My toy figures collection

I started to collect some animal toy figures when I started to paint animals. The idea is I can’t go in wild and find a real tiger or red fox or even polar bear for me to study. Even I can live in the zoo the animals won’t listen to me or obey my instructions. The last time I was in the zoo almost everyone was sleeping. I could only see a back from distance. But I can have a little figure of them. I can hold it in my hand and observe the lighting conditions from different angle. And better thing is I can have a mythical creature figure for me to study. Therefore I really appreciate those toy companies to bring out such life like and realistic creature figures.

I got most of my figures from Amazon Schleich store. The black winged dragon is from Hobby Lobby. They always have one item 40% off coupon. I like to use it (again and again), haha. The grey wolf on rock is from a Etsy store in Russia. The ram skull is made by resin. The little astronaut is from my husband when he traveled to Huston, TX. The American Indian arrow underneath the ram skull is souvenir from Las Vegas years ago. And the little golden Maneki Neko is also from Amazon. I used to have a black one but my husband took it to his bookshelf so I got myself a golden one. 😀

I love all of them, especially the mythical creature ones. Schleich store has a series called ELDRADOR. It is all about fantasy beasts. I still have the hell hound and sea monster in my shopping cart. But I can’t have them all at one time. I guess I will have to build up my collection little by little. XD

They are really helpful for my drawing concept. I can hold a cup of tea and sit back looking at them. Try to put different accessories (body parts) on different creature such as moving the dragon wings to the wolf.

PS: I name my little human skeleton model “Jack” as in “Jack Sparrow” XD.

Hope you enjoy these too.

Thank you.

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My paintings are an outlet to express the imagination I have inside my head that I can not put into words. After trying many mediums, I always find myself coming back to paint and brushes. In my current artistic practice, I use oil paint and mainly create portraits of mythical creatures and animals transfixed in the shifting colours of seascapes and landscapes. There is a natural spirit and magic to these creatures and their energy draws me in. Choosing to paint these creatures as real living wildlife rather than abstractions, I use bold and vivid colours to express the imaginary intertwined with reality, finding magic between the seams. Using a saturated colour palette, I create bold and striking imagery, contrasted between foreground and background, subject and landscape, and light and darkness. Weaving their bodies and the surface of the landscape into each other through organic forms and flowing brush strokes, I find beauty, strength and innocence in these creatures that reflect my inner world.

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