Tiger Whitehead – III

There is still some minor touch-up required (the water around the big bear most obviously) and of course it needs a frame, but I think this is coming along quite nicely. You can click it to zoom in to a higher resolution version (although it looks better in person — my camera just can’t capture the subtle tone gradients, as well as the fact that you can’t really get just how textured it is).

To those who’ve been asking I’ll probably set up an online shop for both originals and prints soon. Thank you for the support in this!


13 Responses to “Tiger Whitehead – III”

  1. coldclimate Says:

    count me in for a print.

  2. lilangel311 Says:

    Why don’t you also sell some type of flash art? I know it’s not very original if we all buy the same piece but that would be amazing. I would get the work done as soon as I would get it in the mail.

  3. Han Says:

    Haha, I love this…it has this innocent charm to it that feels really premodern, a world where the gun and the milk bottle can be displayed side by side as necessary tools for nurturing and livelihood, and man and creature will feed off eachother but understand the nature of that relationship.

    Out of interest, do you use an acrylics medium to get the paint so textured?

  4. TheWomanMonster Says:

    Gorgeous painting Shannon, I love it.

  5. Shannon Says:

    Han — I don’t use mediums most of the time. I used to, but I don’t these days. To additionally accentuate the texture, I prep the canvas/wood in advance with a very heavy underlayer (which does often contain medium — as well as texturing agents). I also use “sludge” to build up that texture — http://tri-art.ca/en/products/sludge/

  6. suzanne Says:

    That cottage look like a Yert. Its pretty and idyllic but that mother bear is making me nervous.

  7. Andrew Whitehead Says:

    I love the painting , Tiger Whitehead was my great great grandfarther. He operated a gristmill besides being a bear hunter , He was named tiger after a traveling circus lost a tiger and commisioned him to hunt it down , He broght it back from the the thickly forsted mountains of east tennessee in just a few short days alive. By the way there is one inaccuracy with the painting sally nursed a bear cub and two fawns on her very own brest. Is is written on her toumbstone.

  8. Lisa Whitehead Says:

    OMG!!!! That’s so cool!! I just found out that my great great granfether is Tiger Whitehead and that there was a song about him by Johnny Cash! My grandfather was telling me some stories and came on the subect of great paw paw Whitehead and he showed me this newspaper clipping of it talking about the song Johnny Cash wrote about him. I found the song too omg!! That’s soo wild!!

  9. Andrew Whitehead Says:

    Besides operating a waterwheel powered grist meal near elizabethtown ,Tn Tiger having said to have killed 99 bears ,was a famous bear hunter. So the story goes that when Tiger was taken ill and very near his death , his buddies brought to his bedside a black bear they had captured and caged. They ask tiger to shoot it so he could kill his 100th bear. But Tiger replied “No ,If its not wild and running free ,then it dosen’t count.

  10. david roy whitehead Says:

    andrew it looks like we must be kin i thought i was last remaining decendant of tiger grandson of roy whitehead ……….so i thought???

  11. Brenda Wilkinson Says:

    Hello cousins

    Who is Tiger Whitehead’s parents and grandparents? I am desecended from Burcher and Nancy Whitehead, their son, Floyd Lee Whitehead,
    through his son. Alexander Robert Whitehead & Lucy Stratton, and their son, James Dean & Lorena Elizabeth Mahone, and their Daughter Lucy Whitehead who married Eustace Minor Wilkinson.

    I just recently looked up tiger whitehead, and it is fascinating.

    Brenda Wilkinson

  12. bow hunter Says:

    I like your site. I’m looking forward to more visits here. Thanks!

  13. Adam Pope Says:

    I live in Hendersonville, TN. One day, while visiting my then-girlfriend in Johnson City, TN…I personally found Tiger Whiteheads grave on top of Whitehead Hill. It was an amazing experience and adventure, and just seeing both Tiger & Sally’s names on the stones blew my mind. I had heard about it on a CD I had in which Johnny Cash told of his experience on the same mountain. It wasn’t long after that, I ended up meeting John Carter Cash, who pitched a song I wrote called “I Was The Train” to an artist named Vince Mira, and got me my first sogwriter cut! I got to tell of my experience to Johnny’s son, which I found just so surreal. RIP Tiger Whitehead.

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