Happy New Year! Welcome back to Jaini’s Diaries.
I start off this year by sharing this picture of an acrylic painting of a tiger that I created in 2015. I love animals, as you probably may know. After visiting a tiger zoo in Thailand, a few years ago, I looked into a tiger’s translucent, yellow-orange eyes through a glass wall separating it from me. I immediately felt as though the tiger had seen deep into my soul, where perhaps no one has ever seen. And that’s what inspired me to paint a close-up of a tiger’s face.
As I share this painting with you, I want to highlight that tigers are one of the most endangered species. While there are nine subspecies of tigers: Bengal, South China, Caspian, Bali, Javan, Indochinese, Sumatran and Siberian; today, Caspian, Bali and Javan subspecies are extinct, the rest are gravely endangered. It is saddening to hear that one of the largest wild cats in the world (adults can weigh up to 363kg and measure up to 3.3m) are now fighting for their lives to co-exist in this world. Of course, their stripes make them one of the most beautiful and striking cats out there!
This painting was absolutely fun to paint and every time I look at it, I feel a sense of power, exactly what the tiger portrays. Dad says that it has the “Mona Lisa type eyes” where he feels that the tiger’s eyes follow you around the room. What do you think?
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