Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Etosha Elephants

So I had a little nugget of time today, and a little 10x12 canvas, so I decided to paint some elephants, again to go along with my theme of travel-inspired paintings. This is based on a photo I took of a bunch of elephants and antelope at a water hole in Etosha National Park in Namibia from my trip in 2004.

In reality there were about 25 elephants at the water hole. My photo had 4 of them. I decided to minimize it even further to two elephants, and even more by leaving it looking unfinished. I'm never a realist, but I'm picky about making things look finished normally. So this is a stretch beyond my style, but I am pleased with how it turned out. The splashes of paint are mostly achieved by scraping my palette knife all over my palette and then all over the canvas in a random fashion, then blending some areas with my fingers. This was the same approach to the background in Namibian Playground which was partially intentional in that I liked how it turned out there and thought it would work again here. Now it has me wondering if I should tie each painting within a mini set (this one being a mini set of paintings about Namibia) together using some commonality. Just a thought, but we'll see what happens!

1 comment:

Nadir Jaffer said...

Hey Z, love this piece of the elephants....I can imagine myself there walking in the shadows trying to figure out what they are thinking. I like how their faces show expression left to the viewers imagination. thx..Nadir