I have to say that elephants are one of my favorite animals in the animal kingdom. Majestic, passionate, massive and gentle. Mostly when I paint, I paint for other folks whether it is for a commission or for a potential sale. I painted the No-Bull (Noble) Elephant for me. I am a big fan of Bob Ransley's work and am inspired by the bright colors in his work. I haven't painted this size in a very long time. I incorporated most of the colors from my living room rug into the painting. Below is the W.I.P.
24 x 30
Oil on Canvas
First 20 Minutes:
After 45 minutes:
An hour and 15 minutes:
I think I'm finished. I'm thinking about it. I'll take a better picture this week.
Still on safari. I haven't decided whether or not this painting is finished. I may go back into it to lighten up the background. The reference photo I used had a really dark background. I will list it on eBay to see if it gets any activity. If it does not, then I will come back to it.
Holy cow! I just looked back in my blog to find my last still life, and it was November 13 -- 3 months ago!
Even though it had been months, I took the bull by the horns and went for glass AND a flower! Probably my favorite color scheme: turquoise and red. The vase is actually greener than I painted it, but some Phthalo blue found itself in the green I was ready to paint. I liked the way it looked, so I left it.
I sold a rooster painting on eBay, and upon receiving it, my customer realized she wanted a larger version of the same painting. I sent her a photo of the finished product before mailing it, and she is very pleased.
1st version she bought:
Oil on Gessoboard
2nd painting she commissioned:
"Rooster On the Move"
Oil on Linen Canvas
Another fun thing I have been doing is making "blob animals". I have two of Carla Sonheim's books: Drawing & Painting Imaginary Animals and Drawing Lab Mixed Media Artists Exercises which are both a lot of fun. One of the exercises is to make a watercolor blob and see what kind of imaginary animal develops and take it from there. It's a great deal of fun for anyone, but as an artist, it provides that child-like freedom of drawing/painting without the obsessive judgment that we frequently inflict upon ourselves.