• Kathy Winkler Studio

Cooling Off with Wildlife Artist Kathy Winkler



I haven’t been able to spend as much time over the past week on this grizzly gliding through the water as I planned. Our goldendoodle, Katy, had Cruciate Ligament surgery last Thursday, so we have both been at her side, or our sides as it really is, to keep her from moving around too much. So, we are at her beck and call.


I am loving the emotion already that this grizzly bear is creating within me. I can already see the little bubbles around his body as he glides towards the other side of his little pond. I have all the dark colors laid down, and I am now ready for lighter colored paints, being careful to paint the nooks and crannies of this wonderful creature. This photo is not the best one I took of him, but the only one I got of him in the water. So, being at a distance, I couldn’t get any detail, except that he was shedding. Obviously, I won’t paint him shedding, but prefer to paint a lovely coat on him. I also looked on the web at lots of grizzlies with different eye shapes, to see the rims around his eyes and his eye color. I plan on painting his eyes to where the viewer connects with him.


Hopefully, I can make a bit more progress on this big fellow before next Thursday. I am excited to see what actually develops into an emotional moment in time.