jan-2015/1174453-101_0840_800x673_-_Copy.jpg

01-31-2015, 04:32 AM
I do not know wich one to choose these are two mamuls kittens from a photo I took at Parc des Felins
Pastel on velour


01-31-2015, 09:20 AM
Wonderful work, everyone!

I'm not sure if this one is my best, it's certainly one of my most ambitious. Self portrait with Pax and Jester. It's 16" x 48" acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. I think I like the one of me and Razz better, but I painted it the year before (I think).

02-05-2015, 03:40 PM
Mojo - 11x14 oil on canvas. My favorite for last year - it felt good to do wildlife as last year I made the resolution not to be "afraid of doing people", and spent most of the year concentrating on overcoming that fear. The good news: although painting PEOPLE was a struggle, when I took a breather and relaxed with my love of animals as my subject matter, I found I was so relaxed doing this one, I really, really enjoyed not only how it came out, but the entire journey!

Equus Art
02-06-2015, 07:05 AM
I think 2014 was a year of artistic growth for me in getting to know which pastel brands suited my painting style and how to get them to work. It was hard to choose between several of my "kids" but I think the story behind this one edged him out.

This is Rocky, a lovely, fun Boxer that my dear friend and her newly wed husband got as a puppy. Not long after, her husband was deployed to Afghanistan and in his honor, Rocky wore his camo collar while Graham was over seas. I loved the lighting in this photo and had to paint it unbeknownst to a my friend. Her mother bought it from me and we gifted it to Krissy one evening over a "girls' get together". :angel:

16 x 20 on La Carte paper, various pastel brandshttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Feb-2015/1182735-RockyDoneedit.jpg


02-06-2015, 11:39 AM
Queen of All She Surveys

This is an 11x14 pastel on velour that I did for a Christmas commission.


02-06-2015, 12:24 PM
I have selected my Scratchboard work done entirely with Fiberglass brush on a larger size ( 20x15" ) white board. I used Cathy Sheeter's well composed picture from her album in RIL, WC. for reference . This was posted in this forum on


02-06-2015, 12:36 PM
'Hamish' Oils on canvas, 20 x 16 inch.

I didn't do many animals last year, but of the few that I did, I think this was probably my best work.


02-06-2015, 12:47 PM
I can only find this one from 2014

It is fom March where birdlady was the host(ess)


02-07-2015, 02:10 PM
I guess this is probably one of my best animal paintings in 2014,judging by the hundreds of compliments I received from fellow animal artists.There's all sorts of technicalities and tonal illusions to overcome when painting such a scene where there are high contrasts from light to dark.
30" x 22" acrylic on 300grm pure cotton water colour paperhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Feb-2015/1126302-Cherry_in_largest_file_size_resized.jpg

02-10-2015, 02:10 AM
My pick for 2014 -- I really enjoyed this one, and had it framed. Since the subject matter seems to distress my dear sweet hubby, I keep it in my studio where it won't frighten anyone. :angel:
Originally posted in our October Fins, Feathers, Fur & Scales Challenge

02-10-2015, 01:37 PM
After a long break from art I came back to it fall 2014. I also wanted to try a new medium, so I am trying acrylics.
So here is my very first bird and water painting in any medium.
Acrylics 11x14 inches.
Originally posted in December Fins, Feather, Fur and Scales challenge.

02-11-2015, 09:59 AM
About the only project I did other than smaller sketch-like ones...

02-19-2015, 03:16 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Feb-2015/1111142-image.jpg I did a lot of owl paintings last year, hard to say which one is best , but this one is my best love.

03-02-2015, 12:32 AM
I painted this one in October, 2014 and posted it here shortly thereafter. Oil on 18"x24" stretched canvas. Reference photo, used by permission, from a photographer friend of mine.


03-13-2015, 07:13 PM
My best would have to be the bald eagle finished 12-09-14 12"14" bone in Prismacolor schoolar background in Prismacolor maker http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Mar-2015/1965025-20141210_093612.jpg

03-20-2015, 01:01 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Mar-2015/985241-36._Off_to_the_framer_2.jpg This is one of my favourites from last year. It is painted for my oldest son and the subject matter is from a trip we took on our local river. When he landed this salmon, his dog didn't know what to do with it. It was her first encounter with a fish I guess. It is done in acrylics on watercolour paper.

03-20-2015, 07:07 PM
This was my favourite out of what I posted in 2014 :)


04-08-2015, 01:45 PM
This is my best work for 2014. Its a 16" x 20" graphite portrait with verithin colors over the top of it to give it just a hint of color. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Apr-2015/1834396-Leopard.jpg

04-08-2015, 07:40 PM
This painting was from a wonderful experience of seeing the Flamingo colony on the salt flats in Africa. The painting just flowed and it is my favourite work .

I have no words...You just left me speechless.
It penetrates to the marrow of my bones so that the hair stood up on my arms.
This painting is so full of life that I can see these flamingos moving.

I would give a pinky to have this piece of art in my private collection.
And the pinky is my favorite finger by the way.

05-09-2015, 10:01 AM
Roaring tiger painted on a wooden shoe with colored pencils