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Elephant Progression

I've been busy trying to get this painting off and running the last couple weeks so I decided to post a few progression shots of how this elephant is S L O W L Y evolving into it's own. When I  started this project I initially planned on keeping a palate with only cool tones and some neutrals....but I cracked and threw some pinks & yellows in (note to self it's hard to say no to color) 

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In the works

 

My newest and latest painting I'm starting is going to be of one of my favorite animals, an ELEPHANT. I've done a few different variations of elephant artwork over the last year or so (that can be seen in some of the works I have completed). From a flat graphic interpretation, a bright patterned display and watercolor with pen variation, it's a subject that continues to evolve in my work. For this newest and latest custom piece, I have recently sketched out a rough outline. This elephant is going to be on a 30 x42 inch stretched canvas and will be done in oils. I'm planning on taking a realistic approach regarding the elephant's face and anatomy but adding in some slightly unusual colors for the skin, ears and trunk. Stay tuned for progression :) 

in front of the outlined sketch

in front of the outlined sketch

excited to get some real paint down. 

excited to get some real paint down. 

 

palette

I love having a clean palette to work with. After every painting I finish, I take a razor to the old dried on paint & when I can, I save any usable paint that is leftover. Usually there's nothing much to salvage & I'm able to have a fresh start (which feels more refreshing if you ask me). 

palette knife on full/dirty palette