African Elephant! Again, it’s a little ways away from my usual bird paintings, but who doesn’t like elephants?
I know it looks like watercolor, but it is actually acrylic on canvas. I did a wash for the background, then did a pencil sketch on top of that. Then I filled in the shadow areas with very watered down acrylic. I think I was pretending that it was watercolor. Sometimes I’ve just got to paint on a canvas! Hence the acrylics!
I sold this fella at the art sale. Or rather, yesterday. A woman was torn between two paintings and bought the egret instead of the elephant. Then she called the day after and asked if the elephant had sold. This may sound silly, but I like it when I know my paintings are going to a good home. It’s like… giving up a little part of myself every time I sell or give away a painting. She was thinking about this guy even when she got home, so I know he’s a happy elephant now.
I think I’ve had too much caffeine…
Brown Pelican acrylic painting. I had fun painting this! I usually paint more… normal-looking animals. This guy was just so gorgeous, I had to paint him! He is on 9x12 canvas.
Historiae Animalium by Conrad Gesner (1551-1587)
“Conrad Gesner’s Historiae Animalium (Studies on Animals) is considered to be the first modern zoological work. Building a bridge between ancient, medieval, and modern science, he chronicles data from old sources, such as The Old Testament, Aristotle and medieval bestiaries, and adds his own observations, creating a new, comprehensive description of the Animal Kingdom. In what is the first attempt by anyone to describe many of the animals accurately, the book is illustrated with hand-colored woodcuts drawn from personal observations by Gesner and his colleagues.”
Great Horned Owl acrylic painting. I think its around 30x40”. It’s big, anyway. I had so much fun painting this! Hopefully someone will feel inspired to buy this at the art sale so I can pay for the wedding dress I just bought! :)
This is going to be my next big bird piece. It will be two crows looking at one another with an environment full of branches. I’m not sure what kind of lighting situation it is going to be yet.