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Old 09-30-2016, 07:57 PM
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October 2016 Fur, Scales and Feathers Challenge

Hello and welcome to the October Challenge!

This month I've chosen a selection of photos that I've taken over the last few years - mostly from the zoos and wildlife parks here in Perth. There's no theme but hopefully enough variety to appeal to all.

All images are my own, if you require a larger reference photo please PM me and I'm happy to send it.

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Guidelines for the Challenges
Please read carefully - makes everything more exciting!!

On the first of each month a reference photo or photos will be posted in a thread entitled Fur, Scales and Feathers Challenge. These are the reference photos for the Challenge, so please use them to do your artwork from.

Artwork can be any size on any surface and in any medium.

Each member taking part can create a work using the chosen reference/s
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ON THE 20TH OF EACH MONTH participants will upload their interpretation of the reference for comments. PLEASE DO NOT UPLOAD WORK BEFORE THE 20TH.

It is much more fun when everyone uploads more or less at the same time.

At the end of the month, the thread/discussion will be closed and a new challenge will begin.

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Bush-stone curlew, Perth Zoo


Cheetah, Perth Zoo


Zebra playing in the sand, Perth Zoo


Tortoise, Perth Zoo


Pony, Caversham Wildlife Park


Elephant with tyre, Perth Zoo


Orangutang, Perth Zoo


Peacock, The Maze


Ferret, The Maze


Plum-headed parrots (male and female), The Maze


Quokka, Rottnest Island


Clownfish, AQWA


Joey kangaroo, Caversham Wildlife Park


Mouse... our house! (Found by our 7 year old in the back garden over Easter weekend, and released at the park with a lump of cheese)


Also found at our house, though I've never been permitted to release them into the wild! Two of the laziest cats that ever were. We have three cat beds in the house (one of which is right next to the one in the photo), they always end up both crammed into one together. Here, they are pictured pretending to be cute.
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Re: October 2016 Fur, Scales and Feathers Challenge

And they ARE very cute!
Lovely photos Jess! Thanks for Hosting - I'll Sticky this for you now.
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Re: October 2016 Fur, Scales and Feathers Challenge

Thanks for the photos Jess, they're all lovely. The zebra made me smile! I'm currently torn between five of them.
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Re: October 2016 Fur, Scales and Feathers Challenge

Jess, great references. Difficult to choose a favourite. Thanks a lot for hosting.
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Re: October 2016 Fur, Scales and Feathers Challenge

Jess - Thank you for hosting this month. The pictures are beautiful and varied. I am sure there is something for everyone. I love elephants. The Orangutan is tugging my heart too. The lovable cats, the cute rat, the baby Kangaroo - I wish I could paint them all.
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Re: October 2016 Fur, Scales and Feathers Challenge

great photos, i have the same lazy cats, I have back to back cat beds too, but two of them sleep in the same bed or beside it, the other sleeps alone so she has her choice of cat beds
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Love your photos! And if they are "pretending" to be cute, then I say .... "and the oscar goes to...."
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Re: October 2016 Fur, Scales and Feathers Challenge

wow Jess, awesome refs... I finished the peacock some months ago http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/show....php?t=1390595
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Fabulous assortment of critters, Jess, thanks!
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Pretending to be cute? They are!
(And I will draw them if I find the time )
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Jess these are awesome Photos! Thank You
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Thanks for the great reference photos, Jess.
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Wow so many beautiful pictures! Starting mine tomorrow!
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Re: October 2016 Fur, Scales and Feathers Challenge

Wonderful selection. I can't wait to start on one. Or two!
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Re: October 2016 Fur, Scales and Feathers Challenge

Thanks everyone, I'm glad you're enjoying the reference photos and looking forward to seeing what people come up with

I haven't even decided yet which one I'll be doing myself! Pretty full-on here with school holidays and my father-in-law flying over from NZ tomorrow, and I've got a 40th birthday cake to make for my sister-in-law's husband for this weekend. I'll have to wait until next week when school starts back and everything has settled down, before I can get stuck into my painting!

As for those cats... I married a man who had two cats, and I'm an animal lover who cannot stand cats He told me they were old but it turned out they really weren't So it's a bit of a running joke that they are evil, though I have to concede they can appear to look cute occasionally They're still the reason I'm not allowed dogs, bunnies, or any other nice animal though
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