Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wilbur Paints Christmas

The experience of painting with Wilbur the Sea Lion was entirely amazing. (see previous blog post) Inevitably, an illustration began to churn. And, out came Wilbur painting a Christmas tree.

Wilbur even had a few things to say about it:

Wilbur Talks About His Art from Cheryl Kugler on Vimeo.

To see more about Wilbur, a sea lion who creates abstract paintings at Theater of the Sea in Islamorada, Florida, check out my previous blog post: Wilbur, Sea Lion Artist Extraordinare.

And, one last peek at Wil before you go:

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Thanks for stopping~


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Wilbur: Sea Lion Artist Extraordinaire

Some folks swim with the dolphins. I opted to paint with a sea lion - a most amazing artist experience. Yes, a sea lion named Wilbur actually paints. On a canvas. For fish.

Where? Theater of the Sea in Islamorada, Florida.

On a recent vacation, I couldn't resist the opportunity. Come and take a look at Wilbur's creative process...

Wilbur poses with his masterpiece. A little abstract, I might say:

A short video of the experience:
(Note: my first attempt at using Google's video editor. Timing seemed accurate in the editor, but timeframes shortened in conversion - sorry!)

Wilbur: Sea Lion Artist Extraordinaire from Cheryl Kugler on Vimeo.


So, here's Wilbur.

First step. Picking paints:
As the participant, you select 4 colors.

A close-up of Wilbur's brushes and paints:

Wil's first strokes:

Adding color:

Pink makes it POP:

The final painting:
Love Wilbur's whisker marks in the paint! So endearing.

And, with Wilbur's masterpiece:

(On a side note: lovin' the butterfly bench inside the aquamarine park. Would look great in the garden at home. Anyone know where to find one?!)

COME TO FIND OUT that artist/animal enrichment programs are available at zoos across the country. Check out a book called "Fur in My Paint" by Tifane Grace for more information. Paint with dolphins, snakes, orangutans, elephants, SEA LIONS, and more.

Truly an experience I will never, ever forget!

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* Rejuvenating the Artist's Soul at N. Myrtle Beach

Thanks for stopping by~